DO practice rights are going global
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 email@example.com or call (202) 349-8720.
When researching licensure options in foreign countries, keep in mind:
- Many countries associate the U.S. model of osteopathic medicine with the work of foreign-trained “osteopaths,” who are non-physician health care practitioners who practice manipulation.
- Licensure requirements and processes are not consistent from country to country.
- Requirements may depend on the type and duration of medical practice a physician is seeking. For instance, physicians who are interested in completing medical volunteer or mission work might be less hindered by paperwork and legal regulations than a physician looking to establish a permanent medical practice. For this reason, applicants should make their intentions as clear as possible when submitting a written inquiry.