College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) see patients, prescribe medications, perform surgeries, and deliver babies in hospitals, medical centers, and offices across the United States and overseas. Whether they are primary care providers or specialists, DOs use all the standard tools of modern medicine, but also have additional therapeutic modalities with which to care for their patients.

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The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific is staffed by an outstanding group of health care professionals and support staff. Our daily efforts create the end product of our service:

Technically Competent, Culturally Sensitive, Professional and Compassionate Physicians.

We, at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and COMP-Northwest, remain committed to ushering a new generation of osteopathic physicians who serve their patients with purpose, passion, and proficiency. The faculty and staff at both campuses inspire a shared vision of a student-centered, inter-professional approach to learning with a meaningful emphasis on humanistic health care. We strive to model the way for our students and alumni by being leaders in our profession, our communities, and in the realm of academia. Today’s advanced technology and the ever-growing body of medical knowledge continue to move COMP and COMP-Northwest into a new era of medicine. more…



Student Spotlight

Student of the Month Johanna MoTTRAM, DO 2023

“From the beginning, Johanna has been one of the kindest, caring, and outspoken members of our class. She’s never been one to shy away from difficult topics but has always been able to approach them with kindness and empathy. This has never been exemplified more than now when in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Johanna has consistently been a voice for our classmates, advocating for accommodations and our mental health while also providing an ear to listen to our own struggles and fears during the pandemic. Not only that, but during the past two weeks with the murder of George Floyd, Johanna has stepped up her efforts and her amazing compassion and empathy towards us, George Floyd, and the Black Lives Matter movement in her consistent activism on her social media. Recently she drafted an amazingly written letter to Dean Crone and many of COMP’s faculty regarding the impacts of recent events on our ability to focus and study for an exam that covers an entire year’s worth of material. Her initiative to raise her voice on behalf of our entire class is no easy task, and one that should and will be recognized for forever. I am forever humbled by Johanna’s compassion, her empathy, and her strength to take charge of the situation and speak her mind to the administration. I am so lucky to have the honor of having her as a friend, a classmate, and an advocate. Thank you Johanna, for being such an amazing person, for being you.”

Faculty Spotlight


Michael A. Seffinger, DO served as executive editor of the fourth edition of “Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine,” released in December 2018. It’s considered the most authoritative and comprehensive resource on osteopathic medicine for students, physicians and educators and is required reading for first and second-year osteopathic medical students throughout the U.S.
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Alumni Spotlight

Ellen Provost, DO COMP Class of ’89

The American Osteopathic Association (AMA) presented Ellen Provost, DO, with the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Public Service last night. Dr. Provost, director of the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center, has served the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) for nearly 20 years.

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The 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…


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The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), was established in 1977 as a direct and important response to a critical shortage of primary care physicians in the western United States. More…


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COMP-Northwest is our additional campus located in Lebanon, OR.

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COMP Virtually graduates DO2020 class


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Congratulations to the DO2022 NMM/OMM Fellows

We are pleased to announce that the following students have been chosen as the next cohort of Pre-Doctoral NMM/OMM Teaching Fellows. As with most years, we had an abundance of amazing and supremely qualified candidates for this scholarship. We are humbled and impressed with the overall performance of all the candidates as representatives of COMP and COMP-NW, WesternU, and ultimately the profession. We extend a warm welcome to the new incoming Fellows and thank all of the candidates for their application and dedication to the education of our future students.



Jonathan Briganti has been named Student DO of the Year!

Jonathan has been a model student to the WesternU community since he matriculated 4 years ago. He has proven to be a strong leader by taking on numerous leadership positions within the university over the years including house lead, alumni/ class representative, trivia night host, admissions admissions ambassador, and treasurer for ACOFP. Additionally he has been extremely active in community service through working his work with Pomona Health Career Ladders (in which he also served on the student executive board), and Montclair clinic. He helps to promote the osteopathic profession by performing community outreach events as one of the University’s predoctoral teaching fellows to help educate others and prospective students about osteopathy. He also always goes out of his way to dedicate himself to helping his fellow students succeed. He always jumps at the opportunity to tutor those in need as well as provide his advise and experience to underclassman, whether it is through informal talks or even sitting on Q&A panels. Despite being committed to numerous extracurricular activities, he has been dedicated to his studies and even has been among the top of both his original 2019 as well as graduating classes. He truly is an inspiration and role model to students at WesternU and is extremely deserving to be named Student Doctor of the Year for WesternU.

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