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June 30, 2014
College of Physicians and Surgeons
2700 Telus Plaza South
10020 100th Street
Edmonton, AB. T5J 0N3
Attention: Complaints Director
Complaint re: Dr. Emily Stevenson, MD
Westgrove Medical Clinic
201-505 QUEEN ST
Spruce Grove, Alberta, T7X 2V2
Reference: Ms. L.
On January 13, 2014, Ms.L. attended at the Westgrove Medical Clinic office
in order to renew her Driving license.
– Ms. L. was administered and successfully passed the required physical assessment.
– Ms. L. was administered and successfully passed a Simard MD test with a higher than the “High passing probability” score as
noted on the Simard MD Form.
COMPLAINT that Dr. Stevenson
1) unfairly denied renewal of client’s driving license though
client had met the requirement of the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators Medical Standards .
2) administered a Simard MD cognitive test which is not formally recognized by
the Alberta Department of Transportation.
3) demonstrated error in judgement. In subjecting Ms. L. to the Simard MD cognitive test, Dr. Stevenson demonstrated
a disregard for the presumption of capacity, a principle of law of the Adult Guardianship & Trusteeship Act 2009, Section 2 (a).
4) misdiagnosed the client – Without supporting evidence, Dr. Stevenson made an entry in Ms. L. medical file, which states
that Ms. L. suffers from memory dysfunction / mild dementia.
5) recommended further testing though Ms. L. passed the Medical Requirement for licensing.
6) was untruthful On the Medical Examination For Motor Vehicle Operators Form stated that the client, Ms. L. had been under
her care for six months. Dr. Stevenson was a locum physician, was not the Applicant’s regular doctor, had never seen Ms. L. before.
7) administered the Simard MD cognitive test without informed consent.
8) Failed to obtain informed consent. Failed to inform Ms. L.
a) of the purpose of the Simard MD,
b) that a low score will result in a diagnosis of “dementia”,
c) that the diagnosis of “dementia” would be entered in her medical file / legal document.
d) that a low score may result in termination of her right to drive
e) of her legal right to refuse testing.
f) that the Simard MD test is not formally recognized by the Alberta Department of Transportation.
9) breach of a duty of care to Ms. L. Disregarded her fiduciary duty to Ms. L.- failed to act in client’s best interests.
We respectfully urge that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta cause this injustice to be remediated.
1) The removal of the unsubstantiated diagnosis of memory dysfunction/ dementia from her medical file.
2) The notification to Driver Fitness and Monitoring (DFM) of Alberta Transportation that Ms. L. has met the requirement
of the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators Medical Standards, to renew her driving license.
3) Notification, in writing, to Ms. L. of license re-instatement.
We would be grateful that this matter be resolved and that we be in receipt of this resolution in regard to this matter by
the 21th of July, 2014.
Elder Advocates of Alberta Society,
c.c Mr. Ken Lemke, MLA