"Why did these schools need MEDICAL STUDENTS to point out that procedures performed on anesthetized patients without prior consent might be illegal?"
According to the article, in the fine print of the document the patients signed authorizing surgery, these pelvic exams were also authorized, though it was not clearly specified that they would be performed by multiple students for learning purposes.
Here's the link, since the CNN article is copyrighted:
READ IT before you sign it, if you have any questions--always a good idea.
cyberkat writes: "Not to mention a good reason to be wary of teaching hospitals."
I completely disagree with you. My experience working in a teaching hospital was that the patients got state-of-the-art treatment, closely supervised by some of the best docs in their fields.