The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) has broken ground on its new state-of-the-art School of Dental Medicine in Bradenton, Florida. With construction under way, the school is scheduled to open in July 2012.
"The LECOM School of Dental Medicine will build a footbridge between the present and the future of dentistry throughout the Southwest Florida region," said LECOM President and CEO John M. Ferretti. The facility, designed by award-winning architects Fawley Bryant, will house both a dental school and patient clinic in addition to a Learning Resource Center, numerous Problem-Based Learning (PBL) small-group classrooms, smart technology-equipped lecture halls, and a simulation lab.
The patient clinic is outfitted with 115 chairs, which will allow faculty and students to treat up to 600 patients per day. LECOM hopes the clinic will help address the need for oral care in Manatee County, where many residents are currently underserved.
The dental school plans to employ about 200 individuals and enroll about 100 students per class. Robert F. Hirsch, D.D.S., has been named Dean.