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49 Pa. Code § 25.1. Definitions.

§ 25.1. Definitions.

 The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

   ACCME—The Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education.

   AMA PRA—American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award.

   AOA—The American Osteopathic Association.

   Act—The Osteopathic Medical Practice Act (63 P.S. § §  271.1—271.18).

   Agreement of affiliation—A written document evidencing the agreement between an approved hospital and an urgent care center, emergency center, surgicenter, office of a private practitioner or other health care facility for the training of osteopathic interns, residents or fellows.

   Approved activity—A continuing medical education activity accepted for AOA credit, ACCME credit or AMA PRA credit.

   Approved graduate osteopathic medical training—An approved internship or an approved residency.

   Approved internship—An osteopathic rotating internship program approved by the AOA and the Board.

   Approved residency—A training program approved by the AOA and the Board leading toward certification in a specialty or subspecialty.

   Board—State Board of Osteopathic Medicine.

   Board-regulated practitioner—An osteopathic physician, physician assistant, respiratory therapist, athletic trainer, acupuncturist, perfusionist, genetic counselor or an applicant for a license issued by the Board.

   Bureau—Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs of the Department of State of the Commonwealth.

   Category 1 activities—Continuing medical education activities approved for AOA Category 1-A credit, AOA Category 1-B credit, ACCME Category 1 credit or AMA PRA Category 1 credit.

   Category 2 activities—Continuing medical education activities approved for AOA Category 2 credit, ACCME Category 2 credit or AMA PRA Category 2 credit.

   Emergency medical services personnel—Individuals who deliver emergency medical services and who are regulated by the Department of Health under the Emergency Medical Services Act (35 P.S. § §  6921—6938).

   FLEX—The uniform written examination of the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, Inc.

   Immediate family member—A parent, a spouse, a child or an adult sibling residing in the same household.

   NBOME—The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.

   National Board Examination—The uniform written examination of the NBOME.


   The provisions of this §  25.1 amended under sections 2, 3, 7.1, 10(d), 13.1(a) and (d) and 16 of the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act (63 P.S. § §  271.2, 271.3, 271.7a, 271.10(d), 271.13a(a) and (d) and 271.16); section 902(b) of the Health Care Services Malpractice Act (40 P.S. §  1301.902(b)); section 910 of the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Act (40 P.S. §  1303.910); and 23 Pa.C.S. §  6383(b)(2).


   The provisions of this §  25.1 adopted October 29, 1969; amended January 20, 1989, effective January 21, 1989, 19 Pa.B. 236; amended January 10, 1992, effective January 11, 1992, 22 Pa.B. 209; amended December 16, 1994, effective December 17, 1994, 24 Pa.B. 6296; amended December 3, 2004, effective December 4, 2004, 34 Pa.B. 6414; amended May 20, 2005, effective May 21, 2005, 35 Pa.B. 3021; amended April 19, 2013, effective April 20, 2013, 43 Pa.B. 2147; amended December 29, 2023, effective December 30, 2023, 53 Pa.B. 8218. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (396325) to (396326).

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  25.509b (relating to approved educational programs).

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