Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) is located in Erie, Pennsylvania on the shores of Lake Erie. Choosing a residency program is an exciting milestone in your medical education. We have a rich history of training physicians in providing outstanding clinical education, research opportunities, and a place to thrive as a student, resident, or fellow.

We are committed to a diverse and inclusive learning and working environment setting that values, respects, and cares for its healthcare team. We recognize and respect the unique qualities of serving a diverse community. We strive to cultivate a climate and institutional culture that will recruit, train, and retain underrepresented minority physicians, residents, fellows and students.

LECOM is accredited in residency training through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in the following programs:

  • Transitional Year
  • Family Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

We are accredited in residency training through the Council for Podiatric Medical Education in Podiatric Medicine and surgery with the added credential in reconstructive rear foot and ankle surgery.

We are accredited in residency training through the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists Post Graduate Year One Residency and a Post Graduate Year Two Residency in Geriatrics.

Mission Statement

The mission of the graduate medical education programs is to provide the highest quality educational programs to residents and fellows. It will enable them to become competent, proficient, and professional physicians and surgeons. The programs are designed to provide the residents and fellows with advanced and concentrated training in each specialty and to prepare the residents and fellows for certification and for independent practice without supervision.

Vision Statement

The vision of the graduate medical education programs of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine is to foster an environment of excellence in healthcare education and patient care through our community hospital and the population it serves. We strive to provide our residents with a comprehensive and well-rounded training experience that prepares them to become compassionate, skilled, and ethical healthcare leaders. Our programs are committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of residency training, and to cultivating a culture of lifelong learning and innovation. Together, we aim to improve the health and well-being of our community and beyond.

Education Goals

Trainees are expected to demonstrate and apply knowledge of accepted standards of clinical medicine in their respective specialty area, remain current with new developments in medicine, and participate in life-long learning activities, including research.

Trainees must demonstrate the ability to effectively treat patients, provide medical care that incorporates the osteopathic philosophy, patient empathy, awareness of behavioral issues, the incorporation of preventive medicine, and health promotion.

Trainees are expected to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that enable them to establish and maintain professional relationships with patients, families, and other members of health care teams.

Trainees are expected to uphold their professional oath in the conduct of their professional activities that promote advocacy of patient welfare, adherence to ethical principles, collaboration with health professionals, life-long learning, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population. Residents should be cognizant of their own physical and mental health in order to effectively care for patients. Professionalism includes attention to personal appearance, deportment, and respect for patients, colleagues, faculty, and staff at all times.

Trainees must demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate their methods of clinical practice, integrate evidence-based medicine into patient care, show an understanding of research methods, and improve patient care practices.

Trainees are expected to demonstrate an understanding of health care delivery systems, provide effective and qualitative patient care within the system, and practice cost-effective medicine.