LECOM, Robert Morris sign affiliation agreement


The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and Robert Morris University recently signed an affiliation agreement to offer students the opportunity to complete their medical education in two phases over an eight-year period.

LECOM and Robert Morris University recently signed an affiliation agreement. Present at the ceremony are, standing from left, Winston Erevelles, RMU dean of the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science; John Wojtkielewicz, LECOM Facilitator/Admissions Associate; and Maria Kalevitch, RMU associate dean of that school and head of the Department of Science. Seated are RMU Provost David Jamison and Christine S. Kell, Ph.D., LECOM Associate Dean of Preclinical Education.

The deal was signed on April 23 at RMU, located in Moon Township, Pa. LECOM representatives Christine S. Kell, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Preclinical Education, and John Wojtkielewicz, Facilitator/Admissions Associate, participated in the ceremony, along with RMU representatives Winston Erevelles, dean of the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, Maria Kalevitch, associate dean of that school and head of the Department of Science, and Provost David Jamison.

The “4+4” LECOM Medical Program is established to provide select undergraduate students to continue their education in medicine at LECOM after completing specific course requirements at RMU. RMU will confer the Baccalaureate degree to students who have successfully completed the first four years of the program, and LECOM will confer the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree to students at the end of four years of medical school.

“The affiliation agreement with RMU will help LECOM continue to fulfill its founding mission of addressing the shortage of primary care physicians in northwest Pennsylvania, Dr. Kell said. “RMU, having also recognized the need for highly trained health care professionals, has created undergraduate programs that will prepare its students to enter professional schools like LECOM. We are confident that the students we accept from RMU will have received a quality education in the academic areas needed to prepare them to become excellent primary care physicians and specialists that will serve the health care needs of the Western Pennsylvania region.”

As a private, comprehensive institution committed to active learning and student success, RMU is recognized for integrating liberal arts with a professionally focused, applied education that prepares students for leadership in a rapidly changing world.

April 30, 2008
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