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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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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.

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.


Grade Conversion


I am having some confusion regarding how to convert the Canadian grades to AMCAS GPA. I took courses from multiple universities, specifically, U of Saskatchewan, U of Regina, UBC and York U. Also, what does semester hours mean?

Grade Conversion

Hello. I am having some confusion regarding how to convert our Canadian grades to AMCAS GPA. Also, what does "semester hours" mean?

Seeking Advice


U of Toronto (Studied life sciences):
cGPA: 3.22 (first two years)
cGPA: 1.83 (total of 5 years - I failed all the courses of the last three years at U of T)

Athabasca University (B.Comm)
cGPA: 3.80

Physics prerequisite

Hi. I am wondering about the physics prequisites for entering osteopathic medicine. Does the physics require calculus or can it be non-calculus based?

Chances of practicing in Canada


I've been reading a lot about the new rules where USDOs are now considered IMGs in Canada. I am a bit confused about the what this means

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