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If a Man Needs a Gynecologist, Will He Be Able to Find One?Gynecologists and Male Patients

Jeremy R. Simon, MD, PhD; and Elizabeth A. Stier, MD
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This article was published online first at www.annals.org on 25 February 2014.

From Columbia University, New York, New York, and Boston University Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts.

Disclosures: None. Forms can be viewed atwww.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M13-2990.

Requests for Single Reprints: Elizabeth A. Stier, MD, Boston University Medical Center, 85 East Concord Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02118; e-mail, elstier@bu.edu.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Simon: 622 West 168th Street, VC 2-230, New York, NY 10032.

Dr. Stier: Boston University Medical Center, 85 East Concord Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02118.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: J.R. Simon, E.A. Stier.

Drafting of the article: J.R. Simon, E.A. Stier.

Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: J.R. Simon, E.A. Stier.

Final approval of the article: J.R. Simon, E.A. Stier.

Collection and assembly of data: J.R. Simon.

Ann Intern Med. 2014;160(8):570-571. doi:10.7326/M13-2990
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In September 2013, the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology revised its definition of “obstetrician-gynecologist,” which explicitly prohibited gynecologists from performing anoscopy (on men) and vasectomy. After intense pressure, it fully reversed its stance in early 2014. This commentary discusses the flaws in its initial decision.

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