LECOM Holds 2007 Commencement
LECOM presents degrees to 325 graduates in Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, and Masters of Science Degrees.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) held commencement ceremonies for its largest medical and LECOM 2007 Commencementpharmacy classes. This year the Class of 2007 includes the first graduates of the Masters of Science in Medical Education program. On Sunday, June 10 at 2 p.m. at the Louis J. Tullio Arena in Erie, 207 medical students, 109 pharmacy students and 9 Masters of Science in Medical Education candidates received their degrees.

The physician-educators who are the first graduates of the two-year master of science program have gained the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to become more effective teachers, administrators and leaders in medical education.

The ceremony marked the 11th commencement for College of Osteopathic Medicine students and the third for School of Pharmacy graduates.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett delivered the commencement address. A life-long Pennsylvania resident, Corbett has been a key advisor to
Pennsylvania AG Tom Corbett
PA Attorney General Tom Corbett
U.S. Presidents and governors. In the 1980's, Corbett served President Ronald Reagan as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for Pennsylvania’s Western District. In 1989, President George Bush appointed him to serve as U.S. Attorney for the state’s Western District. In the 1990's, Corbett provided criminal law and policy expertise to then-Congressman Tom Ridge, later filling key roles in Governor Ridge's administration.

Among this year’s LECOM graduates is Erie resident Ranko Barac, whose family fled war in Bosnia and resettled in Erie in 1996 with the help of the International Institute. Dr. Barac, recipient of the LECOM College of Medicine Dr. Richard Stevens Memorial Award, attended Erie Cathedral Prep and Gannon University. “If you had told me when I was 13 that I would live in the United States and be a doctor, I would not have believed you,” Barac said.

Graduates also include Janelle Mehall, wife of 2006 LECOM School of Pharmacy graduate Joseph Mehall and mother of five children – two of which were born during her medical school training.

LECOM Pharmacy School GraduatesUpon graduation, LECOM College of Osteopathic Medicine alumni go on to osteopathic internships or choose a medical specialty internship and residency program. LECOM School of Pharmacy graduates go on to practice in a variety of settings, such as community pharmacies, hospital/clinical pharmacies and long-term care facilities, as well as hospital residency programs.

June 1, 2007
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