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Comments on New Jersey’s Proposed Rule on Sexual Misconduct Education and Prevention

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Public Citizen submitted comments supporting a proposed New Jersey rule for physician education about sexual misconduct prevention and patient right to an observer. We also called for improving the rule by (1) ensuring adequacy of educational programs, (2) extending patient right to a trained observer to all clinical encounters and mandating use of trained observers during sensitive examinations in all health care settings, (3) promoting independence of observers, (4) replacing use of board-mandated observers for abusive physicians with more effective measures to protect patients, and (5) educating patients about proper sensitive examination.