Training and licensing for Osteopathic physicians is quite different in the United States, as compared to other countries. While American-trained Osteopaths are fully licensed physicians, European trained osteopaths are not. The United States recognizes only graduates of Osteopathic medical colleges in the United States as physicians, and does not medically license those trained outside the country. Licensed Osteopathic physicians such as Dr. Binyamin Rothstein who are trained in the United States are able to practice in 65 countries with full medical permissions. The Bureau of International Osteopathic Medical Education and Affairs works to assure the licensing and registration of physicians outside the United States, and works with the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization to advance the work of U.S. trained osteopaths.
Dr. Binyamin Rothstein has lived and worked in Israel since 2012, and has offices in both Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem. U.S. trained physicians like Dr. Binyamin Rothstein often qualify as practicing physicians in foreign countries. The American Osteopathic Association encourages other countries to recognize U.S. trained Doctors of Osteopathy in the same way as M.D.’s are recognized.65 countries today grant unlimited practice rights to United States trained Doctors of Osteopathy. In 2005, U.S. trained Doctors of Osteopathy became accepted in Britain for full medical practice rights. One problem has been that there are “some countries (which) don’t understand the differences in training between an osteopathic physician and an osteopath,” according to Josh Kerr of the American Osteopathic Association.