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DO's practicing in Europe

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by gnotz, Feb 6, 2002.

  1. gnotz

    gnotz Junior Member

    Feb 25, 2001
    This message is meant to supplement information regarding a frequent topic in this forum. Are DO's allowed to practice overseas, esp. Europe?

    The European Council has passed ruling 93/16, last updated on May 14th, 2001 recognizing all Medical education within the European Union as transferrable.
    If you are not a citizen of the European Union or if you did not receive your medical education within the European Union, you are not covered by 93/16. In this case it doesn't matter what your medical degree is or which non-EU country you are a citizen of. MD has no advantage over DO and USA no advantage over Timbuktu when it comes to 93/16.

    In this case every country can decide on an individual basis on whether to recognize your degree.
    In Germany, according to paragraph 10 of the Code of the German Federal Chamber of Physicians, a German state chapter of said chamber can grant a license to practice medicine if the applicant can furnish proof that he has completed the medical education of a physician and enjoys full practice rights in his home country.
    Since an American DO will not have difficulty fulfilling this requirement it can be said that full practice rights are obtainable even though German trained DOs are restricted to the practice of manipulation only. The decisive factor is what the DO is allowed to do in the country in which he was trained.
    Final decisions lay with the local state chamber and all cases not covered by 93/16 will be considered on an individual basis, no general rules apply and evaluation of all credentials rest within the discretion of the chamber.
    It can be expected that in the course of approaching expansions of US/EU relations, medical degrees from the USA will soon come to enjoy preferred status over degrees from other nations when it comes to recognition of equivalence.

    I hope to have served you with this.

    Oliver Seitz, MS II
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  3. musikus

    musikus Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 18, 2001
    Atlanta, GA

    very interesting. I am actually from Europe
    and I will be going to school in the US.
    Although I have every intention of practicing in the US, I am still very interested how DO's will gain acceptance in Europe.
    When I interviewed at PCOM they told me that one of their physicians will go to Germany to set up an OPP elective (manipulation only which he will practice). The interviewing panel at NSUCOM however said told me that it will be along time until DO's will be able to fully practice in Europe, so your post is very insightful.
    by the way, just out of curiosity, are you European? Your name sounds German.
  4. Hawk

    Hawk Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 26, 2001
    Thanks of for that information gnotz, a friend and I have really been wondering about being able to practice overseas. That is a great insight. Thanks again. :D
  5. gnotz

    gnotz Junior Member

    Feb 25, 2001
    Yes Musikus, I am German.
    According to the law I mentioned above, American trained DOs can get full practice rights in Germany at this time. Being a citizen would eliminate the need for a visa and a working permit and would expediate the recognition process remarkably.
    I will be commencing e-mail contact with you so as to share some more information about your plans.
    All the best

    Oliver Seitz, MSII

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