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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.
The College recognizes that these unprecedented times are impacting your application timeline to medical school. Therefore, it is important that we provide you with clear direction when completing your application. This message from the Dean provides details for the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP).
Osteopathic Medicine is a whole-person approach that emphasizes the body’s interconnectedness. Osteopathic physicians are trained to use a hands-on approach called Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) for the patients, in addition to using traditional diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. DOs treat each patient as an individual, not a set of symptoms.
Beyond their basic and clinical medical training, Osteopathic physicians (DO) receive training in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM). That is, in addition to their basic science and clinical training, DOs are additionally able to use their hands to diagnose and treat injury and illness and encourage the body’s natural tendency toward good health. OMM enables physicians to treat their patients with the appropriate combination of medical procedures, medication, AND manipulation. This form of treatment can often result in immediate relief and/or increased speed of healing.
The College recognizes that these unprecedented times are impacting your application timeline to medical school. Therefore, it is important that we provide you with clear direction when completing your application. The attached document provides details for the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP).
We have a nationally recognized program and offer you:
- A record of consistently high first-time pass rates for COMLEX board exams.
- Clinical training that develops professional and communication skills.
- A private health professions-focused institution that fosters interprofessional learning.
- Faculty who care deeply about students and are committed to their success.
- Long humanistic tradition of treating patients as people first; treating students with respect; and fostering camaraderie among students.
- Outstanding student support services including tutoring and disability resources.
- Diverse student body and rich array of student club and volunteer opportunities.
- Great Southern California location with tremendous clinical training opportunities as well as access to major cultural and recreational resources.
- A chance to join well-respected WesternU-COMP alumni, who enjoy a lifelong connection with the University.
- Learn more about the academic outcomes of our graduates on the Academic Outcomes page.
The training you receive at WesternU will provide solid preparation for the postdoctoral training years that follow your undergraduate osteopathic medical education. We will help you build the foundation you need for a rewarding career as a physician caring for patients and their families.
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