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Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

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The College of Medicine was founded in 1992 with the goal of preparing students to become osteopathic physicians. A branch campus is located in Brandenton, Florida. The first 2 years of the educational program are offered on the main campus or branch campus, while clinical training is offered at many clinical training sites.


The school has designed student-centered curricula that recognize that medical students have different learning styles. Students can enroll in the traditional LectureDiscussion Pathway, small-group, Problem-Based Learning Pathway, or the individually directed, selflearning Independent Pathway. The main campus in Erie, Pennsylvania, offers all 3 learning pathways. Brandenton campus enrolls all students in the ProblemBased Learning Pathway. All educational pathways begin with 12 weeks of gross anatomy. The school requires students to complete 2 years of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Training. The Lecture-Discussion Pathway starts with the core curriculum of basic sciences and introduction to clinical education. After gross anatomy, courses are offered in microbiology, immunology, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, health care management, and spirituality, medicine, and ethics. In the second semester of the first year, the curriculum integrates the basic and clinical science components of each particular human organ system through classroom and small-group instruction/discussion. Lectures offer clinical perspectives from the point of view of both the primary care physician and as the specialist. Students begin clinical experience during the first year working with physician preceptors and learning to take patient histories and conduct physical examinations through the Clinical Osteopathic Diagnostic Applications Course taught by local physicians. The ProblemBased Learning Pathway emphasizes student-centered, self-directed learning. Groups of 8 students meet with the faculty facilitator 3 times per week. A series of cases focus on learning the basic and clinical sciences involved in solving patient problems. Students work independently and in small groups on learning issues at each session. Cases are based on actual patients. Students initially learn only the name, age, gender, and chief complaint. Following discussions, the group will request additional information, such as the results of a history and physical. Additional discussion follows and the students begin to form differential diagnoses requesting additional clinical data such as the results of an EKG or an MRI as needed. Students progress through basic science and onto clinical science as they become better at solving patients’ cases at the end of the second year. The Independent Study Pathway provides significant flexibility for students during their first 2 years of medical school. The Pathway requires the student to have excellent organizational and time management skills in order to proceed through the curriculum and meet strict examination deadlines. The program is a closely directed course of study. Students use lists of highly structured learning objectives compiled into module booklets. The modules are divided into Core and Systems. Core modules deal with fundamentals of basic science, while systems modules integrate basic science and clinical disciplines in an organ systems approach to learning. Affiliated Teaching Hospitals The school is affiliated with more than 80 clinical training sites including hospitals, medical centers, clinics, and physician practices to provide quality clinical experiences with graduated responsibility. Elective training opportunities are also available.

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4-year. A bachelors’ degree is required for admissions. The basic premedical science courses are required with additional requirements in English and behavioral sciences. Applicants are required to complete the AACOMAS and supplemental applications as well as to submit recent MCAT scores. The applicant should arrange for the submission of a preprofessional advisory committee evaluation and a recommendation from an osteopathic physician. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 198 0.19
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 6 0.01
Forcible Rape 77 0.08
Robbery 150 0.15
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,233 1.21
Larceny 2,404 2.35
Vehicle theft 101 0.10

Student Enrollment Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Erie, PA 16509-1025
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population26,233 (22,098 urban / 4,135 rural)
Households10,713 (2.39 people per house)
Median Household Income$42,251
Families7,128 (2.96 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Special Focus Institutions — Medical schools and medical centers
Undergraduate PopulationN/A
EnrollmentExclusively graduate/professional
Size & SettingN/A

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work required4
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4203

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Tuition $11,700 $11,700 $11,700
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family N/A N/A N/A

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Dentistry Degree — Tuition $48,000 $48,000
Dentistry Degree — Required Fees $900 $900
Osteopathic Medicine Degree — Tuition $30,122 $30,820
Osteopathic Medicine Degree — Required Fees $900 $900
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $22,995 $24,581
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $900 $900

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees N/A(N/C) N/A(N/C) N/A(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open AdmissionsN/A
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 4 2 23 63 3 97
Biomedical Sciences, General 1 3 4 8
Education, Other 1 1 24 27
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies 2 2 19 35 3 62

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 190th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $102,677 ($106,912 male / $78,156 female)
Number of FT Faculty 53 (26 male / 27 female)
Number of PT Faculty 202
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $2,752,610

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