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    Is it possible for a DO to practice overseas?

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    There was a thread about DO schools vs. Caribbean MD schools and some argued that DOs are not accepted overseas. Is this true? I know that DOs became fully licensed doctors relatively recently in the United States, so it wouldn't be too surprising if DOs weren't accepted overseas. What if a DO degree holder passes the USMLE (allopathic) exams and does an allopathic residency?

    I've lived in several different countries and I could foresee myself wanting to go overseas in the future. I have met a lot of American-trained MDs working overseas. I have never met any DOs though. Of course, there are far fewer DOs than there are MDs anyway.
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    It all depends. If you want to practice abroad for U.S interests it won't matter MD or D.O. If, however, you just want to practice abroad, it's always best to check with the Country/State you are looking to practice in. Remeber, you are going to be an FMG for that Country, so MD from U.S is not universally accepted. Again, no specifics given, and I don't know what Country you are talking about. But it doesn't make sense to go to an American model school if you are sure about practicing abroad. Studying in domicile program of the Country where you want to practice could be a lot cheaper or free. You won't have licensing issues, and if you decide to come back to U.S you'll have to take USMLE, and get through a residency first. But you'll get a lot more knoladge and milage on D.O here:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Blade07 View Post
    There was a thread about DO schools vs. Caribbean MD schools and some argued that DOs are not accepted overseas. Is this true? I know that DOs became fully licensed doctors relatively recently in the United States, so it wouldn't be too surprising if DOs weren't accepted overseas. What if a DO degree holder passes the USMLE (allopathic) exams and does an allopathic residency?

    I've lived in several different countries and I could foresee myself wanting to go overseas in the future. I have met a lot of American-trained MDs working overseas. I have never met any DOs though. Of course, there are far fewer DOs than there are MDs anyway.
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    it all depends on where you want to work....if you go to some western european country you can probably find work....but you might want to verify which ones accept DO degrees

    however, it is probably harder if you are considering Dubai, Asian, or the caribbean....only because the concept of DO is foregin to most of these people

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    Quote Originally Posted by AssyrianSkipper View Post
    it all depends on where you want to work....if you go to some western european country you can probably find work....but you might want to verify which ones accept DO degrees

    however, it is probably harder if you are considering Dubai, Asian, or the caribbean....only because the concept of DO is foregin to most of these people

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    The concept of a DO in Asia is probably going to change dramatically in the next several years, mostly because the AOA (the ACGME equivalent for osteopathic medicine) has been asked by China, the most popolous country in the world, to help restructure their healthcare system. They will specifically be aiding chinese physicians to become more sufficient at being general practioners.

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    DOs from the US can now practice in Canada as full physicians. It depends on the country. But if you plan to work outside the US you better note that the US is really the only country in the world where doctors earn high salaries. So don't go overseas expecting to earn more money because it simply will not happen.

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    a couple of years ago, someone (i think azskeptic) posted which countries accept D.O.s as equivalent to M.D.s. The list was impressive. If someone is really interested, you can try to go through the archives.

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    list of countries where DO's can practice outside of the US

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    a couple of years ago, someone (i think azskeptic) posted which countries accept D.O.s as equivalent to M.D.s. The list was impressive. If someone is really interested, you can try to go through the archives.
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    European countries have an oversupply of doctors, relatively few IMGs work in those countries.

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    I shadowed a DO last week and asked him the same question..He told me that the only countries right now that license DOs are New Zealand and Costa Rica but the list will grow in the future...

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    incorrect

    There are quite a few countries including Canada that license them now


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    I shadowed a DO last week and asked him the same question..He told me that the only countries right now that license DOs are New Zealand and Costa Rica but the list will grow in the future...
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