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Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

The mission of the LECOM is to prepare students to become osteopathic physicians and pharmacy practitioners through programs of excellence in education, research, clinical care and community service in order to enhance the quality of life through improved health for all humanity.

School name:Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Address:1858 West Grandview Boulevard, Erie, Pennsylvania
Zip & city:16509 Pennsylvania
Phone:(814) 866-6641

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LECOM recognizes students’ unique learning styles by offering four distinct learning pathways at the Erie campus: The traditional Lecture-Discussion Pathway (LDP) provides a systems approach to medicine; Problem-Based Learning (PBL) offers mentored small-group clinical case-based study; Independent Study (ISP) allows students to learn on their own in a structured pre-clinical curriculum; Primary Care Scholars Pathway condenses four years of medical school into three years using independent study and specific primary care clinical rotations. LECOM at Seton Hill offers only the PBL pathway.
Although clinical experiences begin as early as the first and second year, Phase III consists of third and fourth year clinical rotations (or clerkships). To achieve our curricular goals and objectives these clinical rotations will utilize:
• A large base of osteopathic and allopathic physicians who have experience in both primary care and non-primary care specialties and are acutely aware of the cultural and socioeconomic milieu of modern medicine.
• Both AOA and JCAHO accredited hospitals in which students can gain the experience of patient care in the large tertiary centers, the smaller community-based hospitals, the rural hospitals and their respective resources for the benefit of their patients.
• The potential for establishing outreach clinics in urban, rural, and underserved areas which will provide healthcare resources.
• Outpatient clinical training in an environment and area in which the student may ultimately practice.
• Local community clinics staffed by professionals from the local area.
• Ways and means of developing cost-effective primary care delivery systems.
Students will be provided inpatient clinical experiences at hospitals and medical centers and outpatient experiences at hospital-based clinics, free-standing clinics, and physicians' offices. The availability of elective opportunities will maximize career options and enrich undergraduate medical education.

This concentrated clinical training will be initiated in the third year. During the third and fourth years, students will be required to successfully complete 24 clinical clerkships or preceptorships. Each of these clerkships is defined as one clinical rotation. These rotations are assigned by the Associate Dean of Clinical Education.

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