§ 16.1. Definitions.
The following words and terms, when used in this chapter and Chapters 17 and 18 (relating to State Board of Medicinemedical doctors; and State Board of Medicinepractitioners other than medical doctors), have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
ACCMEThe Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.
AMAAmerican Medical Association.
AMA PRAAmerican Medical Association Physicians Recognition Award.
Accredited medical collegeAn institution of higher learning accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education to provide courses in the arts and sciences of medicine and related subjects and empowered to grant professional and academic degrees in medicine.
ActThe Medical Practice Act of 1985 (63 P. S. § § 422.1422.45).
Approved activityA continuing medical education activity accepted for AMA PRA credit.
BoardThe State Board of Medicine.
Board-regulated practitionerA medical doctor, midwife, physician assistant, drugless therapist, respiratory therapist, athletic trainer, acupuncturist, practitioner of Oriental medicine, genetic counselor, behavior specialist, perfusionist, prosthetist, orthotist, pedorthist, orthotic fitter or an applicant for a license or certificate that the Board may issue.
Category 1 activitiesContinuing medical education activities approved for AMA PRA Category 1 credit.
Category 2 activitiesContinuing medical education activities approved for AMA PRA Category 2 credit.
ConvictionA judgment of guilt, an admission of guilt or a plea of nolo contendere.
ECFMGThe Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.
FLEXThe Federation Licensing Examination, which was used by the Board to test applicants for a license to practice medicine and surgery without restriction. The examination was comprised of two componentsFLEX I and FLEX II. The last regular administration of FLEX I and FLEX II was in December 1993.
FederationThe Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, Inc.
Fifth pathway programA program that satisfies standards equivalent to those recommended for fifth pathway programs by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association, and which is recognized by the licensing authority in the state, territory or possession of the United States in which the program is physically located.
Graduate medical trainingTraining accredited as graduate medical education by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or by another accrediting body recognized by the Board for the purpose of accrediting graduate medical education, or training provided by a hospital accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals which is acceptable to an American Board of a Medical Specialty towards the training it requires for the certification it issues in a medical specialty or subspecialty.
Immediate family memberA parent, spouse, child or adult sibling residing in the same household.
MCARE ActThe Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCARE) Act (40 P. S. § § 1303.1011303.910).
NBMEThe National Board of Medical Examiners of the United States, Inc.
National BoardsThe examination of the National Board of Medical Examiners of the United States, Inc. NBME Part I was last administered in June 1992, NBME Part II was last administered in April 1992 and NBME Part III will be last administered in May 1994.
SPEXSpecial purpose examination offered by the Federation and NBME to assist the assessment of current competence requisite for the practice of medicine and surgery by physicians who hold or have held a license in the United States or another jurisdiction.
Sexual behaviorAny sexual conduct which is nondiagnostic and nontherapeutic; it may be verbal or physical and may include expressions of thoughts and feelings or gestures that are sexual in nature or that reasonably may be construed by a patient as sexual in nature.
Sexual exploitationAny sexual behavior that uses trust, knowledge, emotions or influence derived from the professional relationship.
Treatment regimenThe provision of care and practice of a component of the healing arts by a Board-regulated practitioner.
USMLEThe United States Medical Licensing Examination, a single, uniform examination for medical licensure consisting of three steps. The examination is provided by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) and replaces the FLEX and the NBME National Boards Parts examination.
Unaccredited medical collegeAn institution of higher learning which provides courses in the arts and sciences of medicine and related subjects, is empowered to grant professional and academic degrees in medicine, is listed by the World Health Organization or is otherwise recognized as a medical college by the country in which it is situated, and is not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Board.
The provisions of this § 16.1 amended under sections 8, 13.3(c), 24(a), (c) and (d), 41(8) and 51.1(d) of the Medical Practice Act of 1985 (63 P.S. § § 422.8, 422.13c(c), 422.24(a), (c) and (d), 422.41(8) and 422.51a(d)); section 910 of the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCARE) Act (40 P.S. § 1303.910); section 3 of the Acupuncture Licensure Act (63 P.S. § 1803); and 23 Pa.C.S. § 6383(b)(2).
The provisions of this § 16.1 amended April 8, 1994, effective April 9, 1994, 24 Pa.B. 1838; amended January 3, 2004, effective January 4, 2004, 34 Pa.B. 40; amended August 27, 2004, effective August 28, 2004, 34 Pa.B. 4686; amended April 13, 2007, effective April 14, 2007, 37 Pa.B. 1644; amended July 13, 2007, effective July 14, 2007, 37 Pa.B. 3230; amended August 24, 2012, effective August 25, 2012, 42 Pa.B. 5484; amended August 2, 2013, effective August 3, 2013, 43 Pa.B. 4329; amended March 25, 2022, effective March 26, 2022, 52 Pa.B. 1899; amended January 6, 2023, effective January 7, 2023, 53 Pa.B. 14. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (409141) to (409144).
This section cited in 49 Pa. Code § 18.309b (relating to approved educational courses).
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