Education

New Affiliation Links YSU, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Thanks to a new affiliation with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, pre-medical students at Youngstown State University will have the opportunity for joint or early admission at the Erie, Pa., college.

“With both [Northeast Ohio Medical University] and LECOM as medical partners, YSU is now the hub of a new integrated pre-med/med consortium dedicated to educating primary care physicians,” said Stephen Rodabaugh, professor and YSU’s pre-medical, known as BaccMed, liaison officer.

Through the agreement, students can apply for joint admission at Lake Erie College and YSU. For those already enrolled at YSU, they may apply to Lake Erie College in their first or second year.

“Both the new LECOM agreement and the existing agreement with NEOMED provide our BaccMed students preferential consideration and early assurance,” Rodabaugh said,  “but, with the addition of LECOM, we can now offer our students both allopathic and osteopathic pathways to their medical degree.”

The BaccMed program welcomed its first cohort of students at the beginning of the 2016 school year. The program offers three- or four-year baccalaureate of science in biological or biochemistry tracks, which are followed by attendance at medical schools.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine is the country’s largest medical college dedication to osteopathy. In addition to its Erie campus, it also has sites in Greensburg, Pa., Elmyra, N.Y., and Bradenton, Fla.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.