Dialogue Volume 15, Issue 2 2019 - Page 56

DISCIPLINE SUMMARIES any acne on her upper back as well. Dr. Szozda did not adequately explain his examination of Patient A’s upper chest and back before performing it. The inadequate explanation caused Patient A to be alarmed. b) During the appointment on May 21, 2013, Dr. Szozda assessed Patient A’s need for oral contra- ceptives, both as a matter of birth control, and to determine the combination of therapies to treat her acne. In doing so, Dr. Szozda inappropriately asked Patient A if she had a boyfriend. When Pa- tient A replied that she did not have a boyfriend, Dr. Szozda replied “Oh really, a pretty girl like you?” It was inappropriate of Dr. Szozda to com- ment on Patient A’s appearance. c) On August 8, 2014, Dr. Szozda performed a pelvic examination on Patient A. The examina- tion required her to be undressed from the waist down. She was provided with a gown. During the pelvic examination, before inserting the speculum, Dr. Szozda made an unnecessary and inappropri- ate comment to Patient A regarding the number of fingers he was able to insert into her introital opening. Patient A was upset by his comment. d) A  fter the pelvic examination, Patient A was not given sufficient privacy to change back into her own clothes. Dr. Szozda remained in the examina- tion room, with his back turned to the patient, looking at his computer screen and typing his chart notes into his electronic medical record. e) A  fter Patient A was fully clothed, Dr. Szozda briefly hugged Patient A. This was inappropriate in the circumstances and demonstrated poor judg- ment. The hug made Patient A uncomfortable; f) B  etween 2014 and 2015, Patient A had an ongo- ing problem with yeast infections. She had several vaginal examinations by Dr. Szozda in that period. Each time she was asked to undress from the waist down. Dr. Szozda failed to give her sufficient pri- vacy when putting her clothes back on. Dr. Szozda remained in the room, looking at the computer, which did not adequately protect the patient’s privacy. ORDER The Discipline Committee ordered: a two-month suspension on Dr. Szozda’s certificate of registration; a reprimand; successful completion of the PROBE course in ethics and boundaries; and payment to the College for hearing costs in the amount of $6,000. For complete details of the Order, 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. Szoda waived his right to an appeal and the Committee administered the public reprimand. CHANGING YOUR ADDRESS? WE’VE MADE IT EASIER FOR YOU TO LET US KNOW You can change your address online. Just enter your login information and update your information in the Members’ section of our website at www.cpso.on.ca You can also send us a change of address form. At the back of each issue of Dialogue and on the College’s website, a change of address form is provided. Please mail, fax, or email it to the College. You must notify the College within 30 days of an address change. The College’s register must contain your current mailing address, email address, and your primary practice address. The College also uses your email address for some communications. Your email address is not available to the public. 56 DIALOGUE ISSUE 2, 2019