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Kettering Pre-Med, Pharmacy Students Get Leg Up At Pennsylvania Med School

Kettering University and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine signed an agreement June 14 allowing Kettering students to complete their medical or pharmaceutical education at the largest medical school in the country.

The agreement guarantees Kettering five seats for pre-med students to enter LECOM's College of Osteopathic Medicine and five seats to enter LECOM's School of Pharmacy, per entering class.

U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Colleges Guide" ranks LECOM as fifth in the nation for graduating primary care physicians and second for lowest tuition among private medical schools.

LECOM's Christine S. Kell, associate dean of preclinical education, and John Wojtkielewicz, facilitator and admissions associate, joined Kettering Provost Robert Simpson, faculty members Stacy Seeley and Patrick Atkinson and Kristen Russell, a sophomore from Pennsylvania and pre-med major, at the ceremony in Kettering's Mott Center.

"This is a significant advancement for Kettering's pre-med and pharmacy program," Simpson said. "Kettering students will fit perfectly with the LECOM model of quality training that is innovative and affordable."

Seeley, department head of chemistry and biochemistry and pre-med coordinator, said students will apply to the Early Assurance Program prior to their junior year.

"This is a huge advantage for our pre-med students," Seeley said. "They avoid the anxiety and stress associated with applying and getting accepted into a medical school. They will also drastically cut down on application fees, which can become a significant expense."

Atkinson, professor of mechanical engineering and pre-med advisor, said "Kettering's style of pre-med preparation translates into an added value that gets our students into medical school."

LECOM is a private college with its main campus in Erie, Penn., and locations at Seton Hill in Greensburg, Penn., and Bradenton, Fla. LECOM offers Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees. More at

Kettering, in Flint, offers engineering, science and business education dedicated to co-op education and the preparation of entrepreneurs and innovators. More at

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