This blog lists the medical schools in Oregon including their course requirements and admission statistics. It also outlines some features of the state which you should consider if you are applying to a medical school in Oregon.


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Oregon is an ideal state to study in if you would like to attend medical school in a quirky and vibrant urban centre, but also have access to suburban and rural populations. Oregon is well-known for its natural beauty and abundance of outdoor activities, making it an attractive place to study if you are inclined towards hobbies like hiking, biking, and skiing.

Medical Schools in Oregon:

Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

The Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine is one of the oldest western medical schools dating back to the 19th century. Their mission is to "provide programs to enhance human health, with an emphasis on improving health and access to care for all Oregonians. Educate tomorrow’s physicians, scientists and other health professionals and prepare them for a lifetime of learning, leadership, discovery and service. To develop new medical knowledge and technologies through basic, clinical and translational research. To translate discoveries into effective health care and quality delivery." Each year, the Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine receives approximately 6700 applications. Roughly 570 applicants are interviewed and 150 students are admitted each year. Students are selected for admission based on the following:

  • Motivation, ability to communicate, problem-solving ability and maturity
  • Review of overall scholastic record
  • Review of MCAT scores
  • Review of letters of recommendation
  • Understanding and appreciation of health care issues and/ or biomedical research
  • Interest in rural health, underserved areas and primary care
  • With respect to the M.D./Ph.D. Combined Degree Program, commitment to and potential for biomedical research

Location: Portland, OR

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Northwest

The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) Northwest's mission is "to prepare students to become technically competent, culturally sensitive, professional and compassionate physicians who are prepared for graduate medical education, who are lifelong learners, and who will serve society by providing comprehensive, patient-centered healthcare with the distinctive osteopathic philosophy. This is accomplished through excellence in curriculum, translational research, service, osteopathic clinical practice and the enhancement of osteopathic graduate medical education."

Each year, between two campuses, the College of Ostepathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest receives approximately 10,000 applications. Roughly 1000 student are interested for around 300 available spots in the DO program. The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest is focussed on a diverse student population and one which includes underrepresented students. Successful candidates possess the following attributes:

  • Academically prepared to succeed
  • Well-rounded with diverse experiences
  • Interest and involvement in the community
  • Commitment to compassionate health care
  • Good understanding of the profession and WesternU
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Location: Lebanon, OR

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