Dialogue Volume 14 Issue 2 2018 - Page 68

DISCIPLINE SUMMARIES artist, attended a “life drawing class” with the family. Life drawing classes involve drawing a person from observation of a live nude model. While socializing with Patient B, Dr. Maal-Bared shared information with her about her personal life and marital issues, gave Patient B skincare oil and some clothes she no longer wore. She also commis- sioned a piece of work from Patient A, which she paid for but ultimately decided not to accept. Dr. Maal-Bared and Patient B regularly exchanged emails and used nicknames for each other. While Dr. Maal-Bared was her physician, Dr. Maal- Bared hired Patient B as her administrative and per- sonal assistant. Patient A and Patient C were aware of and did not object to this arrangement. Patient B’s administrative work provided her with access to Dr. Maal-Bared's patients' medical records. Patient B’s responsibilities included organizing patient records and creating a database of patient contact informa- tion. Dr. Maal-Bared was aware that Patient B was working on a database of patient contact information from home and had made copies of patient contract information sheets. Dr. Maal-Bared’s position is that she had no knowledge and did not permit Patient B to remove medical records from her office. As Dr. Maal-Bared’s personal assistant, Patient B worked in Dr. Maal-Bared’s home, including orga- nizing her closet, and helped Dr. Maal-Bared with personal errands, such as once driving her to the veterinarian. Dr. Maal-Bared also hired Patient A to clean her office on a number of occasions. Patient B arranged for Patient C to purchase a computer for Dr. Maal-Bared and install software on it. Patient C also took professional photographs of Dr. Maal- Bared. Dr. Maal-Bared hired Patient B’s sister to move a desk for her. At Dr. Maal-Bared’s request, as part of her admin- istrative work, Patient B arranged to have her father who lived in the U.S. and sister pick up art work that Dr. Maal-Bared had ordered. Patient B’s sister brought it across the U.S. border to Toronto for Dr. Maal-Bared. Dr. Maal-Bared later asked her father to pick up the artwork from the family’s home. Dr. Maal-Bared attended in person at a hospital with the family when Patient B’s nephew became ill to advocate for his admission. 68 DIALOGUE ISSUE 2, 2018 By the end of May 2012, Dr. Maal-Bared’s relation- ship with the family broke down, at which time Dr. Maal-Bared apologized to Patient B, and acknowl- edged that the situation was Dr. Maal-Bared’s fault and that if they wanted to make a complaint to ad- dress their concerns, she would cooperate. In May 2014, the family sent letters of complaint to the College. In her response to the family’s complaints, Dr. Maal-Bared acknowledged that she had compro- mised professional boundaries by developing a person- al and employment relationships with the family. Dr. Maal-Bared took steps to remediate her behav- iour by completing courses in medical ethics, bound- aries, medical record-keeping and opioid prescribing. On March 6, 2017, Dr. Maal-Bared signed an un- dertaking with the College agreeing to: practise un- der the guidance of a Clinical Supervisor acceptable to the College for at least six months; be reassessed at the completion of the clinical supervision; be moni- tored and cooperate with unannounced inspections of her practice and patient records. ORDER The Committee ordered: a four-month suspension of Dr. Maal-Bared’s certificate of registration; a repri- mand and payment to the College of costs of $5,500. At the conclusion of the hearing, Dr. Maal-Bared waived her right to an appeal and the Committee ad- ministered the public reprimand. DR. EJAZ AHMED GHUMMAN PRACTICE LOCATION: Leamington AREA OF PRACTICE: General Surgery HEARING INFORMATION: Plea of No Contest; Mхѕ)Uѕѕ́1)ЁMՉͥ)A)=)ձİܰѡ͍ ѕչ)ѡЁȸյѕЁɽͥ)͍ՍЁѡЁѼхѡхɐ)Ʌѥѡɽͥ)ȸյ́Ʌɝɽܰ)ȸյ݅́ MхЁх