American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

International Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathic medicine, as practiced in the United States, continues to gain recognition throughout the world. The American Osteopathic Association has assigned responsibility for international activity to the Bureau of International Osteopathic Medicine (BIOM). The Bureau, which was founded in 1998, oversees activities including:

  • Monitoring of licensing and registration practices in countries outside of the United States, particularly as it affects osteopathic medical education, and advancing the recognition of American-trained DOs.

  • An international seminar and poster session at the AOA's annual Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition (OMED).

  • Distribution of information on international activities of interest.

  • Distribution of information about the AOA and American osteopathic medicine to interested parties outside of the U.S.

  • Coordination of international activity with osteopathic medical students, colleges of osteopathic medicine, and interested specialty colleges.

​​AOA Leads Efforts to Unite Osteopathic Practitioners

The AOA is strengthening its efforts to work for global osteopathic unity through the Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA) and BIOM.

In the past decade, there has been an increasing need for the osteopathic medical profession to develop an alliance to promote activities of common interest and concern for both US-trained and internationally-trained practitioners. In response, the AOA helped to form the OIA. The OIA represents more than 110,000 osteopathic practitioners around the world and has more than 70​ or​ganizational members from more than two dozen countries.

In addition to being a charter member of the OIA, the AOA also has its own international entity, BIOM. BIOM promotes the osteopathic philosophy and helps osteopathic physicians gain recognition beyond U.S. borders in countries such as New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

COM International Activities Report

In an effort to expand opportunities for the international osteopathic profession, BIOM periodically conducts a survey of all colleges of osteopathic medicine (COM) and their programs and activities in international student clinical electives, medical outreach, and professional interactions with international organizations. This information has been developed into an easy-to-read report, which summarizes and evaluates the information provided by the COMs.

As the osteopathic profession continues to expand its international reach, sharing this information among different osteopathic bodies becomes more and more important. The intent of this survey is to help raise awareness of opportunities and interactions for osteopathic medical students and physicians in the international community.

The Bureau strives to maintain the most current information, and therefore, this document is revised every few years. Contact for a copy of the most recent survey.

Please note: this information is self-reported by representatives at each college of osteopathic medicine; accurate reporting is the responsibility of each COM.