The Erie campus anticipates 267 new medical students in the Class of 2014 and an additional 112 in Greensburg, Pa., where LECOM at Seton Hill welcomes its second class of osteopathic medical students. LECOM’s branch campus in Bradenton, FL begins its seventh year with the enrollment of 163 first-year medical students.
|Erie OMS1 students prepare for classes with registration on Saturday.|
Offering the highest quality and most affordable medical education, LECOM continues to attract the best and the brightest students to its campuses. Out of nearly 9000 applicants, more than 2000 candidates visited the Erie and Bradenton campuses to interview for the more than 500 seats in the college of medicine. The combined enrollments of the three campuses have reached 1865 medical students and the College remains the largest medical school in the country.
According to college Provost, Senior Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs Silvia Ferretti, DO, these new students are attracted by the college’s student-centered programs, low tuition rates and exemplary board scores.
“We are delighted to welcome the Class of 2014,” says LECOM Bradenton Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Robert George, D.O. “We continue to fill our classes with a high percentage of residents from Florida and Pennsylvania, which fulfills our mission to train and keep physicians in these states.”
LECOM’s School of Pharmacy, with campuses and Erie and Bradenton, begins orientation Aug. 12 and 16, respectively. Nearly 260 new pharmacy students will arrive at the two campuses. LECOM’s School of Pharmacy in Bradenton will graduate its first class in June. While the school of pharmacy opened only seven years ago,
LECOM’s students are above the national average in board scores, according to Hershey S. Bell, MD, MS, FAAFP, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the School of Pharmacy. The Dean expects that trend not only to continue, but to improve with each new class.
During the orientation weekend prior to the start of classes, students and their families at all three campuses are invited to participate in an Open House, where faculty, staff and current students will be available to answer questions and give students a tour of the building. New students will also attend a series of workshops to learn about campus policies, review the curriculum and meet the faculty, which includes the full-time basic science and clinical education faculty.
Second-year osteopathic medical students resume their studies on Aug. 2, while third-year and fourth-year students from Erie and Bradenton are continuing their clinical studies at rotation sites around the country. Classes resume for pharmacy students on August 16 in Erie and August 23 in Bradenton.
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.