The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest welcomed its third class of 105 new students last week.
We are certain this class will carry on the traditions and maintain the high expectations we have of medical students at COMP-Northwest.
Students have spent time outside the countless hours of study time demanded of them to contribute to the community through getting involved in Lebanon’s health, either by serving fresh, local foods at the Lebanon Downtown Farmers Market, or doing basic health evaluations for those at the Lebanon Soup Kitchen.
The school has opened its doors to the community through mini medical school (for kindergartners in Linn County) and programs such as the Lebanon Health Careers Ladder, which starts with students in sixth grade.
The career ladder is something students may continue through high school, with possibilities of guaranteed admission into medical school, if all the requirements are met.
Students interact with all of K-12, and beyond.
COMP-Northwest students team up with those at Linn-Benton Community College and Oregon State University in nursing and pharmaceutical programs to practice diagnosis on pretend patients.
It is this kind of collaboration that will help them become better doctors.
And that they are doing it in Lebanon, means maybe they will be our doctors.