Business and Professions Code section 680.5 Education Disclosure:

Physicians must disclose their education - in certain practice settings

Business and Professions Code section 680.5 requires that a health care practitioner communicate to a patient his or her name, state-granted practitioner license type and highest level of academic degree by one or both of the following methods.

  • In writing at the patient's initial office visit, and/or
  • In a prominent display in an area visible to patients in his or her office.

A physician who is certified by an American Board of Medical Specialties member board, a board or association with requirements equivalent to a medical specialty board, or a board or association with an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education approved postgraduate training program, must disclose the name of the board or association by either method above.

Health care practitioners disclosing this information are required to present it in at least 24-point type in the following format:

  1. Name and license type
  2. Highest level of academic degree
  3. Board certification, if applicable

A physician who provides information regarding health care services on an Internet website that is directly controlled or administered by the physician or his or her office personnel, must prominently display on that Internet website the information required by this law.

The following is an example of how the requirements can be displayed:

John Doe,M.D.
Board Certified Pediatrician

The following is an example of the requirements combined with the Notice to Consumers law:

NOTICE TO CONSUMERS
Medical doctors are licensed and regulated by the Medical Board of California
(800) 633-2322
www.mbc.ca.gov

John Doe, M.D.
Board Certified Pediatrician

This disclosure requirement does not apply to physicians who:

  • Provide professional medical services to enrollees of a health care service plan that exclusively contracts with a single medical group in a specific geographic area.
  • Work in a facility licensed under section 1250 of the Health and Safety Code (a facility to which persons are admitted for a 24-hour stay or longer) or in a clinical laboratory.
  • Work in a licensed clinical laboratory, hearing aid dispensary, respiratory care facility, veterinary medicine facility, marriage and family therapists practice, and clinical social worker practice.