LECOM recognizes National Osteopathic Medicine Week
Mayors of three cities issue proclamations
Erie Mayor Joseph Sinnott, center, issued a citywide proclamation in advance of National Osteopathic Medicine Week. The proclamation was issued to Silvia Ferretti, DO, LECOM Provost, Senior Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, and representatives of LECOM's Student Government Association and Student Osteopathic Medical Association.


Students, faculty and staff at all three Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine locations joined together from March 1 to 7 to celebrate National Osteopathic Medicine Week, which recognizes the commitment and professionalism of the nation’s osteopathic physicians.

From left, Irving Freeman, Ph.D., J.D. Vice President for LECOM at Seton Hill, joins Michael S. Kluska, D.O., and Karl Eisaman, Mayor of Greensburg, Pa., during the official proclamation of National Osteopathic Medicine Week in Greensburg.

The event, which is promoted each year by the American Osteopathic Association, brings the osteopathic medical profession together to focus on one common goal: increasing awareness of osteopathic medicine and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) in communities across the country.

LECOM Bradenton second-year medical student John Van Straten and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Robert George, D.O., receive a National Osteopathic Medicine Week proclamation from City of Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston.

Erie Mayor Joseph Sinnott presented an official proclamation at the LECOM campus to Silvia Ferretti, DO, LECOM Provost, Senior Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, and representatives from LECOM’s Student Government Association and Student Osteopathic Medical Association. The proclamation recognizes the contributions of osteopathic physicians in the Erie area and their dedication “to improving the health of their community through education and awareness-based efforts, as well as by delivering quality health services,” said Mayor Sinnott.

Proclamations also were issued at LECOM Bradenton by City of Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston and the Sarasota County Board of Commissioners. Karl Eisaman, Mayor of Greensburg, Pa., delivered a similar proclamation on behalf of LECOM at Seton Hill, which will begin classes for new LECOM students in fall 2009.

During National Osteopathic Medicine Week, LECOM medical students in Erie presented “mini medical schools” at three area elementary schools along with representatives of the Wellsville educational program, which encourages and promotes healthy lifestyles for children. LECOM Bradenton medical students also plan to participate in mini medical school events at the end of March.

LECOM first-year medical student Brenna Conroy discusses the skeletal system of the body with students from Glenwood Elementary School in Erie.

The mini medical school teaches students about the importance of preventive medicine. At six health stations, children learn the basics of living a healthy lifestyle through bone health, medical instruments, hygiene and germs, human organs, nutrition, and exercise. LECOM Erie faculty member Richard McCabe, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physiology, coordinates this event at the Erie campus, with assistance from medical students Alia Sommerville and Jeffery Poot.

In Bradenton, LECOM faculty member Russell Sexton, PhD, coordinated the participation of students in the week’s events.

March 11, 2009
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