Osteopathic medicine, as practiced in the United States, continues to gain recognition throughout the world. The American Osteopathic Association has assigned responsibility for international activities to the Bureau on International Osteopathic Medical Education and Affairs (BIOMEA). The Bureau, which was founded in 1998, oversees activities including:
Monitoring of licensing and registration practices in countries outside of the United States, particularly as it affects osteopathic medical education, and advancing the recognition of American-trained DOs.
Contact with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and other international health organizations.
An international seminar and poster session at the AOA's annual Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition.
Distribution of information on international activities of interest.
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.
AOA Leads Efforts to Unite Osteopathic Practitioners
The AOA is strengthening its efforts to work for global osteopathic unity through the Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA) and BIOMEA.
In the past decade, there has been an increasing need for the osteopathic medical profession to develop an alliance to promote activities of common interest and concern for both US-trained and internationally-trained practitioners. In response, the AOA helped to form the OIA. The OIA represents more than 80,000 osteopathic practitioners around the world and has more than 60 organizational members from more than two dozen countries.
In addition to being a charter member of the OIA, the AOA also has its own international entity, BIOMEA. BIOMEA promotes the osteopathic philosophy and helps osteopathic physicians gain recognition beyond U.S. borders in countries such as New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
COM International Activities Survey
In an effort to expand opportunities for the international osteopathic profession, BIOMEA conducts an ongoing survey of all colleges of osteopathic medicine (COM) and their programs and activities in international student clinical electives, medical outreach, and professional interactions with international organizations.
As the osteopathic profession continues to expand its international reach, sharing this information among different osteopathic bodies becomes more and more important. The intent of this survey is to help raise awareness of opportunities and interactions for osteopathic medical students and physicians in the international community.
The Bureau strives to maintain the most current information, and therefore, this document is revised on a regular basis. To update your COM’s information complete the survey on SurveyMonkey.
Please note: this information is self-reported by representatives at each college of osteopathic medicine; accurate reporting is the responsibility of each COM.