Tools of the Trade switches hands
Tools of the trade

Tools of the Trade switches hands

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Chamber Executive Director Shelly Garrett looks over a photo array of medical students receiving medical bags at white coat ceremonies with COMP-Northwest Dean Paula Crone on May 2.

The Lebanon Chamber of Commerce presented its last check for the Tools of the Trade program at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest on May 2.

The Tools of the Trade program provides each incoming medical student at COMP-Northwest with a medical bag. Businesses and individuals sponsor the program.

The chamber’s commitment to running the program was for the first four years of incoming medical students, said Shelly Garrett, Chamber Executive Director.

Garrett was worried that when the chamber’s commitment ended, so would the program, she said.

The program won’t end because the Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of Oregon will take over the program, said Paula Crone, dean of COMP-Northwest and the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.

Crone spoke about how important the program is to her.

“The medical bag is a symbol of our profession and the healing arts,” Crone said. “The chamber has been able to buy a medical bag for the last four years of medical students. We’re passing the torch to David Walls and OPSO.”

The students receive their bags during a white coat ceremony as they begin their first year of medical school. The white coat ceremony is a celebration in August that marks the beginning of each student’s journey to become doctors.

Crone gave Garrett a photo array of each year’s students receiving their medical bags during the white coat ceremonies.

Garrett shed some tears as she and Crone looked over the photos.

Crone got the idea to give each first-year medical student a bag because she carried around her grandmother’s when she attended med school, she said.

Garrett said she received more donations than expected during the life of the program.

In four years, $61,500 was donated for the bags, Garrett said. The amount was raised from from 312 businesses and individuals.

Through Tools of the Trade, about 430 medical students have received their first medical bag, according to a press release from COMP-Northwest. This year’s check was for $16,487.50 and will purchase medical bags for 108 incoming medical students for the class of 2018.

To donate to the program, checks may be sent to the Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of Oregon at the Oregon Osteopathic Foundation, 4380 SW Macadam Ave., Suite 125, Portland, OR 97239 or online at .

For more information, visit or call 503-299-6776. 


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