LECOM Students Learn about Residency Options at Hospital Day

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine second-year medical students took time out of their busy schedules to learn more about residency opportunities at the school's annual Hospital Day at the Harvest Centre in Lakewood Ranch.

This year’s Hospital Day for students at LECOM's Bradenton, FL campus has added meaning for staff at Manatee Memorial Hospital and LECOM students. Beginning in July 2011, the hospital will be offering Family Medicine and Internal Medicine residencies.

LECOM Bradenton alumni Sasha Noe, DO, Emily Essert, DO and Nita Mason, DO shared their residency experiences with LECOM students at Hospital Day.

“This program allows us to elevate the level of care we will be able to offer in the area,” said Catherine Cooper, DO, who will oversee the residency programs at Manatee Memorial Hospital and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. “It’s great to be able to solidify our partnership with LECOM. This is a win-win for the whole community.”

The added residencies aim to put a dent in the physician shortage in Manatee County and Florida.

“The goal is to train and keep the physicians here,” said Dr. Cooper. “We are building the next generation of leaders in the medical field.”

Hospital Day is a time for current LECOM osteopathic second-year medical students to learn about clinical rotations, internships and residency options that are available at hospitals around the country.

Thirty-six medical institutions from eight states participated in the event.

Several LECOM alumni were on hand to share their experiences as interns and residents with the current crop of LECOM students. Sasha Noe, DO (’09), Eugene DiBetta, DO (’09), Emily Essert, DO (’10) and Nita Mason, DO (’10) are completing their residencies and internships at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Aida Kousheshian, DO (’10) and Jennifer D’Souza, DO (’10) spoke about opportunities at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Jacksonville, FL.

“This is a great opportunity for students to see what opportunities are available at various hospitals with teaching programs,” said LECOM Bradenton associate dean of academic affairs Robert George, DO. “A lot of physicians who are currently training our students are telling them they hope they stay on in this area.”

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.

September 30, 2010
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