ERIE, Pa. — Over the next two weeks, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) will graduate the largest class in school history as the college confers 1,267 degrees upon its Class of 2021 during commencement ceremonies in Erie and Bradenton, Florida.
Students who attend LECOM Erie and LECOM at Seton Hill in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, will be celebrated during three separate ceremonies Sunday at the Erie Insurance Arena while LECOM Bradenton will host its commencement services one week later on June 6 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center.
LECOM’s Class of 2021 includes 550 Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, 294 Doctors of Pharmacy and 104 Doctors of Dental Medicine. LECOM will also award 218 Master of Medical Science degrees, 40 Master of Science in Medical Education degrees, 45 Master in Health Services Administration degrees, one Master of Science in Biomedical Science degree, six Master of Science in Biomedical Ethics degrees and nine Masters in Public Health degrees. The 2021 class includes 597 graduates from LECOM Erie, 566 graduates from LECOM Bradenton and 104 graduates from LECOM at Seton Hill.
LECOM is the largest medical school in the U.S. and the nexus of LECOM Health, the nation’s only osteopathic academic health center. The Class of 2021 will join a network of nearly 14,000 LECOM alumni who are delivering quality health care to patients across the U.S.
Graduates of LECOM’s College of Osteopathic Medicine will continue their post-graduate training at hospitals and medical facilities throughout the U.S., with an estimated 30% continuing their education through residency programs in Pennsylvania and Florida. LECOM consistently graduates more primary care physicians than any other institution in the country.
Many Doctor of Pharmacy graduates will begin their careers at community and clinical pharmacies across the country while others will continue with post-graduate, specialized residency programs. Similarly, new Doctors of Dental Medicine will enter general dentistry practices or will pursue training in dental specialties. Those earning degrees from LECOM’s School of Health Services Administration and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, meanwhile, are prepared to use their newly acquired skills as educators, researchers and in leadership roles at healthcare facilities throughout the U.S.