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Osteopathic medicine in Canada

This article discusses osteopathic physicians practicing medicine in Canada, for non-physician osteopathic practitioners, see Osteopathy in Canada.
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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).[1] The authority for licensure of osteopathic physicians lies with the provincial Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

Licensing requirements for osteopathic physicians

This is a summary of the licensing requirements of osteopathic physicians in Canada:[8]

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
Saskatchewan OMM only.
Yukon Territory Unlimited. US License recognized

The Canadian Osteopathic Association recently started the Canadian Osteopathic Medical Student Organization.[9]

See also


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Canadian Osteopathic Practice (.doc)
  3. ^ Ontario Medicine Act – Restricted Titles, Section 9
  4. ^ College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Doctor of Osteopathy Registration Policy Statement
  5. ^ "Bylaws" (PDF). College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Alberta Medical Profession Act: Sections 3 and 18". Federation of Law Societies of Canada. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Use of Titles Albert Health Professions Act Schedule 21
  8. ^ "AOA International Licensure Summary" (PDF). American Osteopathic Association. April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Welcome!". Canadian Osteopathic Medical Student Association. 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 

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