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Springfield College Pre-Medical Students will be Eligible for Early Acceptance at Lake Erie School of Dental Medicine

December 1, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Dec. 1, 2011 -- Springfield College pre-medical students will be eligible for early acceptance to the Doctor of Dental Medicine program at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) through a new agreement that the two institutions announced today.

LECOM, the nation’s largest medical school, will grant provisional acceptance to its new School of Dental Medicine to a maximum of five qualified Springfield College pre-medical students each year.

According to Mary Healey, Ph.D., director of the Springfield College pre-medical scholars program, "This agreement signifies confidence in the excellence of our students by a highly respected medical school. It is mutually beneficial – affording our students peace of mind early in their undergraduate years that they have secured access to dental school, and providing LECOM with students who can succeed in its rigorous academic and clinical program.”

To qualify, students must be approved by the Springfield College Pre-professional Committee and successfully interview with LECOM before completing two years in the Springfield College pre-medical scholars program. They must maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.4 on a four-point scale and a science GPA of 3.2, and successfully complete required science and English courses. Additionally, they must take the Dental Admissions Test and pass a background check. LECOM highly recommends 100 hours of job shadowing experience in a clinical dental setting.

This is the second agreement between Springfield College and LECOM. LECOM accepts students selected by Springfield College for its Accelerated Program in Primary Care Medicine. Students who have successfully completed specific courses in the first three years at Springfield College then matriculate to LECOM for four years of medical education. They receive their bachelor of science degree from Springfield College and doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from LECOM.

Robert Hirsch, D.D.S., dean of the School of Dental Medicine said, “We are pleased to expand our affiliation with Springfield College. All LECOM students who have been Springfield College graduates have successfully completed their medical educations, and many have gone on to positions in some of the nation’s most prestigious research and teaching hospitals. We fully expect similar experience with Springfield College students admitted to our School of Dental Medicine.”

LECOM, with a main campus in Erie, Pa., an additional location in Greensburg, Pa., and a branch campus in Bradenton, Fla., offers educational programs in medicine and pharmacy. The Bradenton campus will open its new School of Dental Medicine in July 2012.

Springfield College has long prepared students for medical school. Its pre-medical scholars program provides academic advising and counseling and arranges internships and job shadowing. Many internships are with alumni working in such medical fields as primary care, dentistry, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, chiropractic, podiatry and more. Students serve internships in hospitals, clinics and medical offices.

Springfield College holds agreements with several medical schools providing various special opportunities such as early or guaranteed acceptance or fast-track completion. In addition to LECOM, such agreements are with Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Arizona School of Health Sciences, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and New York College of Podiatric Medicine.

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