Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest Western University of Health Sciences

Message from the Dean

Paula M. Crone, D.O.

Paula M. Crone, D.O.

COMP-Northwest will continue the traditions started by COMP in 1977. We will train physicians for our future that will be capable of marshalling in a new era of medicine. Our students will become the health care leaders of tomorrow, utilizing the knowledge and technology available today to practice from the Pacific Northwest to all corners of the globe with purpose, passion and skill.

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About the College

COMP-Northwest is the second medical school campus of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), which is the medical school of WesternU. COMP-NW operates from a ­55,000-square-foot Medical Education and Research Building. More…


COMP-PomonaThe College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) supports Western University of Health Sciences in its mission to increase the availability of Physicians to serve the needs of the people living in the western region of the United States. More…


For information about how to support COMP-NW, please contact COMP-Northwest’s Associate Director of Development Kim Ketcham (541) 259-0666 or email: kketcham@westernu.edu.


Willed Body Donation Program

Oregon Campus

More and more people are making arrangements to donate their bodies each year to medical education after death. The gift this offers to humankind is immeasurable and is deemed “priceless” to our future doctors and researchers who through the hands-on experience gain knowledge that cannot be acquired by any other means.
For more information please contact Steven H. Carmichael, Director, Willed Body Donation Program (541) 259-0256 or email: scarmichael@westernu.edu.


Welcome Week


COMP-Northwest will host Welcome Week (New Student Orientation) July 29-August 1st.
COMP – Pomona our additional campus in Pomona CA will begin August 4th.

Faculty Spotlight

Professor Brion Benninger, executive director of the Medical Anatomy Center (MAC)

B Benningerhas been invited to present on his research using innovative technologies and techniques integrating Glass into teaching clinical anatomy associated with diagnostic and invasive procedures. He has been integrating these technologies and techniques creating the “Millennial Anatomy Lab” that he published and continues to develop in the McDaniel Radiology, Surgery and Anatomy Lab in Lebanon. The Editor-in-Chief of the journal Clinical Anatomy has also invited Dr. Benninger to present at the American Association of Clinical Anatomists annual meeting in June 2015.

Student Spotlight

Meet fourth-year med student: Brian Shelmadine

Fourth year COMP-Northwest student Brian Shelmadine grew up in Alliance, Nebraska. He earned his bachelor of arts in Mass Communications from Doane College. He earned a master of arts from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in exercise; he earned a PhD in exercise, nutrition and preventative health from Baylor University. Shelamdine will graduate from COMP-Northwest at a commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. on June 5 at the school, 200 Mullins Dr. .
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Welcome Week
Saturday 8/1/15

Photo by Mark Ylen, Democrat Herald

100 COMP-Northwest students embraced by Lebanon are now new doctors

In 2011, very few days passed when Mayor Ken Toomb could not be found sitting in his car near Mullins Drive, watching progress on a $20 million, 55,000-square-foot building that would soon house the WesternU COMP-Northwest medical school. Friday morning, former Mayor Toomb was among more than 2,000 people who attended the medical school’s inaugural commencement ceremony in a massive tent on the north side of what is now the Samaritan Health Sciences Campus…read more

Match Day 2015

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