D.O.s Around the World

Increasingly, D.O.s are practicing outside of the U.S. and bringing knowledge of osteopathic medicine to the world. Not to be confused with osteopaths trained in other countries, osteopathic physicians are trained exclusively in the U.S. at one of the osteopathic medical colleges across the country. Learn more about what’s happening with D.O.s Around the World.

Osteopathic medicine as practiced in the United States continues to gain recognition throughout the world. Osteopathic physicians, or DOs, currently have unlimited practice rights in more than 65 countries, with partial practice rights in several more.

The American Osteopathic Association has assigned responsibility for international activities to the Bureau of International Osteopathic Medicine. The Bureau, founded in 1996, holds regular meetings in the fall and the spring with an annual report presented to the AOA House of Delegates at the annual business meeting in July. Bureau activities include:

  • Contact with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

  • An international seminar at the AOA’s annual convention.

  • Leadership in establishing the Osteopathic International Alliance.

  • Distribution of information on international activities.

  • Distribution of information about the AOA and American osteopathic medicine to interested parties outside of the U.S.

  • Coordination of international activity with osteopathic medical students, colleges of osteopathic medicine and interested specialty colleges.

  • Monitoring of licensing and registration practices in countries outside of the United States, particularly as it affects osteopathic medical education.