The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall
have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
(1) Act --The Podiatric Medical Practice Act of Texas,
Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 202.
(2) Advisory Board--The Podiatric Medical Examiners
Advisory Board, Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 202.
(3) Commission--The Texas Commission on Licensing and
(4) Continuing Medical Education (CME)-- Educational
activities which serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge,
skills, and professional performance and relationships that a practitioner
uses to provide services for patients, the public, or the profession.
(5) Department--The Texas Department of Licensing and
(6) Executive Director--The executive director of the
(7) Graduate Podiatric Medical Education (GPME)--An
accredited graduate podiatric medical education or residency training
(8) License--includes a license, registration, certificate,
or other authorization issued under the Act.
(9) Medical Records--Any records, reports, notes, charts,
x-rays, or statements pertaining to the history, diagnosis, evaluation,
treatment or prognosis of the patient including copies of medical
records of other health care practitioners contained in the records
of the practitioner to whom a request for release of records has been
(10) Podiatric Medical Radiological Technician--A person
who performs only podiatric procedures under the supervision of a
(11) Public Communication--Any written, printed, visual,
or oral statement or other communication made or distributed, or intended
for distribution, to a member of the public.
(12) Practitioner--A person validly licensed by the
department to practice podiatric medicine in the State of Texas.
(13) Publication--Any and all public communications
relating to the practitioner's practice, including but not limited
to, advertisements, announcements, invitations, press releases, journal
articles, periodical articles, leaflets, news stories, materials distributed
by private or by United States mail, and signs or placards placed
in public view or electronic submission.
(14) Solicitation--A private communication to a person
concerning the performance of a podiatric service for such person.
(15) Supervision--Responsibility for the control of
quality, radiation safety and protection, and technical aspects of
podiatric radiological procedures utilized in podiatric medicine for