Thanks Doc, it gives me hope for the future.
I'm doing first year, after my B.sc in kinesiology and a year of science to put me on the same level as MD and physiotherapist.
The main difference here is that you don't need to attend medicine school to obtain your D.O. What makes it more difficult is that there is no official status for both chiro and osteo. Most doc aren't even sure it's useful. MD are all-powerful and encompass every aspect of health here, even though after discussing with some students, it appears obvious that their anatomy studies are minimal, to say the least.
One couldn't tell much more about the rotator cuff save that it was situated in the shoulder. Yet, they are the only one with the 'ability' (read: legal right) to diagnose, even though without the correct specialty like orthopedics, a generalist can diagnose you with skeletal disorders.
The problem is most MD are not aware of the usefulness of other alternatives to pills, and even those you will tell their clients to see a chiro or osteo will be hard put to endorse the science at the basis of our manipulations. And like I said, in Canada, especially in Quebec, they got have the last say on all health matters and their official stand is not very positive.
Oh well, it'll be up to me and others to pionneer the way into comprehension, and further their understanding of others health practices. The greatest thing that can happen to the mediical community here is to accept that they can't cover everything and be the final judges in all debates pertaining to health, healthcares and appropriate therapy.