Mission: The mission of lake erie college of osteopathic medicine (lecom) is to prepare students to become osteopathic physicians, pharmacy practitioners and dentists through programs of excellence in education, research, clinical care, and community services to enhance the quality of life through improved health for all humanity.
Programs: Lecom is one of the 30 colleges of osteopathic medicine. In 1992, the lake erie college of osteopathic medicine received pre-accreditation status from the american osteopathic association. After further preparation, lecom achieved a charter from the commonwealth of pennsylvania and full accreditation status with the american council on pharmaceutical education. It is one of over 130 pharmacy schools in the united states. Lecom has initial accreditation status with the american dental association's commission on dental accreditation. It is one of 65 dental schools in the united states. The goal of lake erie college of osteopathic medicine is to educate qualified students to become osteopathic physicians imbued with the philosophical principles of osteopathic medicine. It is the stated purpose of the college to educate and develop family physicians in the osteopathic tradition. At the same time, it proposes to provide its students with firm academic background so that those who wish may advance further into the osteopathic specialties or academic careers, particularly for and with osteopathic colleges. The goal of the school of pharmacy and school of dental medicine is to prepare pharmacy and dental professionals who are committed to provide high-quality, ethical, and empathetic patient-centered care to serve the needs of a diverse population. Two academic doctoral degrees are currently conferred at lecom. The doctor of osteopathy (do) and the doctor of pharmacy is awarded to graduates who have satisfactorily fulfilled the requirements for graduation. The first medical classes began on august 9, 1993 and 61 students enrolled. The college began a school of pharmacy in the fall of 2002. First classes for the school of dental medicine began in august, 2012. For the fiscal year ended june 30, 2014, there were over 3,571 medical, pharmacy, dental, post-baccalaureate, and masters students enrolled. The college has three campuses, erie, pennsylvania, greensburg, pennsylvania and bradenton, florida.
As someone who continually hears negative stories from employees and students of this organization, I can't help but wonder why this is still considered a nonprofit. All information would indicate that this organization is run all for profit and hardly contributes to better the Erie community.
Former students and current students complain about the lack of resources and advising provided by the organization. Students are treated as first graders and not as professionals as you would expect from any other higher education institution. A perfect example of their lack of investment in their students is the nonexistence of class reunions or scholarships.
The family that runs the organization are all under qualified in that they are simply doctors with little to no knowledge of business principles or policy. The hospital is absolutely abominable! Nurses do not understand what they are doing and the highest degree requirement is LPN whereas across America, nurses are required to hold RN degrees. I simply cannot understand why anyone would want to donate to this organization that pockets all of the proceeds. Who actually benefits from this nonprofit if not only the family that runs it?
I was quite surprised to read the prior the negative review, especially with respect to tuition. As a graduate of LECOM (in the early 2000s) I have watched this school grow, without increasing tuition costs of its DO program.
The mafia reference seems to be a thinly-veiled ethnic slur, directed at the Italian-American heritage of the family who founded this very successful college. The only thing to be learned from the aforementioned review is that sadly, some types of racism are still tolerated in this country.
I was a student here and can only describe LECOM as the absolute worst school in the United States. The school is ran like the mafia, with nepotism and intimidation the rule. The main executives are all part of the same family and continually increase their pay by outrageous percentages each year while increasing tuition and decreasing entrance requirements and student aid. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LAKE ERIE COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE CAN BE LEARNED AT HTTP://WEHATELECOM.COM