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.