Dialogue Volume 14 Issue 4 2018 - Page 82

DISCIPLINE SUMMARIES time. On occasion, Dr. Wright would provide medi- cal comments directly connected to the women’s own health issues such as post-surgical pain, fibromyalgia, chronic pain and the use of narcotics. The women with whom Dr. Wright established these relationships on the internet learned that he had en- gaged in the same behaviour with multiple women at the same time. The women requested that Dr. Wright cease contacting them, but he did not immediately do so. The women were not patients of Dr. Wright. The College has a position statement on social me- dia use by its members. It recommends, among other things, that physicians: “Protect their own reputation, the reputation of the profession, and the public trust by not posting content that could be viewed as unprofessional. Be mindful of their Internet presence, and be proactive in removing content posted by themselves or others which may be viewed as unprofessional.” ORDER The Discipline Committee directed: a one-month suspension; a reprimand; and successful complete of the PROBE course in ethics and professionalism. Dr. Wright was also ordered to pay costs to the College in the amount of $5,500.00. For complete details, please see the full decision at www.cpso.on.ca. Select Find a Doctor and enter the doctor’s name. At the conclusion of the hearing, Dr. Wright waived his right to an appeal and the Committee administered the public reprimand. DR. RAYMOND HON CHUEN WU PRACTICE LOCATION: Markham AREA OF PRACTICE: General Practice HEARING INFORMATION: Statement of Facts; Plea of No Contest On June 28, 2018, the Discipline Committee found that Dr. Wu committed an act of professional mis- conduct in that he failed to maintain the standard of 82 DIALOGUE ISSUE 4, 2018 practice of the profession, and engaged in disgrace- ful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct. Dr. Wu is a 64-year-old general physician who received his certificate of registration authorizing independent practice in 1987. At the relevant time, Dr. Wu was acting as a locum at a family medicine practice in Markham and also has his own family medicine practice in Markham. Dr.Wu acted as a locum in the practice of his nephew, Dr. Howard Wu, from June 2013 to Decem- ber 2013, where he practised two days a week, seeing 60-70 patients per day, while Dr. Howard Wu’s cer- tificate of registration was suspended. In his capacity as a locum in Dr. Howard Wu’s practice, Dr. Ray- mond Wu supervised employees of Dr. Howard Wu who were international medical graduates (IMGs). In accordance with the office procedures established by Dr. Howard Wu, the IMGs saw patients on their own and discussed their findings, assessments and management plans with Dr. Raymond Wu. Dr. Ray- mond Wu then signed prescriptions and any notes the patients required. Some patients seen by the IMGs and for whom Dr. Raymond Wu completed medical device claims and prescribed medical devices were referred by the physiotherapy clinic next door for assessment of their musculoskeletal complaints. COLLEGE INVESTIGATION The College commenced investigation, after Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada contacted the College, expressing concerns that Dr. Raymond Wu had been inappropriately completing medical device claims and prescribing medical devices for patients where there was no medical necessity. The College retained an expert to provide an opinion on Dr. Ray- mond Wu’s standard of practice. The expert reviewed the charts of six patients iden- tified by Sun Life as having prescriptions signed by Dr. Raymond Wu for whom he prescribed medical devices while he was acting as a locum in Dr. How- ard Wu’s office. The expert opined that Dr. Raymond Wu’s documentation fell below the standard of care expected of a family physician in the six charts reviewed, including a lack of detailed history of the patients’ presenting complaints, a lack of relevant past medical history, a lack of a detailed and clinical exam relevant to the patients’ presenting complaints