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Welcome to COMSA, the official site for the Canadian Osteopathic Medical Student Association, a group of Canadian Osteopathic medical student leaders dedicated to spreading knowledge of osteopathic medicine at home and abroad. If you are interested in becoming a Canadian Osteopathic medical student in the US, or if you are interested in practicing in Canada as a DO, then this site is for you! If you are a current Canadian DO, PLEASE CLICK HERE!

You will find information on gaining admission to Osteopathic medical schools, the realities of returning to Canada after you complete your training, a supportive community of current Canadian Osteopathic medical student doctors, information about Osteopathic medical colleges, and more. Coming to the United States for your medical education is one of the most important decisions of your life. It comes with serious responsibilities, but also incredible potential; have fun exploring the site as you decide if this path is for you.

For current student doctors, you'll be happy to know this site will provide information on the legislative action COMSA are taking to help make sure all Osteopathic physicians who wish to return to Canada may do so quickly and easily following residency or graduation. We work closely with the Canadian Osteopathic Association to make sure the voices of future Canadian Doctors of Osteopathic medicine are heard loud and clear, and to ensure that our desire to help the underserved in Canada is strongly conveyed. Please get in touch if you are interested in helping with the cause.

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With the new changes to the MCC, many if not most Canadian DO students are switching gears and planning to pursue ACGME residency positions when they graduate. Attending an ACGME residency program requires a work visa, and the easiest visa you can get is the J1.


As you know, gaining access to medical education in Canada is extremely competitive. This is also true for Canadian graduate medical education.

COMSA April 2014 Newsletter

PRESIDENTS' MESSAGE: It is with great pride that we present the first COMSA Newsletter!

Congratulations! COMSA Officers Match CaRMS

COMSA are thrilled to announce that two of our founders and senior officers have matched in Canada in the most recent round of CaRMS! This is an extraordinary achievement and another step towards complete DO equivalency in Canadian medical practice.

Interview Experience

Elective Rotations and Interview process in Canada and the United States for all of us Canadian DO students is quite a challenging time. First word of advice, apply to both CaRMS and now the new GME (more updates in order to return to Canada will be posted as soon as we know more).


EM Residency

Does anyone know if there are any restrictions/limitations doing a 3 year ACGME Emergency Medicine residency if you want to return to Canada to practice? I'm assuming that it'd be on a J-1 visa and the intent is to practice in small town emergency rooms (not trauma centers). Thanks.

Osteopathic Residencies

As Canadians, if we do not intend to return to Canada, can we apply for AOA certified residencies? Are there any osteopathic residency programs that actually sponsor visas to Canadian students?

Advice needed please

Hello everyone,

I have been looking into DO schools and decided that it is worth a shot since i am pessimistic about my chances here in Canada.

My stats are as follows:

About the recent blog post about J1 visas...

Heya guys. Sorry if this has been asked somewhere else before, but I have a question regarding medical school in the US (MD and DO, question applies to both)

ACGME Residency Search

I'm looking into the FREIDA search for ACGME residencies on the AMA website. The general information for each residency program says "IMGs should have, among other qualifications... J1 - yes/no, or H1-b - yes/no".

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