Welcome from the Dean

Jason Lee - Dean of the LECOM School of Podiatric MedicineI am pleased to welcome you to newest school of podiatric medicine in the United States. I say that proudly knowing that the LECOM School of Podiatric Medicine has been developed in a manner that will train the next generation of podiatric physicians to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population and contribute to the overall health and well-being of society.

As the population in the United States increases, demographics change and the prevalence of diseases, such as diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, and obesity, continue to affect society. We also know that collaboration between healthcare providers is essential for improved patient outcomes. These factors are increasing the demand for podiatric services, along with the need for people to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout the aging process.

The academic and clinical curriculum of the School of Podiatric Medicine has been designed to meet current and future podiatric needs. Some unique features of the School of Podiatric Medicine are as follows:

  • Podiatry students share basic science and key clinical systems courses with their osteopathic colleagues. This educational relationship forms the foundation for future interprofessional collaboration.
  • The podiatric curriculum maximizes student learning by integrating various teaching pedagogies, such as traditional lectures, labs, and small group discussions, that follow the principles of problem- and evidence-based learning. All learning activities are supported by the latest technology.
  • Across the School of Podiatric Medicine, the administration, faculty, staff, and support services are dedicated to ensuring students have access to the teaching and learning resources necessary for success. The resources include exceptional student support services, research and recreational facilities, and the LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center.
  • LECOM partnerships involve a large network of hospitals, the Senior Living Center, and outpatient care clinics that include inner city and rural facilities and the Wellness Center.
  • The 50-acre LECOM main campus sits along West Grandview Boulevard in Erie, PA with views of the city of Erie, Presque Isle State Park, and Lake Erie. The main campus offers the unique juxtaposition of small-town charm and security with the amenities of a much larger city. Tree-lined neighborhoods and community parks are as welcoming as the area’s low cost of living, four-season climate, and picturesque beauty.

I wish you all the very best for your studies and I look forward to seeing you soon on campus.

– Dr. Jason Lee, DPM, FACFAS, D.ABPM, MS Med Ed