Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) is hosting an Osteopathic

Medicine Awareness Conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 13,

on the University’s Pomona campus at 309 E. Second St. Pre-registration

for the event is required by November 9. Cost is $15.

The event is being sponsored by WesternU’s admissions office and is

organized in conjunction with the school’s College of Osteopathic Medicine

of the Pacific (COMP), which admits 176 students annually into a four year

doctor of osteopathic medicine degree program. The conference will include

an overview of osteopathic medicine, information on COMP’s curriculum,

campus tours and workshops on admissions, student services and financial

aid. Lunch will be provided.

The awareness event is held three times a year for prospective students

and college advisers who are interested in learning about the practice of

osteopathic medicine. About 150 people are expected to attend.

“”We hope that everyone who attends will take with them a better

understanding of osteopathic medicine and a clear sense of how it is

taught at WesternU,”” said Ann Ellis, director of university

recruiting. “”The event is also an opportunity for prospective students to

interact with COMP students and get a sense of the WesternU culture.””

COMP was established in 1977 as the 14th osteopathic medical school in the

country. Osteopathic medicine was founded in the late 1800s, and is

distinct in that it recognizes that all body systems are interdependent.

Osteopathic physicians (DOs) implement osteopathic manipulative medicine

to diagnose and treat injury and illness with their hands and encourage

the body’s natural tendency toward good health.

DOs are recognized by the federal government and the American Medical

Association as complete physicians, and are fully trained and licensed to

practice in all 50 states. There are currently 19 osteopathic medical

schools in the U.S., and more than 38,000 DOs are registered to practice

in the nation.

For more information, or to register for the Osteopathic Medicine

Awareness Conference, call the office of admissions at (909) 469-5334.