Regulation of Medicine, Podiatry and Acupuncture

ORS 677.085
What constitutes practice of medicine

A person is practicing medicine if the person does one or more of the following:


Advertise, hold out to the public or represent in any manner that the person is authorized to practice medicine in this state.


For compensation directly or indirectly received or to be received, offer or undertake to prescribe, give or administer any drug or medicine for the use of any other person.


Offer or undertake to perform any surgical operation upon any person.


Offer or undertake to diagnose, cure or treat in any manner, or by any means, methods, devices or instrumentalities, any disease, illness, pain, wound, fracture, infirmity, deformity, defect or abnormal physical or mental condition of any person.


Except as provided in ORS 677.060 (Persons and practices not within scope of chapter), append the letters “M.D.” or “D.O.” to the name of the person, or use the words “Doctor,” “Physician,” “Surgeon,” or any abbreviation or combination thereof, or any letters or words of similar import in connection with the name of the person, or any trade name in which the person is interested, in the conduct of any occupation or profession pertaining to the diagnosis or treatment of human diseases or conditions mentioned in this section. [Formerly 677.030; 1989 c.830 §3]

Notes of Decisions

Acupuncture constitutes the practice of medicine under this section. State v. W. Sam Won, 19 Or App 580, 528 P2d 594 (1974), Sup Ct review denied

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Authority of chiropractor to practice obstetrics, (1972) Vol 35, p 1267; necessity of specific authorization from the physician before a pharmacist may substitute an equivalent product for specified brand name prescriptions, (1973) Vol 36, p 524; administration of medication by psychiatric aide, (1975) Vol 37, p 478; performance of episiotomy by midwives, (1977) Vol 38, p 967

Chapter 677

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Extent of grandfather right under 1969 Act amending barbers law, (1972) Vol 36, p 23; licensing requirements for hospital technicians employed by state correctional facilities, (1987) Vol 45, p 188


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