Dialogue Volume 13 Issue 2 2017 - Page 55

discipline summaries Dr. GEORGE GLUMAC Practice Location: Guelph Area of Practice: Psychiatry Hearing Information: Plea of No Contest, Agreed Statement of Facts, Joint Submission on Penalty On March 21, 2016, the Discipline Committee found that Dr. George Glumac committed acts of professional misconduct, in that he engaged in the sexual abuse of a patient; he failed to maintain the standard of the profession; and he engaged in con- duct or an act or omission relevant to the practice of medicine that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as dis- graceful, dishonourable, or unprofessional. The Discipline Committee also found that Dr. Glumac is incompetent. Around 2008, Patient A sought a psychiatrist to assist with the care and treatment of one of her chil- dren with special needs. Patient A, who has had frequent surgeries, chronic pain, and limited mobility, also has a history of childhood sexual abuse. Patient A’s husband, Patient B, has a developmental disorder. Patient A and her family have faced significant financial challenges, receive financial assistance, and have no additional income. Dr. Glumac agreed to see the family for therapy for issues arising with Patient A’s child. In early 2009, Patient A asked to see Dr. Glumac alone. At their first private appointment in January 2009, Dr. Glumac suggested that Patient A would benefit from seeing someone, and he suggested she see him regularly as a “place to vent.” He told her he would see her as a friend. Patient A agreed and began to see Dr. Glumac regularly, without her children. Occasionally, Patient B, her husband, would join her in these sessions for joint counseling. Around May 2009, Dr. Glumac began managing Patient A’s chronic pain and prescribed an antide- pressant; a narcotic; an amphetamine; buproprion; a narcotic; benzodiazepine; an SSNRI; an SSRI; and a synthetic cannabinoid. Boundary Violations Dr. Glumac made personal disclosures to Patient A including that he was a practising fundamentalist Christian, details about his relationship with his wife and his medical history, and information about his childhood. Dr. Glumac would begin his sessions with Patient A by praying with her, either by placing his hands on her shoulders and invoking a blessing or by having Patient A kneel on the floor at his feet with her body between his knees, placing his hand on her head, and invoking a blessing. In their sessions, Dr. Glumac referred to Patient A as his “little buddy” and told her that he was seeing her as