Canadian Osteopathic Association
Dr. Andrew Taylor Still - founder
Andrew Taylor Still (M.D./D.O.) founded the first
COA and AOA combined efforts
Continued efforts by the COA and AOA in cooperation with provincial and national regulatory bodies has led to full medical licensure of American osteopathic medical graduates with the provincial colleges of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as recognition by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for specialty certification. Additionally, the Medical Council of Canada accepts the DO degree (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, previously Doctor of Osteopathy) granted by AOA approved American osteopathic colleges for entrance to the Medical Council of Canada licensing examinations. US osteopathic medical graduates are eligible to participate in the Canadian Residency Matching Service.
There is still
a small number of osteopathic physicians currently in practice in
Advisory regarding non-physician osteopaths
Unfortunately, while there has been a void in appropriately trained and registered D.O.s, other
practitioners have taken advantage of public demand by holding themselves
out as Osteopaths or 'Osteopathic Practitioners'.
However, they fail to hold comprehensive medical
training, and are ineligible for licensure in Canada.
Please be assured that the COA is actively pursing this issue in
order to protect the public and maintain the integrity of the osteopathic
profession (COA) in
July 6, 2017
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