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147.031 EXAMINATIONS AND LICENSES OF OSTEOPATHS.

Subdivision 1.Generally.

Any doctor of osteopathy licensed by the state Board of Osteopathy under Minnesota Statutes 1961, Sections 148.11 to 148.16, desiring to obtain a license to practice medicine shall apply to the secretary of the board and pay a fee of $50 for the use of the board, which in no case shall be refunded. The applicant shall be examined in the subjects that the board then examines applicants under section 147.02 in which the applicant was not examined by the state Board of Osteopathy prior to the issuance of a license under Minnesota Statutes 1961, sections 148.11 to 148.16, prior to May 1, 1963. All applicants shall be known to the board members or examiners only by number, without names, or other methods of identification on examination papers by which board members or examiners may be able to identify such applicants, until the final grades of all the examination papers have been determined, and the licenses granted or refused. After such examination, the board, if eight members thereof consent, shall grant such doctor of osteopathy a license to practice medicine. The board may refuse to grant such a license to any person guilty of immoral, dishonorable, or unprofessional conduct, as defined in Minnesota Statutes 1961, chapter 147, but subject to the right of the applicant to appeal to the district court in the county in which the principal office of the board is located on the questions of law and fact.

Subd. 2.Authorization to practice.

Any such doctor of osteopathy may, until so granted a license to practice medicine, continue to practice osteopathy as taught in reputable colleges of osteopathy, including the use and administration, in connection with the practice of obstetrics, minor surgery, and toxicology only, of anesthetics, narcotics, antidotes, and antiseptics subject to the same state and federal restrictions and limitations as are by law applicable to physicians licensed to practice medicine and shall have the same rights and powers and be subject to the same duties as physicians licensed to practice medicine with reference to matters pertaining to the public health, including the reporting of births and deaths. The board shall by rule determine what constitutes minor surgery, anesthetics, narcotics, antidotes, and antiseptics.

Subd. 3.Prohibition.

No person who is not on May 1, 1963, licensed by the state Board of Osteopathy under Minnesota Statutes 1961, sections 148.11 to 148.16, shall engage in the practice of osteopathy or by use of titles or initials indicating degrees, or in any other way, hold out as being so engaged.

Subd. 4.Penalty.

Every person who shall violate any provisions of this section shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

Subd. 5.Investigation.

The board shall investigate suspected violations of this section and institute proceedings thereunder.