American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Frequently Asked Questions

​Q: What countries offer full medical practice to graduates of American colleges of osteopathic medicine?

A: The International Licensure Summary​ is located in the members-only section of This document is currently under review and the content was last updated in July 2015. For information about becoming an AOA member, visit the membership section of this website.

Q: What activities does the AOA conduct internationally?

A. The AOA established its Bureau of International Osteopathic Medicine (BIOM) to oversee the AOA's international activity. The areas of involvement are listed under BIOM activities. The AOA is also a charter member of the Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA), an international organization of osteopathic organizations.

Q: I want to enter into training and/or practice in Canada. Whom should I contact?

A: For information regarding training and/or practice in Canada, please contact Keith Courtney, DO, President, Canadian Osteopathic Association at, or contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons of the specific province.

Q: I am a student at a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States. I wish to participate in a clinical rotation outside of the United States. Whom should I contact?

A: For information regarding clinical rotations outside of the U.S., please contact the Dean in the office of your college of osteopathic medicine.

Q: I am attending an osteopathic program in Europe and wish to practice as a DO in the United States. How should I proceed?

A: There are no osteopathic programs located outside of the United States that qualify an individual or group to practice as osteopathic physicians in the United States. If you are interested in applying to a U.S. college of osteopathic medicine, please visit the website of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM).

Q: I am interested in learning more about American osteopathic medicine, and osteopathic medical education. Whom should I contact?

A: Please visit the Osteopathic Medicine & Your Health section of this website.

Q: I wish to have information on the AOA standards for the accreditation of colleges of osteopathic medicine. Whom should I contact?

A: You can find information regarding accreditation standards in the Accreditation section of this website.

Q: I would like information on enrolling in an American college of osteopathic medicine. Whom should I contact?