I've always been opposed to the idea of having a "female attendant" in the room while I perform a physical examination on a woman. In medical school you always had to have a chaperone in the room when you performed a pelvic or breast exam on a woman and I always thought that doing so made a potentially uncomfortable situation even more awkward. Sends a message to the patient that either you don't trust her or she ought not to trust you. Gave me the creeps. Besides, contrary to popular thought (with the ubiquity of CT scans), physical exam is still a big part of what we do as doctors. I give my female patients a special gown and only expose what is necessary for a thorough exam. It's not a big deal. I can't remember the last time it was ever awkward; usually there's a steady stream of banter to keep things light and then I leave the room so they can dress.
But then I came across this horrible story of a GI doc who was falsely accused of "sodomy" during a colonoscopy. The guy basically lost everything before finally being exonerated years after the intial verdict. Sure, the lady had some serious red flags, but you'd never expect a patient to make up something so outlandish. Read the link if you have time.... it even won a Pulitzer Prize.