Syd­ney doc­tor agrees to have li­cence re­voked

Ad­mits to mis­rep­re­sent­ing him­self when he ap­plied for li­cence

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A Syd­ney doc­tor has con­sented to hav­ing his li­cence to prac­tise medicine in Nova Sco­tia re­voked af­ter ad­mit­ting he mis­rep­re­sented him­self when he ap­plied for it.

The de­ci­sion by the Col­lege of Physi­cians and Sur­geons of Nova Sco­tia, dated Dec. 6, notes that the col­lege’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion com­mit­tee ap­proved an agree­ment be­tween the col­lege and Dr. Alias­ghar Norouzian. Norouzian ad­mit­ted to mis­rep­re­sent­ing in­for­ma­tion when he ap­ply­ing for a med­i­cal li­cence and that such a breach con­sti­tuted pro­fes­sional mis­con­duct un­der the Med­i­cal Act.

Norouzian can only ap­ply for a li­cence in the fu­ture if he sat­is­fies the reg­is­tra­tion com­mit­tee that he meets all re­quire­ments for a li­cence, in­clud­ing that of hav­ing the ca­pac­ity, com­pe­tence and char­ac­ter to safely and eth­i­cally prac­tice medicine.

Norouzian was is­sued the li­cense in 2014 and be­gan his prac­tice in Syd­ney in the late fall of that year. He was an in­ter­na­tional med­i­cal grad­u­ate who ob­tained his Nova Sco­tia li­cence un­der the for­mer clin­i­cal assess­ment for prac­tice pro­gram.

He had ap­plied un­der the pro­gram twice, with the first ap­pli­ca­tion re­jected be­cause he didn’t meet the pro­gram’s re­quire­ment for prac­tice ex­pe­ri­ence within a de­fined pe­riod of time. He then reap­plied with new in­for­ma­tion sug­gest­ing he had been prac­tis­ing in Iran within a time­frame that would qual­ify him for the pro­gram. He was ac­cepted and is­sued a de­fined li­cence.

The col­lege sub­se­quently ques­tioned some of the in­for­ma­tion Norouzian pro­vided, and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive met with him in April 2015.When he was ad­vised of in­con­sis­ten­cies in his ap­pli­ca­tion, Norouzian that some­one else had com­pleted his ap­pli­ca­tion on his be­half and in­for­ma­tion was in­serted in­cor­rectly with­out his knowl­edge.

The de­ci­sion noted that Norouzian pro­vided the same in­ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion on his li­cence ap­pli­ca­tion.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion com­mit­tee had is­sued an in­terim sus­pen­sion ef­fec­tive May 1, 2015. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion also in­volved re­view­ing doc­u­ments he had filed to prac­tice in Man­i­toba, where he had been de­nied a li­cence, and de­ter­mined that he had pro­vided in­ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion in that ap­pli­ca­tion as well. Norouzian told the col­lege he was new to Canada and didn’t un­der­stand the im­por­tance of ac­cu­racy in a CV.

The col­lege didn’t ac­cept Norouzian’s ex­pla­na­tions and found him “to have been strate­gi­cally and pur­pose­fully dis­hon­est” in the doc­u­ments.

Norouzian later wrote to the col­lege apol­o­giz­ing for his ac­tions and said that he had acted on the ad­vice of a friend when he changed his ap­pli­ca­tion doc­u­ments, cit­ing dif­fi­cult per­sonal cir­cum­stances.

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