While there aren’t many medical schools in Oregon, the options are well-respected and fairly competitive. This is due to a number of factors that we’ll explore in the list below.
If you’re interested in attending an Oregon medical school then this resource will come in handy. In it you’ll learn about each school, the scores and grades they expect, and what they have to offer.
Oregon Health & Science University
- Location: Portland, OR
- GPA: 3.74
- MCAT: 512
- Tuition: $44,984 In-state, $67,244 Out-of-state
- Public/Private: Public
Ranked second in the nation in family medicine education by U.S. News & World Report, the Oregon Health & Science University, or OHSU, School of Medicine is the state’s only institution that offers an M.D. degree program. U.S. News also ranked the school’s rural medicine education fourth, its physician assistant program fifth, its primary care education program sixth and its research program 29th nationally.
Located on the university’s main campus on Marquam Hill in Salem’s Homestead Neighborhood, the school sits near both the OHSU Hospital, a general hospital and Level 1 trauma center and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, which specializes in pediatric medicine and long-term care.
The longest suspended pedestrian sky bridge on the continent connects OHSU Hospital to the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, an institution managed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
In addition to the M.D. program, this Oregon medical school offers Ph.D., Master’s, M.D./M.P.H., M.D./Ph.D. and P.A. programs, as well as a B.S. in Radiation Therapy program. You can expect a highly competitive process when applying for admission to the school, which annually matriculates only about 150 students out of 6,700 applicants for the M.D. degree program.
The YOUR M.D. curriculum includes focusing on both the scientific basis of medicine and early clinical experience, as well as responsibilities in patient care and the pursuit of individualized programs.
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Northwest
- Location: Lebanon, OR
- GPA: 3.46
- MCAT: 506
- Tuition: $56,000 In-state, $56,000 Out-of-state
- Public/Private: Private
Located in a two-story, 54,000-square-foot building on a 50-acre campus, the private, nonprofit College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Northwest is a branch of Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. A partner of Samaritan Health Services, this medical school in Oregon offers the D.O. degree program.
Focusing on the whole person, the four-year lecture, case-based, small group discussion and directed independent learning curriculum includes an intensive study of the basic sciences, an emphasis on the human body’s 10 major organ systems and a hands-on approach known as osteopathic manipulative medicine with patients both in clinical skills and rotations in several medical specialties.
Your first two years toward your degree are the Pre-Clerkship Phase. During the first semester, you’ll learn the foundations of basic science and important osteopathic principles. You’ll then study the body’s organ systems and the application of basic science in actual clinical practice.
Your final two years (the Clerkship Phase) will consist of 20 rotations in both major medical disciplines and your choice of electives. Throughout your educational journey, you’ll both send and receive lectures to and from the university’s home campus in Pomona, California.
It’s Time To Get To Work
You now have a good idea of what the medical schools in Oregon expect and have to offer. If you’re interested in taking the next step and applying to any of them, we can help.
Over the years we’ve helped hundreds of students get into medical schools in Oregon and other states across the country. This is a process we’re quite familiar with and can help applicants navigate the uncertain waters.
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