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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.

Be sure to register to get full use of the site, including clearance to use the forums. This site is still under construction. Please forward any questions you may have to Thank you.


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J1 UPDATE (from the horse's mouth)

COMSA have been contacted by Health Canada to set the record straight on a couple issues pertaining to the J1 visa and Statements of Need in particular:

November Seminars - McMaster, Guelph, Ryerson

COMSA will be hosting three seminars this November, two of which will be hosted by our most recent graduates to successfully match through CaRMS. Definitely not something to miss if you're interested in medical school and osteopathic medicine!

Seminar U Waterloo 04.10.2014

If you're in the area, don't miss this fall's U Waterloo seminar on Wednesday October 4 2014! This seminar has had a good turnout in the past and is a great opportunity to meet current and prospective DO students. Come out and get your questions answered! See you there.


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.



Hi everyone,

Canadian Friendly Schools

I have been looking at the Osteopathic Medical College Information Book for 2015 have found some discrepancies between their information and the information on this website. The info book says A.T.

Writing secondary applications

Hello, all.

I recently have received secondary applications to few schools.
I know it is quite late in the game, but I would rather submit these and give myself a chance, even if it is the slightest.

Application Questions

1. I know for some Canadian medical schools you need to have a full course load to apply to their programs, do you also need a full course load in each of your years in undergrad to apply to American DO schools?

Not staying in the states for residency

Good day,
I have an offer from Michigan State sitting in my inbox and I'm not sure what to do with it.

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