March marks a milestone in California’s history of Osteopathic Medicine and the eventual establishment of Western University of Health Sciences. It was 33 years ago in March, when the California Supreme Court overturned a 1962 Referendum banning the licensing of osteopathic physicians in the state. Three years after the Court’s ruling, osteopathic physicians who were familiar with Dr. Philip Pumerantz’ work on behalf of the osteopathic profession, asked him to come to California and establish a college of osteopathic medicine, which opened in 1977 as the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Dr. Pumerantz became the president where he remains Western University’s president today.
COMP was built on the tenets of the osteopathic profession and in the spirit of those DOs who remained true to their heritage.
Now in 2007, the University is celebrating its 30th anniversary year and recognizes the significance of the California Supreme Court’s decision 33 years ago.