College defends Winnipeg doc’s suspension after he texted ‘sexualized’ photos with teen patient

The Manitoba College of Physicians and Surgeons is defending their decision to allow a doctor to continue practicing after he sent more than 1,000 text messages and several gifts to a teen patient that were described as “salacious, personal and sexualized.”The College made the decision Sept. 12 after a hearing on June 18 into the behaviour of Dr. Shamoon Hasham Din, 42. Dr. Din formally practiced in Mississauga, Ont. before starting to practice in Winnipeg in 2015.Story continues below

The inquiry charged Dr. Din with several counts of professional misconduct, including the exploitation of his patient, a teen girl, “for his personal advantage by becoming involved in an inappropriate personal relationship” with her, giving her medications without proper documentation, misleading the college about the misconduct, and seeing patients without a supervisor.READ MORE: ‘All the hard work is paying off’: Manitoba’s newest doctors and dentists graduateHe pled guilty to all counts and was suspended for a year, ordered to undergo mandatory psychiatric counselling, and fined $29,637.90. His name was also made public and should he return to practice, he will be required to be supervised with all female patients.Registrar Dr. Anna Ziomek said he was not stripped of his licence, partly because it was “the first time Dr. Din has been disciplined by the College.”“It should also be noted that there are signage requirements which, combined with the publication of this decision will enhance the effectiveness of the chaperone requirement.“The supervisor will be aware of the Panel’s findings and the Panel’s Order contains additional safeguards, such as the chaperone requirement, that will be in place to protect the public,” she wrote in a statement to Global News.A single text messageAccording to the decision, the inappropriate relationship between Dr. Din and the girl started with a text message sent in the summer of 2016, when she was 16, after she had seen him for ongoing anxiety.She continued to see Dr. Din, said the college, and he eventually prescribed her Lorazepam, a drug commonly used to temporarily treat anxiety. A few weeks later, on Sept. 4, she filled additional prescriptions, including for Tylenol-3.Dr. Din couldn’t recall why he prescribed her T3s, and admitted “that he did not create a medical record for those prescriptions,” reads the decision.WATCH: Winnipeg doctors informed their jobs are being eliminated