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Medical Missions Abroad.

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by Gregory Gulick, May 8, 1999.

  1. Gregory Gulick

    Gregory Gulick Senior Member
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    I am often e-mailed about the prospects an osteopathic physician has to practice medicine abroad as a medical missionary. For those interested, a flyer recently came across my desk for a new book entitled HANDBOOK OF MEDICINE IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES by Catherine Wolf, M.D. and Dennis Palmer, D.O. The flyer reads:

    "A pocket-size resource designed for short and long-term mission personnel working in developing countries - written by missionary doctors with years of experience. Medical service in developing countries poses tremendous challenges. This textbook is full of expert and practical information that will help you meet them head-on."

    It then lists the features of the manual as:

    * Comprehensive

    * Quick reference outline format

    * Tips for diagnosis and treatment

    * Essential drug formulary and common medications chart

    * List of service agencies and sources for medicine and supplies

    * Enables you to practice outside your specialty with confidence

    * Endorsed by prominent medical authorities

    The flyer also states that the book has just been released and is not yet available in bookstores. To order, you can contact the Christian Medical and Dental Society at http://www.cmds.org or call 1.888.231.2637.

    I don't have a copy of the book myself, so I cannot comment on what information it has regarding osteopathic physicians. But perhaps the issue will be addressed since one of the authors is an osteopathic physician.

    Good luck.

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  3. Derek

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    Gregory:

    Your post is rather timely as I am planning to serve on a missions trip to El Salvedor this summer through CMDS. It looks like this book will be a great preperation.

    If you are interested in medical missions as a possible career, rest assured that the options are virually limitless for D.O.'s. I recall, well over a year ago someone posted all the countries that D.O.'s have full practice rights in and it was lengthy.

    The truth is you are only restricted by the limits you place upon your self.
     
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    Derek,

    Could you suggest a place or places where I might research which other countries we have full-practice rights?




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    You probably mean U.S. D.O.s only, right?
     
  6. OldManDave

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    Correct, what other countries allow US DO graduates full-practice rights?

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  7. Derek

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    Old Man Dave:

    I don't have any direct refrences, but you can always contact the AOA and they'll forward the info to you.

    AOA
    142 E. Ontario St.
    Chicago, IL 60611-2854
     
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    Info from the AOA says:

    Argentina - Full Rights (FR)
    Australia - Manipulation Only (MO)
    Austria - FR
    Bahamas - FR
    Barbados - MO
    Bermuda - FR
    Cameroon - FR
    Alberta, Canada - FR
    BC, Canada - FR or MO (two pathways)
    New Brunswick, Canada - FR
    Ontario, Canada - MO
    Quebec, Canada - FR
    Saskatchewan, Canada - MO
    Cayman Islands - FR
    Central African Empire - FR
    Chile - FR
    China - FR
    Colombia - FR
    Costa Rica - FR
    Ecuador - FR
    Finland - FR
    France - MO
    Germany - FR
    Great Britain - MO
    Greece - FR
    Guyana - FR
    Indonesia - FR (as visitor only)
    Israel - FR
    Italy - FR (difficult to obtain)
    Liberia - FR
    Luxembourg - FR (difficult to obtain)
    Micronesia - FR
    Nepal - FR
    New Zealand - MO
    Nigeria - FR
    Norway - MO
    Panama - FR
    Papua New Guinea - FR
    Russia - FR (as visitor only)
    Saudi Arabia - FR
    Sierra Leone - FR
    South Africa - MO
    Sweden - FR
    Tanzania - FR
    United Arab Emirates - FR
    Vietnam - FR
    Zambia - FR
    Zimbabwe - MO
     

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