AOA President Mark A. Baker, DO, educated international health leaders about the distinctions between U.S.-trained DOs and non-physician osteopaths last month in Geneva, Switzerland, supporting AOA’s strategic initiative to build global awareness of osteopathic medicine.
AOA is advocating for a revision of official international standards and definitions, which could help create a smoother path for American DOs seeking practice rights abroad.
Dr. Baker’s visit coincided with the annual World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). The forum is the world’s highest health policy organization and includes health ministers from the WHO’s 194 member states.
AOA representatives met with Dr. Zhang Qi of WHO’s Traditional and Complementary Medicine unit, continuing a conversation about the feasibility of a collaborating center at a U.S. college of osteopathic medicine. The group also convened with leaders of the Osteopathic International Alliance, which will soon be led by AOA Trustee William Burke, DO, dean of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The education of international health care leaders on U.S. osteopathic medicine will be beneficial to the many DOs and osteopathic medical students who wish to practice or serve abroad.
“It was a great opportunity and an honor to represent the AOA and U.S.-trained osteopathic physicians on this world stage,” Dr. Baker said.