Since 1988, we have established a continuing education program. We have also held the International Symposium on Traditional Osteopathy every June since 1983. Since then, we have invited more than 250 osteopaths from around the world as guest speakers. We have welcomed Harold Magoun, D.O., Thomas Schooley, D.O., Ann Wales, D.O., Fred Mitchell, D.O., Laurence John, D.O., Alan Becker, D.O., Anthony Chila, D.O., Francis Peyralade, D.O., Viola Frymann, D.O., Irvin Korr, D.O., and many others who came to share their experiences and transmit their know-how.
Throughout the years, Philippe Druelle has developed a clinical methodology, which allows osteopaths to treat patients in their entirety by treating the causes of symptoms, establishing priorities and restoring the mechanisms that produce balance and health, all while specifically responding to the needs of each patient. We teach this method with great success around the world (Canada, Europe, Russia, Japan and the United States). It has also become an effective support for clinical and fundamental research. It allows, among other things, the justification of treatment plans. This pedagogical development allows students and osteopaths to better treat causes in a logical fashion and think like “engineers of the human body” according to the formula used by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, founder of osteopathy.
The college has always been very implicated in the process for the recognition of the profession. In 1996, it was the first representative of the community to present before the Office des Professions du Québec (OPQ) and would participate in the first debate at the National Assembly. In 2013, representatives of the CEO appeared before the Office des Professions to answer questions so the Office could inform themselves for the purpose of regulating professional practice. Our full-time program in osteopathy effectively proved the seriousness of our training programs. Currently, our challenge is to preserve the entirety of our scope of practice that has developed over the years. Our goal is to work in complementarity and jointly with healthcare professionals for the greater benefit of patients. We work in harmony with the physicians who recommend patients to us and to whom we refer patients who need medical diagnoses and treatments.
In 2016, thanks to Nadia Todoroff, D.O. and Tatiana Vera-Lescano, D.O., the CEO created a five-year program with the Catholic University of Santa María in Arequipa, Peru.