LAKE ERIE COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE (LECOM)
Overview:The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) is one of the nation’s largest medical centers. It is the only medical center in the osteopathic profession. In 1992, the Administrators and Physicians of the Millcreek Community Hospital observed the emerging need and demand of physicians, so they decided to open LECOM. The College and the Hospital are a great example of the advancement in the medical education system, and it is dedicated to adding the quality of life in healthcare for the community. LAKE ERIE COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE (LECOM) brought a new concept to the world of healthcare and wellness in Erie, built a framework of physician’s offices and a senior-level center is being constructed to introduce a new model of healthcare for older adults. The College offers reasonable and innovative education in pharmacy, osteopathic medical, and dental medicine. LECOM has campuses in Greensburg and Erie, Fla, Pa. and Bradenton. LECOM provides student-centered pathways to its students to prepare future healthcare professionals in the best ways possible.
Choice of Campuses in Pennsylvania and Florida:The main campus of LECOM is in Erie, PA. In addition to this, it is also located in Seton Hill, in Greensburg, PA, and Bradenton campus located in Bradenton, Florida. In today’s world, there is a huge emerging demand for doctors, physicians, and dentists and LECOM’s mission is to develop next-generation healthcare professionals trained in the osteopathic tradition of competent and compassionate, whole-person primary care.
The History of LAKE ERIE COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE:The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) was established in 1988 in Erie, Pennsylvania. Siblings John and Sylvia Ferretti, both of them were doctors of Osteopathic medicine and they observed an emerging need for physicians in the Erie, Buffalo, and Cleveland region. LECOM has been in the healthcare business for 25 years that has produced more than 10,000 graduates and expanded over 3 campuses and is now strived to open a new campus in Elmira. The whole purpose of the expansion is the same over the years; equip the community with more and more physicians in Osteopathic Medicine. The plan of expanding LECOM to Elmira was not an easy task, the College faced several bottlenecks. The expansion plan was rejected by the National Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation twice. The ground is expected to break in November of 2018. The 48,000 square foot building will sit one block away from Elmira College’s campus, right on the corner of Park Place and 4th street. It will be home to nearly 500 students and over 50 staff. The first class is expected to begin in July of 2020.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Discipline Knowledge: Students graduating from LECOM will be able to demonstrate a complete understanding of the discipline that they’re graduating in.
- Professionalism: Students graduating from LECOM will be able to demonstrate a commitment to excellence and ongoing professional development.
- Osteopathic Philosophy: Students will possess a dedication to continual enhancement of their respective disciplines.
Educational Goals of LECOM:
- The primary objective of LECOM is to develop students as physicians who will practice within the osteopathic field.
- To enable students to pursue advanced training in the healthcare field within osteopathic medicine.
- To encourage students to participate in innovative research to further advance in his/her chosen discipline.
Quick Facts about LAKE ERIE COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE:
- LECOM is the nation’s largest medical center with its campuses in Erie, Bradenton, and Greensburg.
- LECOM receives the most applications every year out of all the colleges in the country.
- It is a private college, but still, it provides a high-quality education at the most affordable rates.
- Most of the LECOM graduates become Primary Care Physicians.
- LECOM was ranked in the top 5 medical colleges for graduating primary care physicians by the U.S. News & World Report.
College of Osteopathic Medicine:The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) takes a total-person approach to health care encompassing the mind, body, and spirit of the patient as the osteopathic physician becomes a partner with the patient on a pathway to health and well-being.
Admission Requirements for College of Osteopathic Medicine:Applicants must meet the following minimum admissions requirements:
- Applicants must complete a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university by the time of enrollment. Applicants participating in special affiliated programs with LECOM and other exceptions to this policy will be considered on an individual basis.
- Applicants must have a minimum of 2.7 science grade point average. Successful candidates typically have both science and overall grade point averages of 3.2 or above.
- Biology: A minimum of eight semester hours, including two semester hours of laboratory work. These eight hours may consist of general biology or zoology, or a combination of biology, zoology, and botany.
- Inorganic Chemistry: A minimum of eight semester hours, including two semester hours of laboratory work.
- Organic Chemistry: A minimum of eight semester hours, including two semester hours of laboratory work (Biochemistry may be substituted for Organic Chemistry II).
- Physics: A minimum of four semester hours, including one hour of laboratory work.
- English: A minimum of six semester hours of composition and literature.
- Behavioral Sciences: A minimum of six semester hours of courses in the behavioral sciences; i.e., psychology, sociology, anthropology, medical ethics, or philosophy.
- Applicants need to earn a “C” or better in all pre-requisite courses. Applicants must repeat prerequisite courses in which the grade earned is a C- or lower.
College of Medicine:
Master of Science in Medical Education:LECOM offers two programs to earn a Master of Science in Medical Education Degree. Choose either the two-year or an accelerated one-year program.
Admission Requirements:Admissions requirements for the MS Med Ed programs:
- Applicants will have completed a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
- One letter of recommendation from a professional person associated (e.g. Clinical Associate Dean) with their educational program, institution, or employer who can attest to their commitment and ability to succeed in the program.
- Official transcripts or a copy of a professional license
- Current CV.
Accelerated Physician Assistant Pathway:The Accelerated Physician Assistant Pathway (APAP) is a fast-tracked, three-year medical school curriculum leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree. Physician Assistants (PA) undergo rigorous didactic medically oriented curriculum, as well as at least one year of clinical rotations to obtain the entry-level master’s degree for the profession.
Application Requirements:Applicants to the program must:
- Be a Certified Physician Assistant.
- Must have a minimal GPA of 2.7.
- Must have completed at least one physics course with lab (4 credits) and one organic chemistry course with lab (4 credits).
- Be US citizens or have permanent residency.
- Must have obtained a minimum of 23 on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) taken January 2015 or prior, or scored in the 40th percentile or higher on the MCAT taken after January 2015.
Doctoral Program In Anatomy Education:LECOM offers a 3-year DAE Program to meet the need for qualified educators to teach anatomical sciences at the undergraduate or doctoral level.
- Applicants to the program will have an attained a degree from an accredited college or university typically in the Biological Sciences or Anthropology, or have completed a Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences or Anatomy. Applicants should demonstrate a strong desire to teach anatomy at the undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral school level and participate in educational research. Applicants will have a minimal GRE score of 300.
- The DAE Program will enroll up to two students per year/class.
- The tuition fee will be $6,275.
Doctoral Program In Medical Microbiology Education:The Doctoral Program in Medical Microbiology Education (DME) is designed to prepare students to become teaching faculty at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
- Applicants to the program will have attained a degree from an accredited college or university typically in the Biological Sciences, or have completed a Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences or Microbiology. Applicants should demonstrate a strong desire to teach Medical Microbiology at the undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral school level and participate in educational research. Applicants will be required to have a minimal GRE score of 300.
- The DME program will enroll up to two students per year/class.
- The tuition fee will be $6,150.
Post Baccalaureate Program:
Pharmacy Post Baccalaureate Program and Pre-PharmD Enrichment Program:LECOM offers educational programs intended to increase opportunities and options in science for college graduates who are interested in the School of Pharmacy. The Pharmacy Health Sciences Post Baccalaureate Program and the Pre-PharmD Enrichment Program (PEP) offers a rigorous curriculum centered on the basic medical sciences to prepare students for the pharmacy program.
- Applicants to the LECOM Pharmacy Post Baccalaureate program must complete an application. Candidates must include a personal essay describing future career goals and reasons for applying to this program.
- The deadline for applications is August 1, for classes that begin in September of the current year.
- The Office of Admissions will process your inquiry, and within a few days of submitting the form, you will be provided with a username and password to log in and fill out the Pharmacy Post Baccalaureate application. Submission of the application requires a $50 non-refundable application fee payable by credit card.
Master Degree Programs:The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) degree program is available only to current first-year medical students at the Erie Campus concurrent with the DO curriculum. The MSBS program is centered on original research and aims to develop students into physician-researchers. The Master of Medical Sciences (MMS) degree program is offered at the LECOM Bradenton and LECOM Erie campus. This program is a one-year, non-thesis program that increases the opportunities for select students to get accepted into medical or dental schools. Following are the Master Degree Programs offered at LECOM:
- Master of Science in Biomedical Science
- Master of Medical Science
- Master of Science in Medical Education
School of Dental Medicine:The dental school leadership team has created a unique curriculum that is both innovative and patient-centered. Students follow a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) curriculum that emphasizes self-directed study with a team approach through mentored, small-group, case-based study; LECOM recognizes that dentists have become integral team players in improving the health of their patients. The role they play in preventive medicine complements the osteopathic principles of total healthcare as taught by the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the School of Pharmacy.
School of Pharmacy:The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) recognized the growing national need for pharmacists and opened the School of Pharmacy in 2002. LECOM believes that new trends in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum have complementary goals to the total-person, patient-centered care fostered by osteopathic medicine. The LECOM School of Pharmacy has structured its classroom and experiential curriculum to prepare future pharmacists to provide patient care that ensures optimal therapeutic outcomes.
Tuition and Financial Aid:The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine offers one of the lowest tuitions for private medical colleges in the country. LECOM maintains the highest quality of educational standards for academic programs while maintaining affordable tuition. LECOM’s financial aid staff work with LECOM students to help them make the right decisions for meeting the cost of education.
Eligibility Criteria for Financial Aid:Financial aid awards from federal programs are made per federal regulations governing the programs. Generally, to be eligible for financial aid you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Be registered with selective service (if required).
- Be working toward a degree or certificate.
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
- Not owe a refund on a Federal or State grant or be in default on a federal educational loan.
Early Acceptance Program:
- Must have at least two years remaining as a full-time student at the undergraduate institution;
- Must not hold a bachelor’s degree or higher;
- Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (international students may apply to Pharmacy);
- LECOM has developed special Early Acceptance Programs with select community colleges, undergraduate colleges, and universities that grant qualified students provisional early acceptance to LECOM’s School of Pharmacy, School of Dental Medicine or College of Osteopathic Medicine.
- Application to the EAP is separate from the application to the undergraduate school. A student may apply for EAP consideration as a high school senior. While current undergraduate students may apply, they should contact the pre-health advisor at their school to see if they qualify. Students apply to enroll in the EAP by following the link “Affiliated Undergraduate College Inquiry” found on the ‘myLECOM’ Portal. Some undergraduate schools may require a separate application for their phase of the EAP program; please check with the institution.
- LECOM will review the application. If the student meets the requirements, LECOM will offer the student a list of EAP interview dates to self-schedule an interview. Following a successful interview, LECOM will notify the student that they qualify for a provisional letter of acceptance from LECOM and they will be enrolled for participation in the EAP upon approval by the affiliated institution of their choice and submission of their school email address to LECOM. The student and the affiliated school will then be sent the provisional letter of acceptance.
- Additional requirements, including a final application to LECOM, must be met for final acceptance to LECOM, but another interview is not required. The specific criteria for acceptance into the programs will vary from school to school, but the general requirements are listed below:
- SAT Score (Math and Verbal Reasoning) greater than or equal to 1170 on a single exam taken before 3/1/16, an SAT score of 1240 or higher on a single exam taken after 3/1/16, or an ACT Composite score greater than or equal to 26 on a single exam; and
- A high school GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Students already attending the affiliate institution must have a cumulative overall GPA of 3.4 or higher and a science GPA of 3.2 or higher.
- LECOM Health
- Millcreek Community Hospital
- Medical Associates of Erie
- LECOM Senior Living
- LECOM Wellness Center
- LECOM Dental Offices
Location & Contact Information:
- LECOM Erie Campus: 1858 West Grandview Boulevard Erie, PA 16509-1025. Main No. (814) 866-6641
- LECOM Bradenton Campus: 5000 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard Bradenton FL 34211-4909. Main No. (941) 756-0690
- LECOM at Seton Hill: 20 Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. Main No. (724) 552-2880
- LECOM Elmira Campus: 250 West Clinton Street Elmira, NY 14901. Main No. (607) 795-8158
Facilities provided at LECOM:
The convenience of easy access and free parking:Millcreek Community Hospital, bring on a convenient location provides students easy access to the Millcreek Mall, 5 minutes walk to I-90, I-79, and many more restaurants and hotels. Free parking services are provided by the hospital so that coming to Millcreek Community Hospital is easy.
LECOM Medical Fitness & Wellness Center:LECOM believes that having a peaceful mind is as valuable as having a healthy body. In keeping with the Osteopathic Philosophy of nurturing the mind and body, LECOM advance towards health and fitness from an integrated medical perspective. From everyday health and fitness to rehabilitation and sports performance training, College offers everything. Some of the services include:
- FREE Fitness Assessment with a certified fitness specialist
- Equipment orientation
- Comprehensive exercise facilities and exercise classes
- Personal training and specialty programs
- Nationally certified personal trainers and fitness specialists
- Certified Medical Fitness Facility
The Healthy Living Café:This café has every possible solution for you even if you’re looking to grab a quick meal or even perhaps recovering after a workout. This café provides a lot of healthy options and uses all-natural ingredients to serve fresh food to the students.
- Timings: Monday-Friday: 7:00 am-5:00 pm