Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
LECOM logo shield.png
Motto Totam Personam Curamus
Motto in English
We Care for the Whole Person
Type Private, non-profit
Established 1992
Budget $31.95 million[1]
President John M. Ferretti, D.O.
Academic staff
139 full-time[2]
80 part-time
Students 4103[3]
Location Erie, PA
Bradenton, FL
Greensburg, PA
Campus Suburban

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) is a private, non-profit graduate school of medicine, dentistry and pharmacy with a main campus located on 53 acres in Erie, Pennsylvania, and branch campuses located in Greensburg, Pennsylvania and Bradenton, Florida. Founded in 1992, LECOM confers degrees in osteopathic medicine (D.O.), pharmacy (PharmD), and dentistry (DMD), as well as master's degrees in Health Services Administration, Biomedical Sciences, and Medical Education. LECOM operates one of the few accelerated three-year pharmacy programs in the country, and is one of 2 pharmacy schools in the country with a distance education program.[4]

With over 2,200 enrolled medical students, the medical school at LECOM is the largest in the United States.[3][5][6][7][8][9]

LECOM is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.


Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine was founded in 1992.[10] The first courses began in 1993, and the inaugural class of students graduated in 1997. In 2002, the school of pharmacy opened.

In 2004, LECOM opened a branch campus in Bradenton, Florida,[11] and in 2009 opened a new satellite campus in Greensburg, Pennsylvania at the site of Seton Hill University.[12] In 2007, Lake Erie COM was the first US medical school to re-introduce a three-year medical school program, after the other 3 year programs in nation had closed.[13] In 2012, the Bradenton campus opened a new dental school. Currently, LECOM is in the process of receiving accreditation for a new campus in Elmira, New York.[14]

The medical school at LECOM is the largest in the United States.[5][6][7] LECOM is a member of the LECOM Health system.[15]


Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine[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,[16] 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 Problem-Based Learning Pathway (PBL) emphasizes student-centered self-directed learning through small group interaction, with limited faculty involvement. The PBL pathway is the sole pathway offered at the Bradenton and Greensberg campuses. The Lecture Discussion Pathway (LDP) is a traditional curriculum where subjects are taught in a lecture format. Basic science courses include gross anatomy, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and physiology. Clinical sciences are taught in a systems-based format. The Directed Study Pathway (DSP) is a unique program, which begins with significant daily classroom time in the first semester, which then transitions into specific "directed study" modules for the duration of the first two years of medical school.

The Erie campus offers two accelerated pathways to primary care: the Primary Care Scholars Pathway (PCSP) and the Accelerated Physician Assistant Pathway. The Primary Care Scholars program condenses four years of medical education into three years in order to graduate primary care physicians more quickly, and is intended for students interested in family medicine. The Accelerated Physician Assistant Pathway is a fast-tracked, three-year medical school curriculum, which is designed for applicants that have already completed a physician assistant program. Applicants to this program 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.[4]

Doctor of Dental Medicine[edit]

The School of Dental Medicine opened in mid July 2012 to its inaugural class of 100 dental students.[17] 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.[18]

Graduate Studies[edit]

LECOM offers four master's 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.

The Master of Medical Science (MMS) program is a one-year, non-thesis program introduced in 2016 that is designed to academically, scientifically, and professionally prepare students who are interested in careers in medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy. This graduate program is offered exclusively at the LECOM Bradenton campus located in Bradenton, Florida.


The main campus is located on 53 acres in Erie, Pennsylvania, and overlooks Lake Erie.[19]

The John M. and Silvia Ferretti LECOM Health and Wellness Center is a 82,000 square foot building, which houses a fitness center and clinical offices for Medical Associates of Erie. The center is open to the community, and offers exercise equipment, swimming pools, basketball & racketball courts, exercise classes and health screening services.[20]

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.[21] The BayHawks work out and practice at the LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center.[22][23]

LECOM also had a similar partnership with the Erie Explosion indoor American football team; LECOM's revocation of that agreement after the 2015 season (caused by a high rate of injury) was a key factor in the Explosion not playing their 2016 season.[24]

In February 2017, LECOM purchased the naming rights to LECOM Park (formerly called McKechnie Field), the spring training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates and their Single-A affiliate, the Bradenton Marauders. The deal will span a period of fifteen years.[25]


Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.[26] The school of pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education[27] The dental school holds initial accreditation with the American Dental Association[28] The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (DO program) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation[29]


LECOM currently has 7,904 total alumni, from all programs.[30]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fiscal Year 2013 Revenues and Expenditures by Osteopathic Medical College" (PDF). AACOM. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine". College Navigator. Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Quick Facts". Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b St. Martin, Tiffany (2008-07-31). "LECOM now the largest medical school in nation". Lakewood Ranch Herald. Retrieved 2008-08-01. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b "Enrollment booming with new, returning students". Bradenton Herald. April 8, 2011. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Nation's largest medical school to open new $4M location at Seton Hill University". 2008-06-25. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  7. ^ a b Bruce, David (2008-08-17). "How LECOM grew so quickly (AUDIO) | Times-News". Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  8. ^ "Preliminary Enrollment Report Fall 2015" (PDF). Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "Biggest Medical Schools". Kansas City Star. 
  10. ^ "Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine" (PDF). AACOM. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton Campus" (PDF). AACOM. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Bruce, David (2008-04-29). "LECOM to open campus in Greensburg". Erie Times-News. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  13. ^ Raymond, Rose (Sep 4, 2015). "The fast track: Pros & cons of finishing medical school in 3 years". American Osteopathic Association. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  14. ^ "Schumer: Elmira med school's accreditation hurdles unfair". Star Gazette. April 14, 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018. 
  15. ^ "Welcome to Wellness". LECOM Health. LECOM. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  16. ^ "Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine". The Princeton Review. Retrieved 2007-12-15. 
  17. ^ "LECOM School of Dental Medicine Opens in Bradenton". South Florida Hospital News. August 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  18. ^ "LECOM dental students arrive in erie". Erie Times News. May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  19. ^ "LECOM History". Lake Erie College Of Osteopathic Medicine. 
  20. ^ "About Us - LECOM Wellness". Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. 
  21. ^ "Erie BayHawks Announce Partnership With LECOM". Archived from the original on November 25, 2011. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  22. ^ "BayHawks sign 5-year extension with LECOM". Erie Times-News. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  23. ^ "LECOM becomes official medical provider..." Otters Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  24. ^ Adams, Lisa (January 18, 2016). "Erie Explosion Suspends Operations for 2016". WICU-TV. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 
  25. ^ Pirates and LECOM announce Bradenton ballpark naming-rights agreement
  26. ^ "Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine [Accredited]". Middle States Commission on Higher Education. 
  27. ^ "Detailed PharmD Accreditation History". Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 19 Sep 2015. 
  28. ^ "Accreditation Actions Winter 2015". American Dental Association. Retrieved 19 Sep 2015. 
  29. ^ "Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine" (PDF). American Osteopathic Association. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-09-13. 
  30. ^ "Quick Facts". LECOM. 

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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