LECOM commemorates World AIDS Day

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine students, faculty and staff joined together to commemorate World AIDS Day in the school’s atrium on Dec. 1 by participating in a human red ribbon to help raise awareness about AIDS and reflect their support in the effort to eradicate it. The event is organized by Richard Ortoski, DO, Chairman of the Department of Primary Care Education.

Members of the LECOM community formed a human red ribbon in commemoration of World AIDS Day.

The LECOM Chorus performed two songs while members of the LECOM community gathered to create the red ribbon. On the second floor of the LECOM building, several quilts were put on display. These AIDS Memorial quilts are made up of different symbols representing HIV, hope and the future, with patches created by osteopathic medical students and pharmacy students.

World AIDS Day, celebrated officially on Dec. 1, was first declared by the United Nations General Assembly and the World Health Organization in 1988. Since the declaration, this event has become one of the most successful campaigns to raise global awareness on the issue of AIDS.

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.

December 1, 2009
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