College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Northwest

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College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Northwest at Western University
Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific logo.jpg
Established 2011
Type Private, non-profit
Dean Paula Crone, D.O.
Admin. staff 15
Postgraduates 212
Location Lebanon, Oregon, USA
44°32′57″N 122°54′37″W / 44.5492°N 122.9104°W / 44.5492; -122.9104Coordinates: 44°32′57″N 122°54′37″W / 44.5492°N 122.9104°W / 44.5492; -122.9104
Campus Rural, 50 acres (20 ha)[1]
Nickname COMP-Northwest
Website westernu.edu/northwest

The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Northwest (COMP Northwest) is a non-profit, private, medical school for osteopathic medicine located in Lebanon, in the U.S. state of Oregon. Opened in 2011, the school is a branch campus of Western University of Health Sciences' College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, and is operated in partnership with Samaritan Health Services. Graduates of the college will receive the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. The university plans to eventually open additional colleges at the Lebanon campus.[2]

History[edit]

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The main building for the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Northwest. The building first opened for classes in fall 2011

Plans for the school were announced as early as 2007,[3] and in January 2008 it was announced the school would partner with Willamette Valley based Samaritan Health Services.[4] A year later, the planned school received accreditation by the American Osteopathic Association,[5] and in June 2009 groundbreaking took place for the first building on the campus, a 55,000-square-foot (5,100 m2) structure owned by Samaritan Health Services and leased to the school.[6] That building was estimated to cost $15 million to build, and COMP Northwest signed a 20-year lease on the building.[7]

During the 76th Oregon Legislative Assembly, the Senate passed a resolution to "congratulate the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest, thank the founders for their commitment to the people of Oregon and wish the college success in the future".[8] The school opened in August 2011 with an initial enrollment of 107 students, and 15 full-time faculty members.[9] At that time tuition was $47,000 and the college planned to eventually grow to 400 students.[9] COMP Northwest is expected to nearly double the number of Oregon residents graduating as physicians from medical school.[10] In March 2012, the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce gave COMP-Northwest the Small Business of the Year Award.[11]

Academics[edit]

The students entering the Class of 2015 had an average Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score of 28 and an average overall GPA of 3.53.[12]

Campus[edit]

The campus is located across the street from Samaritan Health Services' Lebanon Community Hospital.[9] The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific previously provided students for residencies at the hospital before the new branch campus opened.[9] COMP Northwest's campus shares lectures from the home campus in Pomona, California. Lectures are streamed both directions, with most of the lectures coming from the Pomona campus.[9] The campus has a single, two-story building leased from Samaritan Health Services, with an option to buy the building and construct additional buildings at the location.[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Fossum, Jim (October 9, 2012). "Local med student eyes career close to home". Coast River Business Journal. 
  2. ^ Paul, Alex (February 2, 2012). "More colleges planned at COMP-NW, area leaders told". Democratherald. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Oden, Betty (November 11, 2009). "Western University Samaritan Campus Phase 1". Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Blancett, Molly (January 15, 2008). "Medical school coming to Lebanon". KVAL.com. Fisher Communications. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Medical school for Lebanon gets green light". The Oregonian. The Associated Press. January 16, 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Samaritan, WesternU break ground on health sciences campus". News & Events. Samaritan Health Services. July 1, 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Weinstein, Nathalie (June 25, 2009). "Medical school breaks ground in Lebanon". Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Senate Resolution 2". 2011 Regular Session. Oregon Legislature. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f Budnick, Nick (July 31, 2011). "Osteopathic medical school to open next week in Lebanon, Oregon". The Oregonian. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  10. ^ DeBow, Matt (January 19, 2012). "Merkley breezes through town for tour of COMP". Lebanon Express. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  11. ^ Paul, Alex (March 15, 2012). "Lebanon Area Chamber Gives Community Awards". Democratic Herald. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Competitive Candidate Profile". Western University of Health Sciences. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 

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