Interested in continuing your medical school studies in this amazing city while experiencing a new culture? BCOM has partnered with the Osteopathic Health Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates to offer students a clerkship opportunity in their third and fourth years of study.

The Osteopathic Health Centre (OHC) is an outpatient clinic offering a “comprehensive range of non-invasive and manual therapies that liberate from pain, rehabilitate, and promote health by facilitating the natural healing process.” They specialize in a number of treatments including cranial osteopathy, physiotherapy, and homeopathy.

Practitioners at OHC are primarily osteopaths, trained abroad, which differs from an osteopathic physician or DO in the United States. Osteopaths are primary contact practitioners who specialize in musculoskeletal care, but they are not physicians. (Read more about the difference by following this link: This is an excellent opportunity for medical students interested in specializing in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) or improving their manipulative techniques.

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“My understanding is that OMM placement can be a challenge in the United States,” said Jorge Esteves, Ph.D., an osteopath and clinical director at OHC who will be overseeing the clerkship program. “Students in this program will get a more hands-on experience in a multicultural environment. Our patients range from locals to expats from all over the world. We have a very strong community of French, British, and American citizens here. Plus, it’s an opportunity to see the other side of osteopathy and how the profession differs over here from what is practiced in the United States.”

Dr. Esteves is originally from Portugal. He earned his degrees at Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, England and, until moving to Dubai, served as head of research at the British School of Osteopathy in London. He said he moved to Dubai to help develop osteopathic education in the Middle East. Apart from his clinical role at OHC, Dr. Esteves is an associate professor and the undergraduate program leader at Instituto Piaget in Portugal. He is also a researcher and board member at the COME Collaboration (Centre for Osteopathic Medicine Collaboration) in Italy.

The clerkship program has just been approved by the Dubai city healthcare regulatory authority. Dr. Esteves envisions welcoming three or four students at a time for month-long placements. A typical day for students will include working with patients under the supervision of an osteopath, practicing OMM technique and clinical examinations, and studying medical school curriculum in an intimate, multicultural environment. As both Arabic and English are the official languages of Dubai, there is no special language requirement.

“Dubai is a very open country with local traditions and lots of friendly people. There’s a lot to see and do in and around the city,” Dr. Esteves added, cautioning that the months of July and August are extremely hot and may not be the best time frame for people who enjoy spending time outdoors. (Find out more about Dubai at Dubai will be hosting the Osteopathic International Alliance annual general meeting and conference in 2018.

More details will be announced as they are confirmed and as the class of 2020 approaches their third year, but Dr. Esteves said he welcomes developing an early dialogue with any students possibly interested in this remarkable opportunity. He can be reached via email at

To learn more about Dr. Esteves and OHC visit

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