SOURCE: Western University of Health Sciences

Western University of Health Sciences

March 01, 2011 14:28 ET

WesternU DO Applications Set Record

POMONA, CA--(Marketwire - March 1, 2011) - Applications to become a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) student are at national record highs for the 2011 entering class.

The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) in Pomona, Calif., and its new COMP-Northwest campus, in Lebanon, Ore., both part of Western University of Health Sciences, have combined total applications of more than 5,900.

As of Feb. 18, 2011, 3,905 applications had been submitted for COMP and 2,038 for COMP-Northwest.

"The applicant pool for COMP-Northwest far exceeds the expected numbers," said Paula Crone, DO, Executive Associate Dean for COMP-Northwest. "Nationwide, there are 20 students applying for each filled seat, and our Oregon campus matches those numbers. I believe this reflects the great enthusiasm not only in the mid-Willamette Valley of Oregon for COMP-Northwest, but throughout the entire state."

Classes at COMP-Northwest, which is in the process of enrolling it first 100 students, will begin Aug. 1.

WesternU's COMP has seen application totals increase substantially in recent years, climbing from 2,607 during the 2007-08 academic year to more than 3,800 in each of the past two years.

The rise in applications to the nation's osteopathic medical schools will help alleviate impending physician shortages, according to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM). More than 13,500 aspiring physicians have applied to 26 osteopathic colleges nationally, a 7.3 percent increase over the number of applicants at the same time in 2010, according to AACOM.

"These are excellent students," said AACOM President and CEO Dr. Stephen C. Shannon. "Not only are their Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores and GPAs strong and steadily increasing, but they are demonstrating their community involvement and commitment through increased participation in service and research."

Approximately 550 students will be interviewed for 220 DO medical student openings at WesternU's Pomona campus. Enrollment is currently about 60 percent. Approximately 300 DO medical students will be interviewed for 100 openings at the Oregon campus. Enrollment is currently about 70 percent, said Susan Hanson, director of admissions for COMP.

More than 20 percent of new U.S. medical students are studying at osteopathic medical colleges. By 2015, more than 5,300 osteopathic physicians will graduate from the nation's osteopathic medical schools each year, according to AACOM.

COMP-Northwest will be the first new medical campus in Oregon in more than a century.

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