I have been thinking about the DO option. The more I learn about DOs the more interested I become. I like their incorporation of "alternatives" and the whole body outlook. But I am very inerested in practicing medicine outside the U.S. I would like to get involved in Docs w/o Boarders and other such programs. I was told that DOs cannot currently practice outside the U.S. Does anyone else know about this?
I looked on the website, it just says you have to be a physician with a valid license to work for doctors without borders. I, too, plan to work with them after my training (DO).
Practicing outside the US is different from providing services to an international orgainization.
It is true that if you are DO in another country, you can only practice OMT. Bear in mind though that if you go to school in another country the training (from what we are told at school) consists mainly of OMT - not medical classes. However, if you train in the US at DO school you will be a licensed physician. I have met quite a few DO's who have volunteered their services in many causes.
LECOM Class 2006
Osteopathic Family Practice Resdincy 2009
Locum Tenens: Urgent Care/Rural Medicine.
Yes, you can work with all kinds of groups overseas! The AOA fights hard to make sure we are not discriminated against. If you do experience discrimination anywhere, report it to the AOA, so they can provide education, resouirces, problem solving or legal action to the people involved.
I work in a pharma company overseas and there are US DOs working for the company in the European headquarters as medical advisors. They are treated the same as MDs by the company. But I've heard some of the non-US doctors (they were french) talk about the DOs not being 'real' doctors, so there appears to still be some misunderstanding and lack of respect from some people. (the french can be a bit snooty anyway in general) In the UK I believe osteopaths do not have the same level of training as MDs so maybe this is where part of the misunderstanding comes from.