The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific at Western University of Health Sciences

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

COMP accepts applications from qualified candidates. While grades and MCAT scores are important and suggest future academic success, COMP recognizes that these do not guarantee success as a physician. Non-academic criteria are also important. COMP seeks a diverse and balanced student population. An on-campus interview is required.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions Susan Hanson
Application fee $65
AMCAS application accepted No
Applications accepted May 1 (Begins)
February 1 Application deadline
Secondary application required Yes
Personal interview required Yes
Regular application acceptance notification N/A
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks) 12
Deferred entrance available Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due at the time of offer
Early decision plan offered No
Early decision application period N/A
Early decision plan notification date N/A
Starting month (class of 2013-2014) August

Admissions & Enrollment

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Coursework Requirements

Average undergraduate GPA 3.53
Oldest MCAT considered 2009
Average MCAT scores 9.2 MCAT composite score
10.2 biological
9.6 physical sciences
8.5 verbal reasoning
O writing
Required undergraduate coursework
biology/zoology inorganic (general) chemistry
English physics
organic chemistry behavioral science

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered D.O./M.S.
Combined college/M.D. program offered Yes
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program 7
Combined college/M.D. program URL http:/​/​http:/​/​prospective.​westernu.​edu/​index

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women’s health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum? Very frequently
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice? No

Stress Relief Services Offered

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Services
expanded-hour gym access
peer counseling
professional counseling
religious support
support groups

Faculty

Full-time faculty-student ratio 0.1:1 – Low
Full-time faculty 65
Part-time faculty 14
Full-time faculty in basic sciences 30
Part-time faculty in basic sciences 7
Full-time faculty in clinical program 35
Part-time faculty in clinical program 7

2011 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $1.7
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals 9
Principal investigators (PIs) 5
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants 6

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Hospitals
Alhambra Hospital Medical Center Pacific Hospital of Long Beach
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Patton State Hospital
Chino Valley Medical Center Providence Centralia
Citrus Valley Medical Center Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center
City of Hope National Medical Center Riverside County Regional Medical Center
Corona Regional Medical Center Rogue Valley Medical Center
Doctors Hospital Medical Center/Montclair San Antonio Community Hospital
Downey Regional Medical Center San Bernardino County Mental Health
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center St. Charles Bend
Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center St. Clare Hospital
Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center St. Joseph Medical Center
Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center Tacoma General Hospital
Mercy Medical Center Three Rivers Community Hospital
North Orange County Pediatrics Western University Medical Center

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum
The curriculum is divided into three phases: Introduction to the basic sciences; correlated system teaching, incorporating basic and clinical sciences in the study of the organ systems of the body; clinical experiences.

Medical School Ranking

Rank Not Published Best Research
Rank Not Published Best Primary Care

Research Ranking Scores

Score N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 1.9
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 1.8
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $1.7
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $26.74

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.4
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 2.2
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 41.0% – Medium

Ranking Admission Statistics

Average undergraduate GPA 3.53
MCAT composite score 9.2
Acceptance rate 27.2% – High
Full-time faculty-student ratio 0.1:1 – Low
Total medical school enrollment 986

Medical School Student Body

Student Body

Total medical school enrollment 986
In-state students 62.8%
Minority students 42.1%
Underrepresented minority students 3.8%
International students 2.0%
Non-traditional students 10.0%

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Otto Reyer
Financial aid phone (909) 469-5350

Expenses

Tuition
Full-time: $47,515
Required fees $40
Room and board $13,007
Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates who incurred medical school debt $203,430

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid 90%
Students receiving loans 87%
Students receiving grants/scholarships 19%
Students receiving work study 1%

Medical School Residency

Residency Program Admissions (Class of 2011)

Graduates admitted to their first-choice residency program 51.0%
Graduates admitted to one of their top three choices of residency programs 76.7%
Most popular residency and specialty programs (2010 and 2011 classes)
family practice physical medicine and rehabilitation
internal medicine psychiatry
orthopaedic surgery surgery – general
pathology – anatomic and clinical transitional year
pediatrics internal medicine/pediatrics

Primary Care and In-State Residencies

Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 41.0% – Medium
Graduates accepting in-state residencies (2010 and 2011 average) 68.0%