As used in these rules, the following terms and acronyms shall
have the following meaning ascribed to them:
(1) Advertising - Informational communication
to the public in any manner to attract attention to the practice as an
orthopedic physician assistant. Includes, but is not limited to business
solicitation, with or without limiting qualifications, in a card, sign, or
device issued to a person; in a sign or marking, in or on any building; or in
any newspaper, magazine, directory, or other printed matter. Advertising also
includes business solicitations communicated by individual, radio, video, or
television broadcasting or other means designed to secure public
(2) A.M.A. - When the
acronym A.M.A. appears in the text of these rules, A.M.A. represents the
American Medical Association.
Applicant - Any individual seeking licensure by the Committee who has submitted
an official application and paid the application fee.
(4) Board - The Tennessee Board of Medical
(5) Closed Files - An
administrative action which renders an incomplete or denied file
(6) Committee - The
Committee on Physician Assistants (C.O.P.A.).
(7) Committee Administrative Office - The
office of the administrator assigned to the Committee.
(8) Committee Designee - Any person who has
received a written delegation of authority from the Committee to perform
Committee functions subject to review and ratification by the Committee and the
Board where provided by these rules.
(9) Consultant - Any person who has received
a delegation of authority from the Committee to perform Committee functions
subject to review and ratification by the Committee and Board where provided by
(10) Department -
Tennessee Department of Health.
(11) Division - The Division of Health
Related Boards, Tennessee Department of Health, from which the Committee
receives administrative support.
(12) Fee - Money, gifts, services, or
anything of value offered or received as compensation in return for rendering
services; also, the required application fees.
(13) Good Moral Character - The quality of
being well regarded in professional ethics.
(14) Graduate - An individual who has
graduated from a C.O.P.A. approved orthopedic physician assistant program whose
transcript shows that graduation has been completed.
(15) He/she Him/her - When "he" appears in
the text of these rules, the word represents both the feminine and masculine
(16) HRB - When the
acronym HRB appears in the text of these rules, HRB represents the Health
(17) License - The
document issued by the Committee to an applicant who has completed the
- When the acronym N.B.C.O.P.A. appears in the text of these rules,
N.B.C.O.P.A. represents the National Board for the Certification of Orthopedic
(19) O.P.A. -
When the acronym O.P.A. appears in the text of these rules, O.P.A. represents
Orthopedic Physician Assistant.
(20) Orthopedic Physician - A physician or
surgeon licensed pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 63, Chapter 6 or
9, who is specialty trained as an orthopedic physician or surgeon.
(21) Person - Any individual, firm,
corporation, partnership, organization, or body politic.
(22) Physician - Any physician licensed
pursuant to T.C.A. Title 63, Chapters 6 or 9.
(23) T.A.P.A. - When the acronym T.A.P.A.
appears in the text of these rules, T.A.P.A. represents the Tennessee Academy
of Physician Assistants.
of Title or Description - To hold oneself out to the public as having a
particular status by means of stating on signs, mailboxes, address plates,
telephone listings, stationery, announcements, business cards, or other means
of professional identification.
(25) Written Evidence - Includes, but is not
limited to, written verification from supervisors or other professional
colleagues familiar with the applicant's work.
(26) Written Protocol - A jointly developed
written statement by the supervising orthopedic physician and orthopedic
physician assistant. Includes, but not limited to, problems and conditions
likely to be encountered by the orthopedic physician assistant and the
appropriate treatment for these problems and conditions. This protocol will
establish a practice specific range of approved tasks, problems, and
conditions. These protocols shall be signed by both the supervising orthopedic
physician and the orthopedic physician assistant and reviewed at least every
two (2) years.