LECOM policy regarding foreign student enrollment: International students (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents) will be considered on an individual basis. Non-U.S. citizens must provide documentation verifying that sufficient funds are available in a U.S. bank to cover all expenses to complete the program at LECOM and submit World Education Services (WES) transcript evaluations for all non-U.S. coursework. Additional requirements and information are available by contacting the Admissions Office at admissions@LECOM.edu.

The Osteopathic Bridge Program

An immersive experience:

The Osteopathic Bridge Program (OBP) is a first of its kind experience for students who hope to apply 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 and a recommendation from the preceptor.

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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 and upon recommendation of the class preceptor.

  • Program Dates

    Classes are held twice a week from 4:00 pm to 5:30pm ET each Saturday and Sunday
    August 6th - August 28th.

  • Application Deadline

    All applications must be submitted by August 3rd. You will be notified of your application's status after it has been reviewed.

    A $100 coupon is available to students who submit an application by July 10th!
    Conditional upon approval and acceptance

    Coupon code: obp3earlyapply

Program Benefits

This course is designed to bridge the gap between LECOM and qualified prospective students through clinical education taught through the osteopathic lens. Tuition is $850.

  • 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 live course.

  • Program includes four Anytime Courses providing an additional 24 hours of clinical shadowing credit after all courses have been completed.

  • Receive a guaranteed interview at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for the 2022/2023 application cycles.

What Do OBP Graduates Say?

  • Farah M.

    "I had a wonderful experience in the Osteopathic Bridge Program, and I think it is a very beneficial and insightful experience for students. I found this program to be immersive, interactive, educational, and collaborative. I really liked how it mirrors the problem-based learning approach that LECOM has."

  • Sonya P.

    "My OBP experience was amazing. I really enjoyed the course, and I gained a great amount of knowledge from the real patient visits that we were able to watch through ReelDx."

  • Hariharan M.

    "The OBP2 experience was amazing. The price absolutely reflected the knowledge that was provided, as well as the opportunities. This was a great investment. ...Working together with a small group enabled me to share and gather information I wouldn't have thought about. I learned so much from these sessions, and aspire to be a successful part of the medical field with this knowledge."

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.

I’m an Osteopathic Family Medicine Physician in Kentucky. I have a special interest in international medicine, lifestyle management, and Osteopathic Manipulation. I have been mentoring undergraduates on their journey to medical school since I was a 2nd year when I became a TA in the Osteopathic Manipulation Lab. I also gave regular didactics to pre-health groups at my alma mater the University of Central Florida. I continue to mentor pre-health undergraduates as well as medical students and look 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.