The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine is preparing for the arrival of the College's largest class of medical students. More than 500 first-year students begin classes on July 27 at three locations.
The Erie campus anticipates 370 matriculants in the Class of 2013 with the majority starting at the Erie campus and slightly more than 100 in Greensburg, Pa., where LECOM at Seton Hill holds its first classes.
During the orientation weekend, students in Erie are invited to participate in an Open House at the school, where faculty and staff will be available to answer questions and give students a tour of the building.
During orientation week, the new students will 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. Students also meet many of the Erie area physicians who will teach the students during their first two years of medical school.
Second-year osteopathic medical students resume their studies on Aug. 3, while third-year and fourth-year students from Erie and Bradenton are continuing their clinical studies at rotation sites around the country. New students for the School of Pharmacy begin Aug. 13 in Erie.
In Bradenton, the incoming class of 162 students will participate in their own open house event on Sunday, July 26. The Class of 2013 is represented by students from 26 states. For the first time, more than half (51 percent) of the incoming class is from Florida.
“With Florida being hit the hardest with the physician shortage it is our hope, that by recruiting more students from Florida, we will be able to train them and have them stay in-state for their post-graduate training,” said LECOM Bradenton Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Robert George, DO.
Second-year osteopathic medical students report to campus on Aug. 3. LECOM Bradenton’s School of Pharmacy, which opened in 2007, welcomes its third class of students on Aug. 24.