All 10 Canadian provinces now recognize the qualifications of American osteopathic medical school graduates as equal to that of U.S.-trained MDs. This will open up more residency training opportunities in the country, according to the Canadian Osteopathic Association (COA).
Newfoundland and Labrador recently updated their residency eligibility requirements to include DOs, according to James Church, DO, COA executive director, a family medicine physician practicing in Victoria, British Columbia.
COA is hopeful the final province, Saskatchewan, will update its requirements in time for the 2020 Canadian Match.
“This is another piece of the [practice rights] puzzle that COA has been working on over the past 100 years,” Dr. Church noted. “A few years ago, all provinces agreed that U.S. DO graduates can qualify for full practice rights. Keep in mind that 30 years ago there were four DOs practicing in Canada, myself included. There are about 30 now, and we expect the numbers to increase dramatically.”
About 400 Canadian students are currently enrolled in U.S. osteopathic medical schools, added Dr. Church, whose family includes four generations of DOs.
COA successfully lobbied for the residency eligibility changes, which give graduates of COMs equal standing with all other international medical school graduates (IMG). Learn more about IMGs and the Canadian Resident Matching Service here.