LECOM School of Dental Medicine Welcomes Inaugural Class
100 students in the Class of 2016

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine began a new era in medical education as the inaugural School of Dental Medicine class reported to LECOM's Bradenton, Fla., campus for orientation.

LECOM President and CEO John M. Ferretti, DO and Provost, Senior Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs Silvia M. Ferretti, DO, welcomed 100 students to the Class of 2016.

“LECOM’s heritage and our unparalleled ability to recruit, to instruct, and to train first-rate osteopathic physicians, pharmacists – and now dentists – will further develop competent, compassionate, and holistic approaches to clinical, didactic, and other professional responsibilities designed to improve and advance the health care and scientific environments of the 21st Century,” says Dr. John Ferretti.

Dental student Adam Rose of Beaver, Pa., is excited to get started.

Adam Rose is excited to be a part of the first class.

"It's a brand-new school and to be part of the first class is exciting," Rose said. "We have new classrooms, a new building .... it's awesome. It doesn't get any better than being number one."

Classes are scheduled to begin on Monday, July 23 in the new $52 million LECOM School of Dental Medicine building at 4800 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Students begin training with a two-week basic dental technician course, which prepares them to work alongside dentists during early clinical experiences in private and community-based dental practices.

Samantha Johnson and Jennifer Katz take notes at orientation for the LECOM School of Dental Medicine in Bradenton, Fla.

Pre-clinical instruction will be delivered through the small-group problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum, which will integrate both medical and dental students. Components of the dental curriculum also include faculty directed self-study of gross anatomy; direct comprehensive patient care in the first year; a patient-based simulation-clinic; and the entire fourth year devoted to community-based primary care clinics in Florida and in Erie, Pa.

At 100,000-square feet, the LECOM School of Dental Medicine building features classroom space and a 115-chair dental clinic. Students and faculty will work with the Bradenton community to provide care to residents who face challenges in obtaining needed dental care by serving them at the on-campus patient clinic and in the future at community-based, primary care dental clinics.

A basic care clinic will open in January 2013 for patients who need dentures. Comprehensive dental care will be available to the community in March of 2014. With the College’s commitment to quality education at an affordable cost, LECOM is determined to prepare dentists who can deliver the best health care.

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine offers innovative and affordable education in osteopathic medicinedentistry and pharmacy. From campuses in Erie, Pennsylvania,Greensburg, Pennsylvania and Bradenton, Florida, LECOM believes that when mind, body and spirit  come together the impossible becomes suddenly possible. It is a calling each and every one of our students embodies to become the best they can be. To prevent disease and treat it. To give hope. Can you hear the calling?


July 16, 2012
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