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Osteopathic Medicine, D.O. – Émigré Physicians Program

As a highly trained émigré physician born and educated outside of the United States, you can become eligible to practice as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) in the U.S. through the Émigré Physicians Program (EPP).

What You’ll Learn

The four-year, full-time Émigré Physicians Program (EPP) is ideal for émigré physicians seeking to become Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) in the U.S.

You’ll receive the training you need to qualify for proper licensing, obtain your D.O. degree, and qualify for medical residency. You’ll study the principles and practices of osteopathic medicine, as well as complete courses in specialized areas such as child abuse prevention, infection control, and even medical Spanish.

Acceptance into the Émigré Physicians Program is selective and highly competitive. Candidates are chosen based on academic excellence, an in-person interview process, and other requirements.


  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Icahn School of Medicine/Beth Israel
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • New York-Presbyterian
  • Northwell Health
  • Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Career Options

  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine Specialist
  • Pediatrician
  • Primary Care Physician
  • Surgeon
David Yulda (D.O. '04)


When David had the chance to leave Siberia and move to the United States, he took it. Already a trained doctor specializing in otolaryngology, he enrolled in the Émigré Physicians Program and is now pursuing his dream of practicing anesthesiology.

Danny Warda (D.O., ’20)


After emigrating to the U.S. from Baghdad, Iraq, Danny is now researching the effect of methamphetamine on the pathogenesis of osteomyelitis caused by MRSA.

Mena Louis Pebawy (D.O. '20)


As a general surgery resident in Cairo, Mena aspired to practice medicine in the U.S. After leaving Egypt in 2012 and enrolling at NYITCOM, he has learned new skills and how to approach medicine from different perspectives.

Being an international medical graduate limits my options in the United States. Once I heard about the Émigré Physicians Program, I thought that becoming a U.S. graduate would be a great chance to pursue my dream and do what I really love.

Danny Warda (D.O. ’20)

Exceptional experiences.
Outstanding outcomes.







AOA Accreditation Badge

The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program is accredited by the AOA Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).

How You’ll Succeed

NYITCOM is the only medical school in the United States offering this type of program, and it is available only on our Long Island campus. As a student, you’ll be fully integrated into the entering D.O. class and participate in all aspects of student life, including research opportunities with faculty in the areas of anatomy, heart and kidney disease, sports medicine, Parkinson’s disease, and more.

AOA Accreditation Badge


The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program is accredited by the AOA Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).

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