Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)

Michigan Public Act 333 of 2006,

§18351 (on Dietetics and Nutrition Licensing)

Impact To The Profession Of:

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)


Facts:

Excerpt from DO Scope of Practice:

333.17501 Definitions; principles of construction.

Sec. 17501.

(1) As used in this part:

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(d) "Practice of osteopathic medicine and surgery" means a separate, complete, and independent school of medicine and surgery utilizing full methods of diagnosis and treatment in physical and mental health and disease, including the prescription and administration of drugs and biologicals, operative surgery, obstetrics, radiological and other electromagnetic emissions, and placing special emphasis on the interrelationship of the musculoskeletal system to other body systems.

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(4pw3elauoeaz1ym4gx33bo55))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=mcl-368-1978-15-175

MNA Interpretation:

While the D.O. Scope of Practice does not explicitly include “Nutrition Advice,” “Nutrition Counseling”, or the like (as for instance the chiropractors’ scope does), it does include “utilizing full methods of diagnosis and treatment in physical and mental health and disease, including the prescription and administration of drugs and biologicals …” (emphasis added). Our interpretation is that this scope should prove sufficiently broad to permit a DO to provide nutrition counseling via their own license, and thus be exempt from nutrition/dietetics licensing.

HOWEVER, D.O.s may not refer to themselves as: "registered dietitian", "licensed dietitian", "dietitian", "licensed nutritionist", "nutritionist", "r.d.", "l.d.", or "l.n.", unless they obtain a Nutrition/Dietetics license.

As for your healthcare colleagues, our interpretation is that the vast majority of knowledgeable non-RD nutrition providers, including most highly credentialed nutritionists, will likely be barred from providing nutrition counseling.

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