LECOM Provost receives national award for contributions to osteopathic medical education

BALTIMORE, MD – Silvia Ferretti, D.O., Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Provost, Senior Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, has been recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) for her work in developing and promoting osteopathic medical education. Dr. Ferretti received the 2010 AACOM Dale Dodson Leadership Award at the annual AACOM awards banquet April 15 in Baltimore.

The distinction is presented by the Assembly of Presidents to a college administrator who has made a significant contribution to the advancement and support of osteopathic medical education. Dr. Ferretti was lauded for guiding LECOM through two decades of unprecedented growth and for her innovative educational ideas in the training of osteopathic medical students.

LECOM Provost Silvia Ferretti, D.O., receives the 2010 Dale Dodson Award from Anthony Salvagni, President of the AACOM Board of Deans during the April 15 awards ceremony in Baltimore.

LECOM also received five AACOM Excellence in Communications Awards. These awards recognize outstanding marketing, media relations, public education, writing and design projects.

The Best in Show award went to LECOM for its collaboration with public television station, WQLN-TV in Erie, Pa. It is an innovative partnership that enables LECOM to educate viewers about healthy living, wellness and preventive medicine. LECOM and WQLN-TV produced material that includes the “Meet the Doctors” half-hour medical public affairs television program, LECOM Healthy Living Network TV spots and healthy cooking segments with a local chef recorded at the LECOM John M. & Silvia Ferretti Medical Fitness & Wellness Center.

In the category of Best Advertising – Multimedia, LECOM garnered first place honors for a series of billboards that promote osteopathic medicine and wellness. In the Best Community Service Program Serving More than 1,000 People, LECOM received two first place awards for its Bridging the Gaps program and the Wellsville Healthy Children Campaign.

For Bridging the Gaps, LECOM sent 25 medical students to 20 community sites in Erie for seven weeks. Students educated members of underserved populations about critical issues including healthy lifestyles, obesity, dental health, drugs and alcohol abuse and teen pregnancy prevention.

Pierre Bellicini, LECOM Director of Communications and Marketing, LECOM Bradenton Associate Dean Robert George, D.O., Nikhil Mohan, LECOM Erie SGA President, and Kai Schlingmann, LECOM at Seton Hill SGA President, display four of the five awards won at the AACOM awards banquet.

LECOM worked with Wellsville USA in several ways to help educate Erie-area children about healthy living. Wellsville and LECOM produced a series of half-hour children’s television programs that teaches about exercise, nutrition and self-esteem. The show encourages children to be physically active, teaches them how their bodies work and helps parents explain good health habits to their children. LECOM students also volunteered at mini-medical schools held throughout the region and at Celebrate Erie, a major outdoor street festival held in downtown Erie in August 2010.

LECOM won second place in the category of Best Recruitment Piece – Multimedia for an interview flash drive it gives out to prospective medical students.


The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and LECOM School of Pharmacy offer innovative and affordable education in osteopathic medicine and pharmacy. From campuses in Erie, Pennsylvania, Greensburg, Pennsylvania and Bradenton, Florida, LECOM provides student-centered pathways to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals. Prepare yourself for medicine as your life’s profession.

April 19, 2011
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