College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Northwest
|College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Northwest at Western University|
|Dean||Paula Crone, D.O.|
|Location||Lebanon, Oregon, USA
|Campus||Rural, 50 acres (20 ha)|
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.
Plans for the school were announced as early as 2007, and in January 2008 it was announced the school would partner with Willamette Valley based Samaritan Health Services. A year later, the planned school received accreditation by the American Osteopathic Association, 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. That building was estimated to cost $15 million to build, and COMP Northwest signed a 20-year lease on the building.
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". The school opened in August 2011 with an initial enrollment of 107 students, and 15 full-time faculty members. At that time tuition was $47,000 and the college planned to eventually grow to 400 students. COMP Northwest is expected to nearly double the number of Oregon residents graduating as physicians from medical school. In March 2012, the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce gave COMP-Northwest the Small Business of the Year Award. The school's first class on 100 graduates in June 2015.
The campus is located across the street from Samaritan Health Services' Lebanon Community Hospital. The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific previously provided students for residencies at the hospital before the new branch campus opened. 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. 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.
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