September 06 2013
Elmira College and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine are proud to announce an early acceptance partnership between the two institutions. The partnership will include programs in pharmacy, medicine, and dentistry.
The agreements enable qualified Elmira undergraduate students to gain early acceptance to both Elmira and LECOM. LECOM will interview students prior to their enrollment at EC or within the first two years of study at Elmira, depending upon when the student makes application to the Early Acceptance Program (EAP).
Dr. Ronald Champagne, Elmira College President, held a Press Conference to announce this partnership, and discuss the opportunities it will provide for EC students. At the conference, employees of both Elmira College and LECOM spoke, including President Champagne, Dr. Steve Coleman, Dr. Richard Terry, and Dr. Lynn Gillie.
Dr. Champagne discussed the need for higher education institutions to remain innovative, and the importance of establishing ways for students to succeed. “I think it’s the obligation of institutions to present students with clear paths that they can follow. The earlier they can commit time, energy, and resources to fulfill a dream in high school, the more prepared they will be.” He also expressed a hope that through local internships as undergraduate students, many students in this program would return to this community after their time at LECOM.
Dr. Richard Terry, LECOM Assistant Dean of Regional Clinical Education, and Lake Erie Consortium for Osteopathic Medical Training Chief Academic Officer, shared his feelings of excitement for this new partnership.
“We welcome this articulation agreement with such a prestigious institution such as Elmira College. We too are innovative at LECOM, with three campuses and multiple learning models that have been fairly unprecedented in medical education. We welcome this kind of agreement with another innovative institution like Elmira College, and I think that the benefits for students, the community, and the institutions will be enormous.”
All three programs follow a 4+4 track consisting of four years of undergraduate education at Elmira College followed by four years of graduate education at LECOM. The medical program and the pharmacy program also offers a “3+4 track” consisting of three years of undergraduate education at Elmira College followed by four years at LECOM. Premed students may switch between these two tracks while enrolled at Elmira. All students are expected to fulfill the requirements for a bachelor’s degree at EC and meet specific course prerequisites for each program.
Dr. Steve Coleman, the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Elmira College, added: “this is a historic day for Elmira College, opening the doors for current and future students in the fields of Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Medicine.”
Students may choose to enroll at one of three LECOM campuses: the main campus in Erie, Pennsylvania, a branch campus in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, or a second branch campus in Bradenton, Florida.
Dr. Lynn Gillie, Associate Professor of Biology at Elmira College, serves as the Health Professions Advisor and Representative to the Early Acceptance Program. She noted that this opportunity is a great way for our strongest students to get ahead. “We’ve got a lot of students that are very interested in health care, and this will be a super opportunity for them to get started on that early and solidify where they’re going and what they’re doing and how they can contribute.” Dr. Gillie added that one student has already applied and been accepted to the Early Acceptance Program.