Five years ago, when the College of Osteopathic Medicine students first came to town, we were impressed to see how involved they became with the community. They did this through several volunteering opportunities.

While volunteering is an educational requirement for those students during the first two years, we got the sense that they truly cared about the causes they were helping out with.

One notable event that impressed us was that when a flood hit the mid-valley in January 2012, several of those students dropped their books, and headed to the Lebanon Fire District to help fill free sandbags for the community. 

Through the classes that have come since have included students doing all sorts of volunteer work such as teaching youngsters about science through Lebanon Health Career Ladder days and teaching kids about nutrition at the Lebanon Boys & Girls Club.

This week the students got a chance to showcase some of their work to the public at the Second Annual COMP-Northwest Student Technology and Research Symposium on Sept. 21. There students you are in their second year of medical school got to speak about what they did as part of research projects during the summer. 

While a lot of the info flew over our heads, as some of it was highly technical medical information, we still found it impressive to see what they're doing at COMP-Northwest. 

From Jennifer Darnell's abstract she writes "Deficiency in the enzyme, fumarylacetoacetate  hydrolase, in tyrosine metabolism leads to hereditary tyrosinemia type 1 in childhood . . ." 

We only understood about half of those words, but Darnell had a solid grasp of the concepts and presented them with confidence and was able to field questions (from other med students we're assuming) about her research. 

It's great that we get to see the med students helping out in the community, but we're also hoping to see more and more of the student's work highlighted in the future. 

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