British Columbia Osteopathic Association
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Osteopathic medicine is a distinctive form of medical practice in Canada and the United States. The practice of osteopathic medicine utilizes all available modern medical technologies to assess and treat injury and disease. It also offers the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine.
Osteopathic physicians understand how all the body’s systems are interconnected and how each one affects the others. When indicated, they focus special attention on the musculoskeletal system, which reflects and influences the condition of all other body systems. D.O.s know that the body’s structure plays a critical role in its ability to function. They can use their eyes and hands to identify structural problems and to support the body’s natural tendency toward health and self-healing.
has launched “Osteopathic Medical Student Profiles: In their Own
Words: A Snapshot of the Osteopathic Medical Student,” a student
recruitment web page that features the experiences of students at each of
the nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine. With each student
profile, included is a link to the student’s college of osteopathic
medicine web site, so that prospective applicants can learn more about
that medical college and its academic programs. Visitors can also
click on links to the Recruitment Calendar and to order/view the 2018 -
College Information Book:
Yes. Osteopathic physicians are fully licensed medical practitioners, and all medical services provided, including lab tests and imaging studies, are covered by your provincial health care plan.
2018 - 2019 Osteopathic Medical College Information Book (CIB) now available.
The American Association of Colleges of
Osteopathic Medicine 'College Information Book' (CIB) is the official
publication for prospective applicants, students, pre-health advisors and
others interested in gaining information about or applying to US
osteopathic medical colleges. This year's CIB, for students applying
for the fall of 2018, has been expanded to cover a variety of new topics,
and includes updated admission requirements, tuition, fees, deposits,
important deadlines and special programs at each of the osteopathic
medical colleges. To order or download the 2018 College Information Book,
follow this link:
NOTE : If
you are a Canadian interested in applying to AACOM schools, the AACOM
has confirmed that the following colleges of osteopathic medicine may
accept applications from Canadians that do not hold U.S. Permanent
Resident Status (contact your school of interest directly to confirm
AZCOM, CCOM, DMUCOM, KCUMB-COM, LECOM-Erie, LECOM-
Are there COA/AOA accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in BC or other parts of Canada?
No. Currently, the only accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine graduating qualified osteopathic graduates are found in the USA. There are 33 accredited osteopathic medical schools with 48 campuses in the United States.
I hold an osteopathic diploma or certificate granted from a school outside of United States. Can I register to practice osteopathy in British Columbia?
No. Only those graduates from COA/AOA accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States have the osteopathic qualifications and meet the requirements for eligibility to register with the provincial College of Physicians and Surgeons for osteopathic practice in BC. Other practitioners using osteopathic titles are not eligible for membership in the BCOA, nor are they eligible for registration to practice in BC or Canada. PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT THERE ARE NO GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZED OR ACCREDITED OSTEOPATHIC PROGRAMS WITHIN CANADA.
Registration to practice as an osteopathic graduate in BC and Canada requires an osteopathic degree from a US college of osteopathic medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association, completion of Canadian or ACGME residency training, completion of specialty certification examinations, and completion of required medical licensure examinations (ie: MCC, USLME, or COMLEX examinations). Currently, there are no Canadian or other international schools of osteopathy that meet these standards for registration with a Canadian government recognized authority. Please note that there are also very specific title protection regulations in Canada prohibiting the use of osteopathic titles by unregulated practitioners. Please see the following links to BC regulations:http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/ID/freeside/416_2008
June 12, 2018
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