Hurricane Irma, LECOM Classes Cancelled

Hurricane Irma, LECOM Classes Cancelled

Friday, 08 September 2017

Update as of Monday, September 11, 2017

Dear Members of the LECOM Family:

On behalf of Administration and the members of the Board of Trustees, I would like to convey our sincere sentiments that we are extremely thankful that our prayers were answered.  It appears that through the Divine Providence of God members of the LECOM Family have made it safely through the ravages of Hurricane Irma.

I know that the entire LECOM Family is concerned about our Bradenton Campus and our DeFuniak Springs Dental Clinic. The good news is that we have survived well and we have only minor landscaping damage and leaks caused by high winds.  The power that was off from 11:00 P.M. last night was restored early this morning.  Our generator worked well through this time period.  I would like to especially thank our Director of Operations, Mr. Jay Fortune, and Dr. Robert George, Associate Dean of the COM, for manning our facility during this difficult time.  In addition, we would like to thank our Disaster Management Team Members who were diligent in gathering information so that we could make informed decisions.  Naturally, we cannot forget our Security Team, including our Director of Security, Mr. Jack Hines, for staying steadfast throughout this process.

We will resume normal working schedules on Tuesday, September 12th, to ensure that we are available to all of our students.  Students will return on Monday, September 18th.   Faculty members are working on making appropriate adjustments to student schedules and are preparing a survey to send to all students, so that there will be a smooth return.  In turn, Human Resources is contacting all employees and Student Affairs is contacting all students to ensure that everyone is safe and able to return.

We would like to thank our entire LECOM Family for the humanitarian efforts you have put forth, not only for the well-being of your families and friends, but in service to others in need.

Please know that we are very proud of each of you.

Silvia M. Ferretti, D.O.

Provost, Senior Vice President and Dean of Academic Affair

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Update as of Sunday, September 10, 2017

To All Students On The LECOM Bradenton Campus: The campus is currently closed and classes will resume on Monday, September 18th.

College of Osteopathic Medicine (Bradenton campus only)

First and Second Year Students will report on Monday, September 18th at 7:30am.

Third and Fourth Year Clinical Students Bradenton and Erie stationed in Florida resume rotations on Monday September 18th. This is the start of a new rotation block – 5. If LECOM’s Clinical Office finds that the site is unable to accept students secondary to the results of the storm, Dr. Shabloski, Assistant Dean of Clinical Education (814-860-5143 and/or rshabloski@lecom.edu) is prepared to reassign a rotation to keep you on schedule. If you know of an issue, please contact him directly. Dr. Shabloski has emailed all students and is waiting for confirmation of your status.

School of Pharmacy (Bradenton campus only)

Classes on campus will resume on Monday, September 18th. Report to your normal exam block time, THERE WILL BE NO TESTS; however, there will be an Administrative Briefing.

For those students on rotation, please report to your site on September 18th.

Masters of Medical Science

Classes will resume on Monday, September 18th at the regularly scheduled time.

School of Dental Medicine (Bradenton campus only)

First, Second and Third year students will resume class on Monday, September 18th at the regular scheduled time.

Things to Remember

Communication is key at this time. Emails, text messages, phone calls, the LECOM Portal and E2Campus will continue to give you updates of LECOM Bradenton’s status.  We also encourage everyone to listen to their local emergency management officials and to follow their directives – everyone’s safety is LECOM’s primary focus. If you have unforeseen issues please contact 1-844-276-9918 so that we can assist you.  Check here for live updates in Manatee County:  http://www.mymanatee.org/home/government/departments/public-safety/emergency-management/manatee-ready.html

Your safety is our priority and of the utmost importance to us.  Please stay safe. Our thoughts are with everyone in the path of the storm.

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