Dating your doctor
The woman had been experiencing stress at work as well as marital difficulties, and was seeing Ghabbour for anxiety and depression. She began displaying romantic feelings for him in sessions in early 2015, which he testified he resisted.
Why struggle to figure out “what he’s thinking” when you could just, I don’t know – ASK HIM! With the whole lake thing, it sounded like you might be—“ “No.
Let’s play the worst case scenario back to you: “So, Dr. I don’t need more than five minutes to help you rehab your arm.” “Oh, I just thought that you—“ “I’m sorry. I can’t fraternize with my patients, although it is flattering.
He loves it when you tell him your GERD is flaring up. But he must deal with people literally complaining about their problems all day long for his job, so dude's a great listener.3. He knows what's important (life) and what's not (all the other things). In case of emergency, you've learned not to freak the fuck out.
Not that it ever should be in any healthy relationship, but the hall-marks of longterm relationships (e.g., farting in front of each other, burping away) come on much faster when you're with a physician. Having literally been in life-or-death situations, he's got perspective.
Ghabbour’s lawyer, Paul-Erik Veel, argued for a nine to 12-month suspension along with a condition that Ghabbour seek therapy, saying it’s important to keep in mind that Ghabbour pleaded guilty, that this was an isolated incident for someone with no prior discipline history, and that Ghabbour has suffered from depression. Julian Gojer also testified that Ghabbour is at a low risk to reoffend, but admitted on the stand that there would be “enormous work” involved in Ghabbour’s therapy because he now lives with Patient A.
“I do not disagree with the proposition that penalties can and should change over time, but they should be incremental and proportional,” Veel told the panel.
While admitting that dating a patient so soon after the end of their professional relationship was a serious boundary violation and a “huge lapse in judgment,” Ghabbour also testified: “I love her, I adore her, and I respect her.”Previous cases involving similar conduct that were presented to the panel included penalties within the range of nine to 12 months, but Widner urged the panel to increase the punishment due to “changing social norms.” A revocation in this case would mean that Ghabbour can reapply for his licence in 12 months, but he would have to convince the panel that he is fit to practise.
Widner said this would allow the panel to make sure that Ghabbour has received proper therapy for his boundary violation with Patient A.
Let the very proactive, very ambitious date night planning begin!