Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

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This article is about the graduate health science school. For the private liberal arts college in Painesville, Ohio, see Lake Erie College.
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
LECOM logo shield.png
Motto Totam Personam Curamus
Motto in English
We Care for the Whole Person
Established 1992
Type Private, non-profit
President John M. Ferretti, D.O.
Academic staff
103 full-time[1]
41 part-time
Students 3,029[1]
Location Erie, PA
Bradenton, FL
Greensburg, PA
Campus Suburban

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (or LECOM) is a private, non-profit graduate school of medicine, dentistry and pharmacy in the United States. Founded in 1992 in Erie, Pennsylvania. The main campus for LECOM is located in Erie, Pennsylvania, with two branch campuses in Greensburg, Pennsylvania and Bradenton, Florida. LECOM confers degrees in osteopathic medicine (D.O.), pharmacy (PharmD), and dentistry (DMD). LECOM also offers two Master of Science degrees and a Post-Baccalaureate Program. LECOM offers one of the few accelerated three-year pharmacy programs in the country.[2]

The medical school at LECOM is the largest in the United States.[3][4][5] LECOM is currently ranked 51st in primary care by the U.S World and News Report.[6] LECOM is a member of the LECOM Health system.[7]


Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine was founded in 1992 by Joseph J. Namey.[8] In 2004, LECOM opened a branch campus in Bradenton, Florida,[9] and in 2009 opened a new satellite campus in Greensburg, Pennsylvania at the site of Seton Hill University.[10]


Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program[edit]

The medical school offers three primary learning pathways: a traditional lecture discussion Program, a problem-based learning program, and a directed study program, as well as two, three-year programs,[11] all leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. The Erie campus offers all three primary pathways, while the Bradenton and Greensburg campuses offer curriculum based solely on problem-based learning. The Erie campus also offers two accelerated pathways to primary care: the Primary Care Scholars Pathway (PCSP), which condenses four years of medical education into three years in order to graduate primary care physicians more quickly, and the accelerated physician assistant pathway, which provides certified physician assistants the opportunity to earn a D.O. degree in three years.

  1. The Lecture Discussion Pathway (LDP) is based on lecture presentations and laboratories. Basic science courses include gross anatomy, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and physiology. A systems based approach is used for the clinical sciences.
  2. The Problem-Based Learning Pathway (PBL) emphasizes student-centered self-directed learning through small group interaction and limited faculty involvement. It is the only pathway offered at the Bradenton campus.
  3. The Directed Study Pathway (DSP), originally the Independent Study Pathway (ISP), is a unique program for medical education. It is initiated with significant daily classroom time in the first semester and then allows adult learners, who are capable of learning with minimal classroom time, to gradually decrease their lecture attendance and utilize specific "directed study" modules to finish their first two years of medical school.
  4. The Primary Care Scholars Pathway (PCSP) was introduced to encourage interest in primary care, particularly family medicine. LECOM Primary Care Scholars graduate in three years from the Erie campus with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree that is equivalent to a four-year academic program.
  5. The Accelerated Physician Assistant Pathway (APAP) is a fast-tracked, three-year medical school curriculum leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. This track is designed for applicants that have already completed a physician assistant program. APAP students interested in pursuing a primary care specialty, such as family practice and general internal medicine, must make a commitment to completing an osteopathic internship and residency upon graduation.

Doctor of Pharmacy[edit]

The School of Pharmacy offers three pathways for the Doctor of Pharmacy program. One is a year-round, three-year curriculum based on the Erie campus, another is a four-year traditional curriculum offered at the Bradenton campus. In 2014, the School of Pharmacy added a four-year distance education pathway for students across the United States. LECOM and Creighton University offer the only two distance education pathways for the primary PharmD degree in the nation.

Doctor of Dental Medicine[edit]

The School of Dental Medicine opened in mid July 2012 to its inaugural class of 100 dental students.[12] The School of Dental Medicine (SDM) prepares students for the practice of general dentistry. First-year dental students participate in problem-based learning as they prepare for clinical training. The SDM operates full-service dental practice offices in Bradenton where third-year students treat patients under the supervision of licensed dentists. In May 2015, the School opened outreach training sites in Erie, PA and DeFuniak Springs, FL. Fourth-year dental students complete their clinical training at these offices.[13]

Graduate Studies[edit]

LECOM offers three Master Degree programs. In January 2014, the College began the Master in Health Services Administration (MHSA) program. The LECOM MHSA Program provides students with the knowledge and skills required to plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services while working as administrators in hospital or other healthcare facilities, public health care organizations, and private practice groups. The knowledge gained from the MHSA is essential for fiscal, planning and managerial work in healthcare organizations and the establishment and management of clinical practices

The Master of Science in Medical Education program is designed for healthcare professionals interested in teaching. A distance option is available with online coursework.

The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences is a two-year program for students interested in careers in medicine, pharmacy and other health and science related professions. The biomedical sciences program is a graduate-level program intended for post baccalaureate students who wish to enhance their understanding of the biomedical sciences and improve their overall profile to gain admission to medical school, pharmacy school, a biomedical Ph.D. program or enter the biomedical science workplace (e.g. the pharmaceutical industry).

The Health Sciences Post-Baccalaureate Program is a two-semester post baccalaureate certificate program designed to enhance the basic science credentials of students interested in pharmacy or medical school. All coursework is conducted on the LECOM campus by the medical and pharmacy school facilities.

Health and Wellness Center[edit]

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic completed a project that will integrate health care services and fitness programs. The John M. and Silvia Ferretti LECOM Health and Wellness Center houses a premier fitness center as well as clinical offices for Medical Associates of Erie. The center serves as a center for the Erie community allowing them to work towards disease prevention and treatment.[citation needed]

The spa-quality fitness center occupies the first two floors of a three-story building. Components include three swimming pools, aerobic and yoga fitness rooms, basketball and racquetball courts, a three-lane indoor running track and a physical therapy facility. The third floor houses offices for the Medical Associates of Erie, providing Internal Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Geriatrics, Orthopedic Surgery and Obstretrics-Gynecology care.

Professional sports partnerships[edit]

LECOM officially partnered with the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League in 2008 and the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League in 2012. As part of those respective deals, LECOM provides medical coverage to both teams. Additionally, the LECOM's name is featured on the BayHawks' jerseys and court design at Erie Insurance Arena.[14] The BayHawks work out and practice at the LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center.[15][16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine". College Navigator. Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  2. ^ St. Martin, Tiffany (2008-07-31). "LECOM now the largest medical school in nation". Lakewood Ranch Herald. Retrieved 2008-08-01. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Enrollment booming with new, returning students". Bradenton Herald. April 8, 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Wednesday, June 25, 2008 (2008-06-25). "Nation’s largest medical school to open new $4M location at Seton Hill University". Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  5. ^ Bruce, David (2008-08-17). "How LECOM grew so quickly (AUDIO) | Times-News". Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  6. ^ "Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine". US News & World Report. 
  7. ^ "Welcome to Wellness". LECOM Health. LECOM. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine" (PDF). AACOM. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton Campus" (PDF). AACOM. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Bruce, David (2008-04-29). "LECOM to open campus in Greensburg". Erie Times-News. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  11. ^ "Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine". The Princeton Review. Retrieved 2007-12-15. 
  12. ^ "LECOM School of Dental Medicine Opens in Bradenton". South Florida Hospital News. August 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "LECOM dental students arrive in erie". Erie Times News. May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "Erie BayHawks Announce Partnership With LECOM". Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  15. ^ "BayHawks sign 5-year extension with LECOM". Erie Times-News. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  16. ^ "LECOM becomes official medical provider...". Otters Retrieved October 6, 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

Raymond, Richard; Madden, Michael; Ferretti, Silvia; Ferretti, John; Ortoski, Richard (April 2014). "Preliminary Outcomes of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine's 3-Year Primary Care Scholar Pathway in Osteopathic Predoctoral Education". The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association 114 (04): 238–241. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2014.048. 

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