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General Assembly


Raised Bill No. 402

February Session, 2018


LCO No. 1978



Referred to Committee on PUBLIC HEALTH


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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2018) (a) As used in this section:

(1) "Physician" means a person who is licensed to practice medicine, osteopathy, or surgery pursuant to chapter 370 of the general statutes;

(2) "Board certified" means certified by a board in accordance with the provisions of subdivision (2) of subsection (b) of this section.

(b) A physician may advertise or otherwise convey to the public that he or she is board certified only if the following conditions are satisfied: (1) The advertisement states the full name of the certifying board, and (2) the certifying board is either (A) a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties or the American Osteopathic Association, or (B) another board that requires, as prerequisites for issuing certification, (i) successful completion of a postgraduate training program that is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association, that provides training in the specialty or subspecialty certified by such other board and that is certified by a board described in subparagraph (A) of this subdivision, and (ii) successful passage of an examination in the specialty or subspecialty certified by such other board.

(c) Any physician found to be in violation of any provision of this section shall be subject to the disciplinary action pursuant to section 19a-17 of the general statutes.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2018

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To define "board certification" or "board certified" as used by medical doctors and doctors of osteopathic medicine.

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