Saint Mary’s announces partnership with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Observer Staff Report | Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Saint Mary’s College announced in a press release Monday a new partnership with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). This partnership will enable qualified students to obtain an early acceptance to their medical, dental or pharmacological programs.
According to the release, the program will grant students the opportunity “to stay on track … throughout their undergraduate career” due to the early admittance and the lack of requirement of the medical college admission test (MCAT).
Professor and pre-health advisor Calli Versagli said in the release the partnership provides Saint Mary’s students with a chance to “pursue their dreams in the medical field.”
“LECOM is known for their phenomenal preparation of physicians, dentists and pharmacists,” Versagli said in the release. “I am excited for the opportunities this will provide our students.”
The omission of the MCAT from the admission process is not the only benefit that this partnership affords students. The LECOM partnership will also offer students a lower tuition rate than other medical schools, a choice between three different locations and an advisor at both Saint Mary’s and Lake Erie College to assist them with their journey to and through medical school, according to the release.
“This partnership demonstrates the excellent preparation of our students for these doctoral programs,” Interim College President Nancy Nekvasil said in the release. “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity for our students.”