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DO recognized anywhere else?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by cp00739, Jun 10, 2002.

  1. cp00739

    cp00739 Member 7+ Year Member

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    i was wondering if an american DO degree is recognized anywhere else in the world??

    if you were to do an allopathic residency after a DO degree and become board certified in your specific speciality, would this help your chances of practicing abroad??

    just curious, because i really like the DO philosophy and wish to work abroad

    thanks!!!
     
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  3. AntGod22

    AntGod22 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    as far as i know no where else in the world is a D.O. certified.
     
  4. jrich15

    jrich15 Member 7+ Year Member

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    This question was posted sometime back, so if you search you can find the exact answer. DO is recognized at certain countries and not others. You could also search AOA website for which countries recognize DO's as complete physicians.
     
  5. Toejam

    Toejam Terminal Student 7+ Year Member

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    There is a list somewhere on this site of countries that accept DO's as "complete" physicians and countries that view them only as "osteopaths" (only manipulation). Seemed kind of random to me.
     
  6. drusso

    drusso Physician Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

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    The American Osteopathic Association has this information. Most countries do recognize US trained DOs as fully licensed phyisicians. Even the ones that "don't" do with a little arm twisting. The AOA should really put this info on their web page. Call and ask...often asked, often answered.
     
  7. acurarte

    acurarte Member 7+ Year Member

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    Try these sites! I think you will find it helpful...

    <a href="http://www.kcomsga.org/clubs/soma/ih/current_status.html" target="_blank">http://www.kcomsga.org/clubs/soma/ih/current_status.html</a>

    <a href="http://www.studentdo.com/programs/international%20health/international%20health%20practice%20rights.html" target="_blank">http://www.studentdo.com/programs/international%20health/international%20health%20practice%20rights.html</a>
     
  8. Dr JPH

    Dr JPH Banned Banned 10+ Year Member

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    FYI

    The list posted on the studendo website is accurate, but only up through the mid 1990's or so.

    They really need to update it. I think it should be on the AOA website, but then again, there are alot of things I think the AOA should do.

    :rolleyes:
     
  9. swdave

    swdave Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    I asked this question to Dr. Zini the AOA president....

    He told me there is an international task force (or something of the like) whose responsibility is to make sure DO's are properly recognized within different countries. They also advise universities/colleges that are interested in opening an AOA accredited "Osteopathic Medical School" vs. an "Osteopathic School" &lt;mostly manipulation based&gt;. Apparently they are frequently out of the country doin' their duty.

    I asked the question since I'm going to do work in medically underserved areas of the world and wanted to know what the AOA would to do ensure I could do that.
     
  10. Dr JPH

    Dr JPH Banned Banned 10+ Year Member

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    swdave

    I'm glad you got that information, but what I want to know is...where are the results?

    Where is a list?

    Where are the criteria that must be met in order to practice in these countries?

    I emailed the AOA at one point regarding this isssue and they sent me a list of all the countries, the office to contact about practicing there, and the last year that they petitioned the country for full practice rights. Many of the countries have not been petitioned for 6-8 years or more. Does the task force not go to these places?
     
  11. swdave

    swdave Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    JP,

    Dunno man!

    I've exhausted all I know on the subject. Sounds like you have the real deal in terms of info.

    Would you mind posting the letter or a synopsis of the info? I am truly interested here!
     
  12. Jumpu

    Jumpu Tiger Mom/Physiatrist 10+ Year Member

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    Does anyone have info on the latest practice rights of DOs in Ontario, Canada?
     
  13. drusso

    drusso Physician Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Jumpu:
    <strong>Does anyone have info on the latest practice rights of DOs in Ontario, Canada?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Contact the canadian osteopathic association.

    Canadian Osteopathic Association, Calgary, Alberta
    (403) 282-7165
    E-mail: [email protected]
     
  14. solie

    solie Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    In Ontario, DOs can only practice OMM and are not yet considered equivalent to MDs in terms of pracice rights. Apparently the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons met with the Ministry of Health something like 5 years ago and determined that DOs are equivalent to MDs and that they should be allowed full practice rights. However, they have not yet met again to determine exactly what requirements should be met for DOs who want to practice here (eg. graduating from an accredited school, passing the board exams, etc.--basic stuff that every "foreign" trained doctor must do).
    It's sad that it's taking so long. I've been wondering lately if there is anything that can be done to speed up the process. :confused:
    I think someone should bring up the idea of granting DOs full practice rights in EVERY province to Mr. Romanow to include in his federal healthcare report that's coming out soon. Maybe then some change would take place.
     
  15. none

    none 1K Member 10+ Year Member

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    If your goal is to practice internationally, perhaps osteopathy isn't the right choice.
     
  16. John DO

    John DO A.T. Still Endowed Chair 7+ Year Member

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    The kcomsga info is a few years out of date, also. i know for a fact that Belize has granted limited rights to DOs (must work under the auspices of an established hospital) and are considering unlimited rights. One of our physicians here in Kirksville has worked tirelessly to earn their trust through missions work so that KCOM's international rotation can be established there. The beauty of the plan is that if more than two provinces (I believe) in the Caribbean grant full practice rights, the entire area is required to. That opens alot of possibilities for work abroad!
     
  17. cp00739

    cp00739 Member 7+ Year Member

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    what about working in the gulf states?

    does anyone know how DO's are regarded in the oil countries of the middle east?
     

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