MVHS partners with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

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UTICA – Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has signed an agreement with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), Elmira, to become a major clinical campus for the medical school, providing clinical rotations for third and fourth year students.

“This partnership creates a pipeline of high-quality, well-trained physicians to meet the current and future healthcare needs of our communities,” said Mark Warfel, DO, program director at St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program.

“Through the collaboration with the LECOM Elmira Campus, MVHS will be able to expand its medical education program, engaging many more medical students in clinical training. These students, many of whom will be from the Central New York region, will in turn have access to the new residency programs MVHS is building.”

It has been shown that upon completion of training, physicians are often most likely to practice in the geographic area they trained, officials noted. This relationship further cements MVHS and the new Regional Medical Center as a significant teaching hospital system and will positively impact our community in tremendous way.

“We are very excited about our partnership with MVHS to facilitate the development of graduate medical education programs and the expansion of undergraduate medical education and clinical rotations,” said Richard Terry, DO, MBA, associate dean of Academic Affairs at LECOM.

“Together, LECOM and MVHS will work to significantly improve the physician supply chain and ultimately greater access to healthcare in the Mohawk Valley, Central New York region.”

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