Osteopathic Physician

International Criteria for Admission to the World “Registry of Osteopathic Physicians”

The Osteopathic Physician is either:

1. ‘Doctor of Osteopathy’ from the USA:

  • A. The Osteopathic Physician has successfully completed the Doctor of Osteopathy program at a nationally recognized Osteopathic Medical School
  • B. The Osteopathic Physician has successfully completed the Osteopathic National Board Exam in the USA,
  • C. The Osteopathic Physician has an unlimited license to practice medicine in the USA. -or

2. A Doctor of Medicine from a country other than the USA or from the USA:

  • a. The Osteopathic Physician has completed the Doctor of Medicine program at a nationally recognized Medical School. This is usually a 6 year program after final school exam (equivalent to the 2 year Junior College Degree-A.S.) comprising about 6000 hours (independent of completion of the Dr. med. Dissertation)
  • b. The Osteopathic Physician has an unlimited license to practice medicine in the
    country of residence,
  • c. Following the completion of medical school, the Osteopathic Physician has completed a post-graduate training program in Manual Medicine/ Osteopathic Medicine comprising at least 700 hours. This training program must be given by or approved by a recognized Osteopathic Physician Medical Society in the country of training. The Osteopathic Physician must successfully complete a written, oral and practical test at the completion of this training program. This test must be given by a board of Osteopathic Physicians recognized nationally in the country of training. This post-graduate training can be completed parallel to the Osteopathic Physician’s practice of medicine but must take at least years to complete (no maximum time limit).
  • d. The Osteopathic training must include the following topics (as a minimum):
  1. Osteopathic History
  2. Osteopathic Philosophy
  3. Osteopathic Diagnosis
  4. Osteopathic Palpation and Structural Exam
  5. Osteopathic Nomenclature
  6. Osteopathic Somatic Dysfunction
  7. Barrier Concept in Osteopathic Medicine
  8. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment-Overview
  9. Osteopathic Manipulative Techniques:
    a. Strain/Counterstrain
    b. Muscle-Energy
    c. Myofascial Release
    d. Craniosacral
    e. Visceral
    f. Functional Technique
    g. High velocity-low amplitude Technique
    10. Osteopathic disease management
    11. Health Maintenance in Osteopathic Medicine
    12. Osteopathic Research

Dr. med. Johannes Mayer D.O.M.
Prof. Dr. med. Peter Adler-Michaelson, D.O.