LECOM School of Pharmacy Bradenton Welcomes Inaugural Class of 2011
Florida’s newest school of pharmacy gets underway with 85 students.
The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Pharmacy welcomed 85 students to its Bradenton, Florida campus on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 for their first day of orientation.

The opening of Florida’s newest school of pharmacy is LECOM’s answer to a call for more health care professionals according to LECOM president John Ferretti, D.O. “There is a critical shortage of pharmacists and Florida is one of nine states leading the demand for new pharmacists, said Dr. Ferretti. “The development of the Florida campus was warranted and we are pleased to begin today in Bradenton, Florida, the education of the professionals to answer that demand.”

The inaugural Class of 2011 consists of 85 students. According to Gary Levin, Pharm.D., dean of LECOM School of Pharmacy Bradenton, 58 percent of the incoming students are from Florida. The remainder of the class represents 17 of the United States, ranging geographically from Hawaii to New York.

Alan Cole comes to LECOM School of Pharmacy Bradenton from the University of South Florida where he majored in Biomedical Sciences. It was Cole’s affinity for chemistry that led him to pharmacy school. “I used to sit in on chemistry classes for fun,” said Cole. “Chemistry just came more naturally for me than other subjects.” Cole also shadowed a pharmacist as he prepared for entering pharmacy school. Cole said he may be interested in doing research but will reserve judgment until he learns more.

The LECOM School of Pharmacy Bradenton students will earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree after successfully completing the 4-year program. Each year of the curriculum will integrate basic coursework with various practice settings. Clinical experiences will facilitate the students’ understanding of how their coursework in basic pharmaceutical sciences applies to the care of patients.

“This is a time when pharmacists must become more involved with patients to manage their medications,” said Dr. Ferretti. “LECOM’s School of Pharmacy graduates will be trained to fulfill this patient-centered care role.

The students attended 2 days of orientation beginning on Wednesday followed by a Friday morning of team building exercises held at Summerfield Park in Lakewood Ranch on Friday, sponsored by CVS Pharmacy. On Saturday, they spent a relaxing afternoon at Coquina Beach for a picnic sponsored by Walgreen’s Pharmacy.
August 20, 2007
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