Alberta doctor suspended after using inappropriate sexual language with colleagues

A doctor has been suspended by the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) for six months for unprofessional conduct.

Aasim Malik was accused of inappropriate sexual language in conversations with four female health-care professionals he worked with and disclosing personal, sexual details about himself.

He was also accused of hugging two colleagues without their consent and providing an antibiotic prescription for one colleague’s child without assessing the patient or creating a medical record for the care provided.

Malik admitted to the allegations and the hearing tribunal accepted a joint submission on sanctions, which includes:

  • A six-month suspension of his practice permit
  • Submitting a letter to the hearing tribunal outlining his understanding of his conduct and how it affected the complainants (who will also receive a copy of the letter)
  • Paying two-thirds of the cost of the hearing and investigation (amount to be determined later).

“Everyone has a right to feel safe in the workplace and should never have to worry about sexual harassment or inappropriate behaviour, especially from someone in a leadership position,” the tribunal said in the ruling. “Maintaining appropriate boundaries in all aspects of medical practice is a vital part of upholding the integrity of the medical profession.”

For more information see Malik (Re), 2022 CanLII 72069 (AB CPSDC).