In major local news, the Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to a 190 million dollar settlement in a class action in the largest lawsuit of its kind. A male GYN Doctor secretly recorded the exams of at least 8,000 women. Once he was found out, he committed suicide. According to broadcast interviews, the women would be in the room with the Doctor alone during examinations.

My question is: Is it common to be alone during a gyno with a male doctor and not have a female assistant present?