DO student interested in working in Netherlands and Switzerland and possibly gaining MD for practice outside the US


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I'm inquiring today if there is any information about a DO using an MD school for an MD degree for practice rights outside the US. After searching online on various European country's websites, it appears that the British DO is ONLY Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine/Technique approved practice rights in some countries. That's unfortunate for us US DO students who complete an ACGME approved residency looking to expand our horizon and work outside of the US in the distant future.

Have any of you heard of such a program or idea? I'm interested in Netherlands, Switzerland, and Australia. Australia just got approved for DOs but the other two are currently not allowing US DOs as far as their websites say that we have or are in the process of gaining practice rights.

Thus, I'm stuck searching for an alternative. One may NOT practice from a US facility in another country and be paid by CMS, from what I can see and thus this limits even the possibility of working remotely for a future practice that I join. If you know of any work arounds or things in the works, please share them here.

Thank you.


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You will have full practice rights in Australia and Netherlands as a DO. I'm not sure about Switzerland as I don't see it mentioned in the list of countries in which DOs can practice. It is also possible to practice in countries in which DOs don't have full practice rights if you go under an NGO like "Doctors without borders" because then the NGO is responsible for credentialing you. AND no, I have never heard of a program that lets DOs switch to MD for practice rights. The list of countries for which DOs have full practice rights has been growing constantly, so don't worry we will get there especially with the merger.
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Do you speak the languages necessary for the Netherlands and Switzerland? Just curious.

Yes it’d definitely be easier if you’re planning to move and practice in another country long term to move to Australia.
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It's very difficult for someone from outside the Eropean Union to work as a medical doctor in the Netherlands. In your case I think it's best to send an e-mail to BIG-register to ask about the options. Home | BIG-register. Or you can call them: 00 31 70 340 66 00.
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