Assistant/Associate Professor, Department of NMM/OMM
- Open Rank Faculty (Assistant/Associate/Professor) Department of NMM/OMM
- Leadership, Neuroscience, Clinical Research, Osteopathic Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Medicine (NMM/OMM), Preventive Medicine, Population Health , DO - Doctor of Osteopathy, Primary Care, Medical School Teaching & Curriculum Development
- Lebanon, Oregon
Open Rank Faculty (Assistant/Associate Professor) Department of NMM/OMM - WesternU COMP
The role of the faculty in the Department of NMM/OMM is to train students according to the COMP Mission Statement. This is accomplished through excellence in curriculum, translational research, service and osteopathic clinical practice. The faculty member is expected to mentor and be a role model for students.
- Doctor of Osteopathy degree.
- Evidence of expertise in the application of osteopathic principles and philosophy and OMT in clinical practice.
- Experience of 2-3 years in Family Medicine or other specialty
- Licensure: Unrestricted State Medical License & Unrestricted Drug Enforcement Agency certificate
The mission of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) is to prepare students to become technically competent, culturally sensitive, professional and compassionate physicians who are lifelong learners and will serve society by providing comprehensive, patient-centered healthcare with the distinctive osteopathic philosophy.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Individuals must possess these knowledge, skills and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
- Able and willing to practice NMM/OMM as an adjunct to primary care medicine.
- Ability to communicate effectively with others, in person, in writing, and via other electronic means, such as telephone, email, and the Internet.
- Ability to interact effectively with administration, faculty, staff and students.
- Must possess strong organizational, management and administrative abilities.
- Have demonstrated proficiency in the field of Osteopathic Principles and Practice
- Board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, or other specialty board.
- Preference may be given to individuals possessing residency training in NMM/OMM and/or ONMM
- Bilingual (English/Spanish)
Essential Job Duties
- 10% Develops an integrated approach to osteopathic medical education between the Department of NMM/OMM and Western University of Health Sciences' (WesternU) faculty, staff and administration.
- 10% Assists with integrating OPP into all aspects of the four-year academic curriculum at WesternU.
- 10% Participates in the first- and second-year didactic programs as a lecturer.
- 10% Participates as a facilitator in the third and fourth year clinical rotations programs as assigned.
- 10% Receives training as the OMSI discipline lead and curriculum with the eventual assumption of the OMSI discipline lead or co-discipline lead position.
- 5% Participates in professional organizations as assigned to represent Western U and the Department of NMM/OMM (e.g., AAO, AOA, Osteopathic Cranial Academy, etc.).
- 5% Provides service to the University and Community whenever possible.
- 5% Participates in community health projects as schedule by COMP, i.e. Community Driven Physicals, Health Screening, Health Fairs, etc.
- 20% Administers healthcare to the public, and to employees and students at WesternU, while instructing students in the clinic who are on their clinical rotations at the University's patient care clinics and utilizes NMM/OMM as an integral component of the care provided.
- 10% Responsible for maintaining intellectual integrity and striving for academic excellence in his/her teaching.
- 5% Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein. The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified. The University/College reserves the right to add or change duties at any time, such as, participation in community health projects.
Do the essential functions of this job require lifting? Yes
If yes, list maximum weight and duration
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by any employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, use hands, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms and stoop. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Duties are normally performed in a typical office or medical setting. The noise level in this setting is usually loud due to working in an open area.
Department of NMM/OMM
The mission of the Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Medicine (NMM/OMM) Department at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) & COMP-Northwest is threefold:
- To educate and train current and future healthcare professionals in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine,
- To research Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine,
- To promote Osteopathic patient care.
NMM/OMM Pre Doctoral Teaching Fellowship Program
The Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Pre Doctoral Teaching Fellowship Program is a twelve-month training program integrated within the student’s third and fourth clinical clerkship years. An additional year is added to the student’s osteopathic medical training to accommodate his/her clinical clerkship and fellowship obligations. The fellowship program affords students the opportunity to teach the science and art of osteopathic principles and practice (OPP). It also allows the interested student to practice and perfect his/her skills while working under supervision of experienced osteopathic physicians.
The goals of the fellowship program are to help develop future osteopathic physicians who:
- Have the ability to teach applications of osteopathic philosophy and principles in practice
- Have advanced skills in osteopathic diagnosis and manipulative treatment
- Contribute to advancing the discipline of neuromuscular medicine/osteopathic manipulative medicine through education, research and clinical practice
The NMM/OMM PDT Fellows are respected members of the teaching, research, and service team in COMP’s NMM/OMM Department. The position requires a strong commitment to the department faculty, peers, patients, and to the students who depend heavily upon the Fellows’ assistance and expertise.
Western University of Health Sciences
For 40 years, Western University of Health Sciences has had a special mission: Educating tomorrow’s health-care professionals with a combination of scientific excellence and a humanistic, compassionate approach to patient care. WesternU is one of the largest graduate schools for the health professions in California. Alumni rank among the top leaders in health care and medicine throughout the country and the world.
The University is home to more than 3,800 students in nine health sciences colleges and 20 degree programs, as well as more than 1,100 employees, and its main campus in Southern California is one of the most thriving enterprises in the Pomona and Inland valleys. WesternU Pomona, encompassing 22 acres, has helped transform downtown Pomona into a thriving mix of retail, commercial and educational enterprises.
The University also operates an osteopathic medical campus in the Pacific Northwest, in Lebanon, Oregon. This campus, known as COMP-Northwest, welcomed its inaugural class of 107 osteopathic medical students in July 2011, and has grown to more than 400.
All of the health care programs have professional accreditations, and the University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
WesternU - Colleges & Degrees
- College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (founding college)
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
- College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific – Northwest
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
- College of Health Sciences
- HS, PA, PT, OT
- Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
- Master of Science (MS) in Health Sciences
- Master of Science (MS) in Physician Assistant Studies
- Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
- College of Pharmacy
- Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
- Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences
- College of Graduate Nursing
- Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
- Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP)
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
- Master of Science Nursing Entry (MSN-E)
- Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate
- Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) Certificate
- College of Veterinary Medicine
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
- College of Dental Medicine
- Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
- College of Optometry
- Doctor of Optometry (OD)
- College of Podiatric Medicine
- Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM)
- Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences
- Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS)
- Master of Science in Medical Sciences (MSMS)
History of WesternU
Western University of Health Sciences embarked on a special mission when it opened its doors in 1977 as the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP): educating tomorrow’s health care professionals with a combination of scientific excellence and a humanistic, compassionate approach to patient care.
From an inaugural class of 36 students in 1978, enrollment in the College grew to more than 400 by 1986. That same year, the addition of the Master of Science in Health Professions Education program paved the way for what would become the College of Health Sciences. Meanwhile, the University continued acquiring former Pomona Mall buildings, remodeling them and converting them to educational use.
The campus kept growing over the next decade, with enrollment jumping dramatically in 1996, when the addition of a College of Pharmacy coincided with the campus’ name change to Western University of Health Sciences.
1998 was another landmark year for WesternU, as the College of Graduate Nursing was founded in March, and the College of Veterinary Medicine – the first veterinary college in Southern California, and still one of only two such colleges in the state – was established just five months later.
WesternU’s first foundation-up construction project, the Veterinary Clinical Center, opened its doors in August 2008. One year later, the University welcomed inaugural classes in three new colleges — Dental Medicine, Optometry, and Podiatric Medicine. In conjunction with that academic expansion, the University further expanded the physical campus, erecting a 180,000-square-foot Health Education Center, a Patient Care Center, and a 600-car parking garage. A ninth school, the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences, welcomed its inaugural class in January 2010.
The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), was established in 1977 as a direct and important response to a critical shortage of primary care physicians in the western United States. Philip Pumerantz, PhD, accepted the invitation of the college’s board of directors to become the founding president in September of 1977. In January 1978, COMP received pre-accreditation status from the American Osteopathic Association. Provisional accreditation status was achieved in July of 1978 and full accreditation in February 1982. In August of 1996, in order to better reflect its stature, COMP was restructured into a university with a new name: Western University of Health Sciences.
COMP-Northwest is the second medical school campus of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), which is the medical school of WesternU. COMP-NW operates from a 55,000-square-foot Medical Education and Research Building.
The University ventured north in 2011, opening a campus of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Lebanon, Oregon. COMP-Northwest has an enrollment of 400 medical students and a staff of 70. It graduated its first class of 100 osteopathic physicians in June 2015.
2016 also was an important milestone in WesternU history, as the University welcomed just the second permanent president in its history. Following the retirement of Founding President Philip Pumerantz, PhD, in September 2015, and a national search, the University’s Board of Trustees appointed Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD, as president in March 2016. Dr. Wilson, formerly Vice President for Health Affairs at the University of Florida Health Science Center and Dean of the College of Medicine-Jacksonville, officially took office in July 2016 and is to be formally inaugurated in August 2017.
Today, WesternU is home to more than 3,900 students in 21 programs, as well as 1,200 employees, and is one of the most thriving enterprises in the Pomona and Inland valleys of Southern California and the mid-Willamette Valley of Oregon.
WesternU Welcomes New President
Western University welcomed Dr. Farias-Eisner as the third permanent president in its nearly 45-year history on March 1, 2022. Dr. Farias-Eisner joins WesternU most recently from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where he was the Director of the Henry Lynch Comprehensive Cancer Research Center and Chief Academic Officer in the School of Medicine. He was also Associate Dean of Women’s Health and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the School of Medicine at Creighton.
“I am humbled and honored to be the next president of WesternU,” Dr. Farias-Eisner said. “WesternU’s mission of producing health care professionals in a humanistic tradition instantly drew me to the institution. Not only is WesternU guided by core values that deeply align with mine, but my entire career has been about advocating for equity, inclusion, respect, empathy and trust. I am excited to begin my journey with our campus community and engage with WesternU’s world-class students, faculty, and staff. And I am equally looking forward to connecting and building relationships with our communities in Lebanon, Pomona, and beyond.”
Lebanon, Oregon is centrally located between the coast and the mounts on State Highways 34 and 20. A friendly community nestled at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in the heart of the Willamette Valley. A unique mix of residential, commercial, industrial, and education environments provides an outstanding quality of life.