Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Earns Accreditation to Expand at Elmira College
Southern Tier campus will host additional site for Erie-based osteopathic medical college.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) has received approval to increase class size and offer courses at Elmira College in Elmira, New York. The announcement was made today by LECOM President John M. Ferretti, D.O. and Elmira College President Charles W. Lindsay, Ph.D. LECOM has received formal notification that at a meeting in Chicago in late August, the Council on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association gave approval to the opening of an additional LECOM location at Elmira College. The Elmira campus joins LECOM campuses in Erie and Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and in Bradenton, Florida and the College expects to have the first Elmira medical students start in late July 2020 pending final approval by the New York Department of Education Board of Regents.

According to Dr. Ferretti, “LECOM is extending medical education to the Elmira College campus to attract students who will fill the need for physicians in the Southern Tier and Western New York.” Upstate New York has a large, rural underserved population with a critical shortage of physicians. Medical school graduates often continue their post-graduate training and establish residency in the same area in which they attend medical school. LECOM has seen many of its graduates stay and practice near its campuses in northwest and southwest Pennsylvania and southwest Florida. The College opened in Erie in 1993 to train Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, added the Florida campus in 2004 and the Greensburg campus in 2009. In addition to the College of Osteopathic Medicine, LECOM operates a School of Pharmacy, School of Dental Medicine and School of Health Services Administration. LECOM has more than 4100 students and the Elmira College location will increase enrollment by more than 400 students in a few years.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) announced today the formation of the LECOM School of Health Services Administration (SHSA). The school will emphasize teaching the business of health care as it prepares future leaders to deal with the evolving need for competent and well-trained administrators and providers.

SHSA brings together the Masters in Health Services Administration (MHSA) and the Master of Science in Biomedical Ethics (MSBE) under one administration.

Silvia M. Ferretti, D.O., LECOM’s Senior Vice President, Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs, announced that Timothy S. Novak, D.B.A, M.S.A. will serve as Dean of SHSA.  “Dr. Novak’s vision, innovation and leadership as Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies and program director have quickly advanced the success of LECOM’s MHSA program from its beginning in 2014 to #6 in 2018 as ranked nationally by” said Dr. Ferretti.  “Our MHSA graduates are quickly advancing into senior executive healthcare leadership positions across the nation technically prepared and ready to lead in today’s complex industry”.

The formation of the School of Health Services Administration solidifies LECOM’s strong commitment to continue excellence of existing and future healthcare business and compliance graduate education programs focused on fiscal responsibility.  The industry vanguard MSBE launched earlier this year prepares students to help solve the most challenging moral and ethical healthcare issues of our time.


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