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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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GPOMS Updates

The Guelph Pre-Osteopathic Medicine Society will be holding its first general meeting tomorrow, Wednesday October 14th, from 4pm to 5pm in Mackinnon 231.


The students at University of Guelph have recently implemented an osteopathic medicine interest group to assist those hoping to enroll at an osteopathic school for their medical training.

October Seminar - U Waterloo 03.10.2015

Please join COMSA at U Waterloo for a seminar on osteopathic medicine on October 3, 2015. Many changes have occurred recently which affect not only Canadians' access to osteopathic medicine, but also their ability to return to Canada to practice medicine when they complete their training.

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!


Multiple MCAT Scores


I'm not sure if this was already asked in the past, but do schools look down upon writing the MCAT multiple times and will the highest score be used in the admission process ?


Shortest duration ACGME residency that is recognized by Canada?

Hi All,

I've heard that in Canada you need 5 years of EM residency, while in US it's only 3 years. I wonder what ACGME specialty/residency is the shortest one that is recognized by Canada (be it Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons or College of Family Physicians)?

Finding a DO to shadow?

I can't find any DO doctors in my area are there any sites that have lists of DO doctors that I could contact for shadowing or have others gone to the states to shadow doctors there?

Shadowing a DO

Hello everyone,

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