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BRITISH COLUMBIA  OSTEOPATHIC ASSOCIATION

AMERICAN OSTEOPATHIC ASSOCIATION 

CANADIAN OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL STUDENT ASSOC.

Dr. Andrew Taylor Still - founder

Dr. Andrew Taylor Still (M.D./D.O.) founded the first college of Osteopathy in Kirksville, Missouri, in 1892.  Since this time, the profession has now grown to 30 colleges in the United States, with over 75,000 osteopathic physicians practicing in North America.

Osteopathy was introduced to Canada with the arrival of the first American trained osteopathic medical graduate to St. Johns, New Brunswick in 1898.  The Canadian Osteopathic Association was subsequently chartered in 1926 and the Osteopathic medical profession has now been present in Canada for well over a century.

COA and AOA combined efforts

Continued efforts by the COA and AOA in cooperation with provincial and national regulatory bodies has led to full medical licensure of American osteopathic medical graduates with the provincial colleges of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as recognition by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for specialty certification.  Additionally, the Medical Council of Canada accepts the DO degree (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, previously Doctor of Osteopathy) granted by AOA approved American osteopathic colleges for entrance to the Medical Council of Canada licensing examinations.  US osteopathic medical graduates are eligible to participate in the Canadian Residency Matching Service.

There is still a small number of osteopathic physicians currently in practice in Canada due to historical discrimination against the profession by established medical organizations.  While these issues have largely been resolved, it will take time for there to be enough practitioners across Canada to meet demand.   However, currently there are several hundred Canadians studying in US colleges of osteopathic medicine and post-graduate training programs and the profession is expected to rapidly grow in response to demand for physicians in Canada.

 

Advisory regarding non-physician osteopaths

Unfortunately, while there has been a void in appropriately trained and registered D.O.s, other practitioners have taken advantage of public demand by holding themselves out as Osteopaths or 'Osteopathic Practitioners'.  However, they fail to hold comprehensive medial training, and are ineligible for licensure in Canada.  Please be assured that the COA is actively pursing this issue in order to protect the public and maintain the integrity of the osteopathic profession (COA) in Canada.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR CANADIAN STUDENTS APPLYING TO AMERICAN OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL SCHOOLS

 

 

 

January 23, 2016

 

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