The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) is a private, non-profit graduate school of medicine, dentistry and pharmacy with a main campus located on 53 acres in Erie, Pennsylvania, and branch campuses located in Greensburg, Pennsylvaniaand Bradenton, Florida. Founded in 1992, LECOM confers degrees in osteopathic medicine (D.O.), pharmacy (PharmD), and dentistry (DMD), as well as master’s degrees in Health Services Administration, Biomedical Sciences, and Medical Education. LECOM operates one of the few accelerated three-year pharmacy programs in the country, and is one of 2 pharmacy schools in the country with a distance education program.
With over 2,200 enrolled medical students, the medical school at LECOM is the largest in the United States. LECOM is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine was founded in 1992. The first courses began in 1993, and the inaugural class of students graduated in 1997. In 2002, the school of pharmacy opened.
In 2004, LECOM opened a branch campus in Bradenton, Florida, and in 2009 opened a new satellite campus in Greensburg, Pennsylvania at the site of Seton Hill University. In 2007, Lake Erie COM was the first US medical school to re-introduce a three-year medical school program, after the other 3 year programs in nation had closed. In 2012, the Bradenton campus opened a new dental school. Currently, LECOM is in the process of receiving accreditation for a new campus in Elmira, New York.
The medical school at LECOM is the largest in the United States. LECOM is a member of the LECOM Health system.
The medical school offers three primary learning pathways: a traditional lecture discussion Program, a problem-based learning program, and a directed study program, as well as two, three-year programs, all leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. The Erie campus offers all three primary pathways, while the Bradenton and Greensburg campuses offer curriculum based solely on problem-based learning.
The Problem-Based Learning Pathway (PBL) emphasizes student-centered self-directed learning through small group interaction, with limited faculty involvement. The PBL pathway is the sole pathway offered at the Bradenton and Greensberg campuses. The Lecture Discussion Pathway (LDP) is a traditional curriculum where subjects are taught in a lecture format. Basic science courses include gross anatomy, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and physiology. Clinical sciences are taught in a systems-based format. The Directed Study Pathway (DSP) is a unique program, which begins with significant daily classroom time in the first semester, which then transitions into specific “directed study” modules for the duration of the first two years of medical school.
The Erie campus offers two accelerated pathways to primary care: the Primary Care Scholars Pathway (PCSP) and the Accelerated Physician Assistant Pathway. The Primary Care Scholars program condenses four years of medical education into three years in order to graduate primary care physicians more quickly, and is intended for students interested in family medicine. The Accelerated Physician Assistant Pathway is a fast-tracked, three-year medical school curriculum, which is designed for applicants that have already completed a physician assistant program. Applicants to this program must make a commitment to completing an osteopathic internship and residency upon graduation.
LECOM offers four master’s degree programs. In January 2014, the College began the Master in Health Services Administration (MHSA) program. The LECOM MHSA Program provides students with the knowledge and skills required to plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services while working as administrators in hospital or other healthcare facilities, public health care organizations, and private practice groups. The knowledge gained from the MHSA is essential for fiscal, planning and managerial work in healthcare organizations and the establishment and management of clinical practices.
The main campus is located on 53 acres in Erie, Pennsylvania, and overlooks Lake Erie.
The John M. and Silvia Ferretti LECOM Health and Wellness Center is a 82,000 square foot building, which houses a fitness center and clinical offices for Medical Associates of Erie. The center is open to the community, and offers exercise equipment, swimming pools, basketball & racketball courts, exercise classes and health screening services.
The spa-quality fitness center occupies the first two floors of a three-story building. Components include three swimming pools, aerobic and yoga fitness rooms, basketball and racquetball courts, a three-lane indoor running track and a physical therapy facility. The third floor houses offices for the Medical Associates of Erie, providing Internal Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Geriatrics, Orthopedic Surgery and Obstretrics-Gynecology care.
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The school of pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education The dental school holds initial accreditation with the American Dental Association. The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (DO program) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation
LECOM currently has 7,904 total alumni, from all programs.