Friday, 26 May 2017

Doctors who sexually molest their patients deserved to be removed from their professions. (part 2)                                   

Psychiatrists are physicians who specialize in using clinical practices in the treatment of mental illnesses and disorders, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and addictions. The path to becoming a clinical psychiatrist requires many years of schooling, beginning with an undergraduate degree program in medicine and concluding with years of practice in a residency (a hospital or a clinic or both)  These professionals may work in a variety of settings such as mental hospitals, ordinary hospitals, clinics  and in private practice.

Their patients reply on the expertise of psychiatrists to cure them of their mental or emotional problems and most importantly, they rely on their discretion and sincerity.

Unfortunately, there have been instances when a few psychiatrists have gone far beyond their role of a psychiatrist and moved into the role of a sexual molester of their patients.

I am now going to tell you about one such psychiatrist who was a sexual molester who abused one of his patients. 

George Glumac

This man was a psychiatrist and a member of the college of Physicians and Surgeons since 1977. He ran his own practice at 1 Pheasant Run Drive, in the Ontario City of Guelph.

He owned a small private psychiatric clinic in Guelph. Current estimates showed that his clinic had an annual revenue of approximately $80,600 in 2016 and employed a staff of one person. As a business entity, his clinic was small potatoes.

As it turned out, this particular psychiatrist was in need of the service of another psychiatrist. Any psychiatrist would do.

I am not a psychiatrist or a psychologist however I studied Abnormal Psychology at the University of Toronto in the 1970s for nine months. I also counselled mentally ill prisoners for a year in a correctional facility in Toronto so I know something about mental illness.

Glumac was not a sexual predator instead he was a sexual opportunist who took the opportunity that presented himself with the chance to sexually abuse his victims. His opportunities seem to have begun in his clinic.

This psychiatrist was found guilty of committing professional misconduct for sexual abuse following a hearing on March 21, 2016.

According to a report released by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, a female patient (Patient A) in 2008 sought treatment from Glumac.

He treated both the patient (Patient A) who initially sought his services, as well as her husband (Patient B).

In the report the College of that convinced the College that Glumac’s licence to practice medicine should be revoked.

The grounds for the revocation was that Glumac sexually abused his patient Patient A on a couple of occasions.

The reports says that Glumac visited his patient at a recovery home, where she was staying following a mastectomy. He asked her to lay on the bed stating that his intentions were not sexual. (said the spider to the fly)

“Dr. Glumac then laid on the bed with her and asked if he
could hug her. They lay on the bed together in a spooning position and he kissed her from behind. She felt his erection pressing against her. Patient A got off the bed and asked Dr. Glumac to leave facility,

As a result of these incidents, Patient A had planned not to return to see Dr. Glumac anymore. But after enduring a difficult bout of chemotherapy, she reached out for his support once more again. At subsequent appointments, Dr. Glumac kissed Patient A on the lips and hugged her frequently, with his hands around her waist and hips.

The report further outlined how Glumac took $20,000 from her and her husband under false pretenses, saying it was for charity, when it was actually used to manage his real estate investments. The report stated that Glumac did not repay the couple as he agreed to do.

After multiple attempts at getting their money they reported him to the college. The college then retained the services of another doctor to advise them about on the care and treatment provided by Dr. Glumac to Patient A.

That doctor found that Glumac had violated the boundaries of a psychotherapeutic relationship, and prescribed medication inappropriately. He concluded that Dr. Glumac was a risk to other patients.

The college ordered that Glumac’s licence to practice psychiatry be revoked. Further, he was ordered to reimburse the college for over $16,000 for funding provided to the patients, and was fined $5,000. It is not known if there are criminal charges pending. I don’t know if he can practice in other areas of medicine. I suspect that he can because he was also ordered to attend the College for a reprimand.

Considering the fact that he didn’t fondle his patient in areas of her body that is reserved for a lover or partner and didn’t have any form of sex with the woman, his actions wasn’t deserving of revocation of his licence to practice medicine as a family physician. 

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