The Osteopathic Bridge Program

An immersive experience:

The Osteopathic Bridge Program (OBP) is a first of its kind experience for pre-medical students applying to medical school. During the course students will get to interact with Osteopathic physicians and students who will review clinical cases from an Osteopathic perspective, learn more about the Osteopathic philosophy, Osteopathic Manipulative Techniques, and what it’s like to be a doctor. Students will also receive advice and coaching on how to be a stronger applicant with help regarding interview skills, personal statement writing, etc. Lastly, and most exciting, students will be guaranteed an interview at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) on completion of the program.

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Quick Overview

  • Eligible Students

    LECOM guarantees an interview for all students who are within two years of applying and have met all other prerequisites listed in the application.

  • Program Dates

    Classes are held weekly from 4:00pm to 5:30pm ET each Sunday from October 3 to November 21.

  • Application Deadline

    All applications must be submitted by September 28. You will be notified of your application's status by October 1.

Program Benefits

This course is designed to bridge the gap between LECOM and qualified prospective students through clinical education taught through the osteopathic lens for the low cost of $650.

  • Receive education and mentorship on what it means to be a D.O., taught by a D.O.

  • Receive case-based clinical education, taught from the perspective of a D.O.

  • Receive opportunities to master your interviewing skills in small-group sessions so you're ready for Interview Day.

  • Receive 15 hours of clinical shadowing credit upon completion of the course.

  • Receive a guaranteed interview at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Meet Your Instructors

HEAL and LECOM have worked hard to find the most qualified instructors for the Osteopathic Bridge Program.

Dr. Christopher Behringer, D.O.

Dr. Behringer is a PGY-3 Family Medicine resident in a rural program in North Carolina. He has a special interest in international medicine, lifestyle management, and Osteopathic Manipulation. He has been mentoring undergraduates on their journey to medical school since he was a second-year medical school student. He also served as a TA in the Osteopathic Manipulation lab and gave regular didactics to pre-health groups at his alma mater: the University of Central Florida. He continues to mentor pre-health undergraduates as well as medical students, and he looks forward to working with more!

Janet Snoyer

Janet's advising career in Ithaca, New York has involved work as a leading strategies counselor, admissions officer at a university, teacher of college success courses and counselor, committee letter writer for medical school applicants, and chief advisor at an Ivy League university that sends over 250 applicants to medical school each year. She has advised students on every aspect of the medical and dental admissions cycles.