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COMP-Northwest (OR): Student, Faculty & Alumni Spotlight

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest


A woman wearing glasses and a black blazer. Student Spotlight: Congratulations Student Yarxey Bello, OMS III

“Rex is always willing to help as a Spanish translator in the clinic and in the hospital. This is very helpful to me and other people in the track. When out on community medicine rotations she is sometimes one of the few people there available to translate and is always patient and kind with her peers and with the patients.”
“Rex always prioritizes her heath and wellness during her time off from rotations. She is always encouraging and having a positive attitude especially when her peers are feeling burnt out”



Faculty Spotlight: Jenna Collins, DO named OPSO DO of the Year

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Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest (COMP-Northwest) Assistant Professor and Chair of Family Medicine Jenna Collins, DO, as its DO of the Year. “I know how many amazing physicians are out there,” Collins said. “To be called out was quite an honor. I was humbled and honored to receive it.” This prestigious honor is a testament to Dr. Collins’ outstanding contributions to the field of osteopathic medicine and her influential role in shaping future medical professionals, said COMP and COMP-Northwest Acting Dean David A. Connett, DO ’84, FACOFP dist. “Dr. Collins’s dedication to medical education, combined with her exceptional clinical skills, sets a high standard for what it means to be a physician and an educator,” he said. In her role as Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at COMP-Northwest and COMP-Pomona, Dr. Collins introduced innovative strategies that significantly enhanced the educational experience…Read Dr. Collins’ Story


Peter Fox, DO

Alumni Spotlight: Peter Fox, DO – COMP-Northwest ’16

The world-renowned photographer Ansel Adams once said, “In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.” These words ring true for WesternU alum Peter Fox, DO (’16), whose exploration and travel led to a beautiful journey personally and professionally. “Medical school was such a fun time for me; I worked hard and whenever I wasn’t studying, I was outdoors making the most of the Northwest,” shared Dr. Fox. “Going to school here I was encouraged to travel and gain as much experience as I could. Traveling to conferences both locally with the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon and all across the country with Convocation and the American Osteopathic Association greatly increased my knowledge and enthusiasm for medicine.”
Reflecting on his journey, his wisdom to future health care professionals, “Explore broadly, travel as much as you can and see different systems, levels of care, medical record systems and employment models before you choose what suits you best.” The importance of rotations, residency and being a “floating employee” has provided vital experience. Dr. Fox, who currently works for Samaritan Health Services, can attest to the medical diversity of the Pacific Northwest, “The different regions of Oregon have dramatically different resources which makes treatment of even common conditions quite challenging and variable depending on where I happen to be working that day. I wanted a flexible position where I could travel and do a lot of internal medicine.” This diversity provides Dr. Fox the opportunity to improve one’s health and that of the community, “I get to use all aspects of my training from wilderness medicine to ICU training on a regular basis, work with public health and participate in community health events.” Dr. Fox encourages all health care professionals to properly prepare, “Training here has definitely helped me build a familiarity with the people, the places and the available resources. Networking makes me more comfortable with my coworkers and specialists, so we are comfortable taking care of patients together.”
Final thoughts from Dr. Fox, “Work in as many different environments as you can; see patients in every setting, level of resource and with as many backgrounds as you can find. Be prepared and then keep preparing; there will always be something you are doing today which future medical professionals will look back on with incredulity and therefore we must all be ready to change our practice when we learn a little more.”