Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
MottoTotam Personam Curamus
Motto in EnglishWe Care for the Whole Person
Established1992
TypePrivate, non-profit
PresidentJohn M. Ferretti, D.O.
Students3029
LocationErie, PA
Bradenton, FL
Greensburg, PA
, USA
CampusSuburban
Websitewww.lecom.edu
 
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Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
MottoTotam Personam Curamus
Motto in EnglishWe Care for the Whole Person
Established1992
TypePrivate, non-profit
PresidentJohn M. Ferretti, D.O.
Students3029
LocationErie, PA
Bradenton, FL
Greensburg, PA
, USA
CampusSuburban
Websitewww.lecom.edu

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (or LECOM) is a private, graduate school of medicine and pharmacy and is currently the largest medical college in the country.[1][2] Founded in 1992 in Erie, Pennsylvania, LECOM is a member of the Millcreek Health System in partnership with Millcreek Geriatric Education and Care Center, and physician offices of Medical Associates of Erie. In 2004 LECOM opened a branch campus in Bradenton, Florida, and in 2009 opened a new satellite campus in Greensburg at the site of Seton Hill University.[3]

LECOM grants the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), and the Doctor of Dental Medicine degrees. The College also grants two Master of Science degrees and also maintains a Post Baccalaureate Program, providing educational opportunities for students who need to enhance their basic science credentials for admission to medical or pharmacy school.

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History

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine was founded in 1992.[4] In 2004, a new campus opened in Bradenton, Florida.[5]

General information

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine is located in Erie, Pennsylvania and operates branch campuses in Greensburg, Pennsylvania and Bradenton, Florida. The college is the nation's largest medical college and is one of the few accelerated three-year pharmacy schools in the country.[6] LECOM is currently ranked 52nd in Primary Care in the U.S World and News medical school ranking.[7]

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,[8] 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 branch also offers the 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.

Academics

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program

As of 2010, LECOM-Bradenton has been ranked #1 in both COMLEX Level 1 and COMLEX Level 2 for 3 years in a row, with a 100% passing rate and beating the national mean.[citation needed] LECOM-Erie also beat the national mean with a passing rate of 96 percent.[citation needed]

The Lecture Discussion Pathway (LDP) is based on lecture presentations and laboratories. Students spend the morning in lecture sessions and the afternoon in a combination of lectures, laboratories, tutorials, small group discussions and independent study. There are two phases of LDP. Phase I Core Curriculum is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of Gross Anatomy, Biochemistry, Immunology, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology and Physiology. Phase II Curriculum uses a systems based approach to medical education. Lecturers will present instructional materials that go beyond the basic principles mastered during Phase I. Primary care physicians and specialist offer clinical perspectives based on their own experience with patient care as it relates to that particular system.

The Problem-Based Learning Pathway (PBL) is an internationally recognized approach to medical education.[citation needed] 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.

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.

The Primary Care Scholars Pathway (PCSP) was introduced by LECOM as a response to the declining interest in primary care, and particularly family medicine. LECOM Primary Care Scholars will graduate in three years from the Erie, Pennsylvania with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree that is equivalent to a four-year academic program.

The Accelerated Physician Assistant Pathway (APAP), is a fast-tracked, three-year medical school curriculum leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. 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

The LECOM Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program at the LECOM School of Pharmacy offers pathway choices: a year-round, three-year curriculum in Erie and a four-year curriculum in Bradenton.

Doctor of Dental Medicine

The LECOM School of Dental Medicine is scheduled to open in Bradenton, Florida, on July 13, 2012 for registration, orientation and the start of classes. The School of Dental Medicine specifically prepares students for the practice of general dentistry. First-year dental students will participate in Problem-Based Learning groups that include medical students for an innovative, inter-professional experience.

Graduate Studies

The Master of Science in Medical Education courses impart the knowledge, skills and attitudes incumbent in effective teaching, administration, and leadership to students who desire advanced training in medical education. The MS in Medical Education program is open to D.O.s, Pharm.D.s and M.D.s.

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

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.

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.

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References

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  2. ^ Bruce, David (2008-08-17). "How LECOM grew so quickly (AUDIO) | GoErie.com/Erie Times-News". Goerie.com. http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008808170389. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  3. ^ Bruce, David (2008-04-29). "LECOM to open campus in Greensburg". Erie Times-News. http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080429/NEWS02/662593199/-1/RSS. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
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  5. ^ "Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton Campus". AACOM. http://www.aacom.org/resources/bookstore/cib/Documents/2013cib/2013cib-LECOM-Bradenton.pdf. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  6. ^ St. Martin, Tiffany (2008-07-31). "LECOM now the largest medical school in nation". Lakewood Ranch Herald. http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/lakewood_ranch_herald/story/774688.html. Retrieved 2008-08-01. [dead link]
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