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    Is it possible for a DO to practice overseas?

    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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    Its possible for US DOs to practice in different countries, I think you should talk to the AOA and ask them which countries accept DOs.

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    good post

    true what you write. Most countries won't allow professionals of any type work there without there being a need or you marrying a native. Licensing is difficult..then there is a problem of the countries being able to pay you. New Zealand/Australia are possibilities (for DO's also) earlier here I posted a list of countries where DOs can license.....NZ/Australia are recruiting. azskeptic

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    Working overseas (at least in developed countries) is not easy. While an MD may be more widely recognized, it is by no means sufficient. Undergraduate training (i.e. your MD degree) is generally transferrable; however, graduate medical training and licensing is much less transferable. You will face visa issues and licensing issues. While it is possible to work overseas, it is not easy. You will often be faced with requirements for additional training or exams. A DO will limit you; however, having an MD does not make it easy.
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    Has anyone seen a more updated list than the one posted here (which is from June 2004)? I know the issue of DO acceptance abroad is a dynamic one and I was curious to see how things have changed over the last 5 years as I consider the DO/MD trade-off.

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    American Osteopathic Association - D.O.s Around the World you can email the woman mentioned and ask her if they will give it to you if you aren't a member.
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    Thanks I will and report back if I get something more recent

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    foreign jobs

    Well, also to be honest there are few offshore places that need US doctors, MD/DO. The main areas that are looking for doctors (australia, New Zealand) will take you either way. The US Embassy does hire doctors to be embassy doctors if you want to be offshore but only after you are board certified and have some experience

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    Just to report back, I contacted the AOA on a specific country and they were very responsive and helpful.

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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.
    I am a Canadian MD, I can tell you that MD or DO, its not easy for doctors to cross borders. Although the US puts up few barriers to Canadian doctors, other countries are more restrictive. In Europe, they have an oversupply of physicians and its not uncommon to meet out of work doctors or those that work long hours for very little pay. Also from what I know US doctors are the best compensated in the world, I can tell you from personal experience as a Canadian that I make less back home than I do in the USA. A Canadian family doctor makes about $80k a year Canadian, typical FM income in America is $150k.

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    yeah always check with the country to make sure. I believe its relatively difficult in places like France.

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