Osteopathic medicine in Canada
- This article discusses osteopathic physicians practicing medicine in Canada, for non-physician osteopathic practitioners, see Osteopathy in Canada.
|Osteopathic Medicine & Osteopathy|
|Osteopathy in Australia & New Zealand|
|Osteopathic medicine in Canada|
|Osteopathy in Europe · Osteopathy in the UK|
|Osteopathic medicine in the United States|
Osteopathic medicine in Canada is similar to western medicine in Canada, but also attempts to bring additional benefits of osteopathic manipulative techniques to diagnose and treat patients. Osteopathic medicine (medical) as opposed to osteopathy (non-medical) requires the osteopathic physician to be trained and receive the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. Though licensure requirements for physicians varies by province in Canada, osteopathic physicians are generally able to obtain a license to practice medicine throughout the country.
The Canadian Osteopathic Association is the largest association of osteopathic physicians in Canada.
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) should not be confused with non-physician osteopaths. Currently, there are no DO programs outside the United States. DO programs are accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). The authority for licensure of osteopathic physicians lies with the provincial Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons.
Licensing requirements for osteopathic physicians
This is a summary of the licensing requirements of osteopathic physicians in Canada:
|Province||Scope of pracitise||Requirements for Licensure|
|Alberta||Unlimited.||LMCC, COMLEX, USMLE, accepted for licensure.|
|British Columbia||Unlimited.||LMCC, COMLEX, USMLE, FLEX, NBME accepted for licensure.|
|Manitoba||Unlimited.||US License recognized|
|New Brunswick||Unlimited.||LMCC, COMLEX, accepted for licensure. DOs registered in Maine accepted for licensure.|
|Newfoundland||Unlimited.||US License recognized|
|NW Territories||Unlimited.||US License recognized|
|Nova Scotia||Unlimited.||LMCC and COMLEX accepted for licensure.|
|Ontario||Unlimited.||LMCC, COMLEX, and USMLE accepted for licensure.|
|Prince Edward Island||Pending.|
|Quebec||Unlimited.||1 year GME in Quebec & French fluency required. LMCC and COMLEX accepted for licensure|
|Yukon Territory||Unlimited.||US License recognized|
The Canadian Osteopathic Association recently started the Canadian Osteopathic Medical Student Organization.
- Canadian Osteopathic Association
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
- Osteopathic medicine in the United States
- Osteopathy in Canada
- Canadian Osteopathic Practice (.doc)
- Ontario Medicine Act – Restricted Titles, Section 9
- College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Doctor of Osteopathy Registration Policy Statement
- "Bylaws" (PDF). College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- "Alberta Medical Profession Act: Sections 3 and 18". Federation of Law Societies of Canada. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- Use of Titles Albert Health Professions Act Schedule 21
- "AOA International Licensure Summary" (PDF). American Osteopathic Association. April 2013.
- "Welcome!". Canadian Osteopathic Medical Student Association. 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
- American Osteopathic Association website
- Canadian Osteopathic Association website
- British Columbia Osteopathic Association website
- Ontario Federation of Osteopathic Professionals website
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