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Looking to practice medicine abroad? The AOA continuously works to expand practice rights for osteopathic physicians across the globe.
Osteopathic medicine, as practiced in the United States, continues to gain recognition throughout the world. The AOA aims to promote further expansion of international licensure and practice rights for U.S.-trained DOs by working to educate foreign health officials about the U.S. model of osteopathic medicine.
If you have questions about practice rights in a specific country or would like support for an application or appeal, please contact the AOA International Affairs staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (312) 202-8149.
When researching licensure options in foreign countries, keep in mind:
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Practice rights for U.S.-trained osteopathic physicians vary by country and sometimes by province, and can be impacted by the nature and length of employment arrangements.
This map indicates current recognition status of USDO credentials. To find the licensure requirements and registration process for a specific country, in general you will find this information on the website of that country’s medical council.
The AOA offers general advice to physicians interested in practicing outside the U.S. In some cases, we can support individuals in their efforts to secure practice rights abroad by providing letters of introduction and documents explaining the scope of osteopathic medical education and practice. This support is a member benefit. Learn more about becoming an AOA member.
For information regarding training and practice in Canada, contact the Canadian Osteopathic Association at email@example.com, or contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons of the specific province.
For information on COM opportunities for international rotations please view a summary of activities in the 2022 COM International Activities Report. Contact your school for more information on global health opportunities.
There are no osteopathic programs located outside of the United States that qualify an individual or group to practice as osteopaths or osteopathic physicians in the United States.
To become a U.S.-based osteopathic physician, you must undertake four years of study in a school of osteopathic medicine in the U.S. For information on applying, please visit the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine website.
If you are a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident, the Émigré Physicians Program at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine re-trains holders of foreign medical degrees equivalent to the MD degree in the U.S. for DO licensure.
You can find information regarding accreditation standards in the Accreditation section of this website.
Learn more about applying to an osteopathic medical school on the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine website.