William Hosfield, Minnesota psychiatrist, overstepped boundaries while treating an adolescent female patient

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Saint Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota)
U PSYCHIATRIST AMONG 4 DOCTORS DISCIPLINED BY STATE;
$3,500 FINE LEVIED FOR HIS ACTIONS IN DRUG STUDY AT U
By Tom Majeski
May 26, 1998

…the board fined a Golden Valley psychiatrist $10,000 and restricted his license…

Psychiatrist William Hosfield

Psychiatrist William Hosfield

The Golden Valley psychiatrist, Dr. William B. Hosfield, 56, was disciplined for unprofessional conduct, inability to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety by reason of illness, improper management of medical records and becoming addicted or habituated to a drug or intoxicant.

According to the board, Hosfield overstepped doctor-patient boundaries while treating an adolescent female patient. He also failed to keep adequate medical records and improperly contacted the patient by telephone shortly after the patient’s mother terminated her therapy.

Besides paying the fine, Hosfield was ordered to obtain a physician to monitor and/or manage his treatment and abstain completely from alcohol and mood-altering chemicals. He also was prohibited from prescribing or administering prescription drugs or drug samples for his own use or for his family members’ use.

In addition, Hosfield must attend weekly meetings of self-help groups and monthly meetings of a professional self-help group, successfully complete a pre-approved professional boundaries training course, practice only in a pre-approved supervised setting and limit his practice to research, administrative work, medication management and evaluation and consultation.

After three years, Hosfield may petition the board to modify the terms of the order, the board said…

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