Lincoln Memorial University


The DMS curriculum is a two year (6 semester), didactic and clinical program resulting in a Doctor of Medical Science (DMS). The curriculum will stress the interdependence of the biological, clinical, behavioral and social sciences. The emphasis will be on educating clinicians for primary care medicine, employing the distinctive medical model for the maintenance of health and treatment of disease.

A primary care clinician must be skilled in problem solving and demonstrate expertise in diagnosis. In order to achieve this goal the DMS curriculum will emphasize the integration of the basic and clinical sciences in medical practice. The curriculum will be divided into a pre-clinical phase and a clinical or educational phase.



The pre-clinical curriculum will address both fundamental scientific concepts, and advanced clinical medicine. The curriculum is designed to build on the foundations of the established Physician Assistant Education.

The core curriculum will advance the student’s knowledge of the anatomical, biochemical, and immunologic sciences, provide advanced clinical competence in 11 medical specialties and prepare the student to navigate and produce medical literature.



DMS-800 Research Design & Writing for the Health Professional

This course covers goals, design and implementation of research projects and provides skills needed to write about health and medicine topics. The research component will focus on research techniques such as survey, experimental, quantitative, qualitative, & mixed methods approaches. Research ethics and basic descriptive and inferential statistics and data interpretation are included. The writing component will provide the skills needed to write about health and medicine related topics for diverse audiences. Research articles will be analyzed to assess possible methodologic issues and their implications for evidence based professional practice, and the student will construct a professional medical research article. (3 credits hours)


DMS-804 Advanced Clinical & Diagnostic Anatomy

This course features clinically relevant normal structure and function as a basis for understanding diagnosis of dysfunction. Clinical applications of three dimensional regional anatomy using imaging, as warranted, are emphasized in the context of diagnostic implications. Students will integrate course material via didactic presentations, classroom activity, and practical skill sessions. This course will have a required residency component. (4 credits hours) 


DMS-805 Advanced Clinical Immunology

This course covers clinical immunology, focusing on the physiology/pathophysiology of the immune system and its implications for disease state as related to allergy and rheumatology medicine. (2 credits hours)


DMS-807 Advanced Clinical Medicine I

This course is the first of three courses taking a systematic approach to pulmonology, neurologic and renal disease. Epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of system disease states as they relate to primary care will be covered. (3 credits hours)


DMS-808 Advanced Clinical Medicine II

This course is the second of three courses taking a systematic approach to cardiac, gastric and psychiatric disease. Epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of system disease states as they relate to primary care will be covered. (3 credits hours)


DMS-809 Advanced Clinical Medicine III

This course is the third of three courses taking a systematic approach to endocrine, hematology, and infectious disease. Epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of system disease states as they relate to primary care will be covered. (3 credits hours)


DMS-806 Advanced Biochemistry and Pharmacology

This course builds on previous background in biochemistry and pharmacology to cover advanced considerations of metabolic processes that are integral to normal body function; such as operation and control of pathways, oxidative and lipid metabolism, and nutritional biochemistry as a basis for advanced topics in pharmacology, which include pharmacokinetics, drug action mechanisms, therapeutic applications of drugs, considering indications, risk-benefit, cost, side effect, and other issues. (2 credits hours)


DMS-810 Point of Care Ultrasonography

This course which includes didactic & skills sessions, provides a foundation of knowledge and skills in point of care ultrasound upon which more advanced training can be built. Pertinent anatomy and physiology, sonographic physics, and safety & instrumentation form the basis for the student learning equipment features and use, image acquisition, and diagnostic correlation, using a regional approach. Training in the use of ultrasound and its application to common ultrasound guided diagnostics and procedures, such as FAST exam, vascular access, and identification of DVT, pneumothorax, fractures, foreign bodies, retinal detachment, abscess I&D and more. This course will have a required residency component. (4 credits hours)


DMS-900 Scholarship in the Practice of Medicine

The student will utilize skills and knowledge acquired in other, previous core courses to develop and execute a substantial advanced scholarly project relevant to the student selected area of interest that is suitable for publication. (4 credits hours)



At the beginning of the program, students apply to participate in either the clinical medicine track or the educational track.  The clinical track comprised of a didactic component and a practicum component.  Students are selected to participate in the clinical track based on the program’s approval that the student can achieve the required clinical competencies as outlined by the practicum syllabus.  Essential to the student’s success is the student’s ability to practice in a clinical setting with a certified physician in order to meet the required clinical encounters. 


Clinical Care Medicine 915, 916, 917 (7 credit hours)

The clinical medicine track didactic curriculum seeks to build on the clinical knowledge achieved in the first year by using a wide variety of clinical case scenarios to develop and enhance each practitioner’s ability to:


  • Gather and synthesize information (history, physical, laboratory and imaging studies) to define a patient’s clinical problems.
  • Develop and implement an appropriate management plan for a wide variety of clinical conditions.
  • Request and maximize the value of consultations and provide accurate consultative care when needed.
  • Practice guideline based and cost-effective care.
  • Communicate with families, patients, and colleagues.
  • Transition patients across a variety of settings to obtain needed care.
  • Develop skills to foster inter-professional collaboration, improve patient satisfaction, and address risk management issues.
  • Identify and cope with frustrations threatening career satisfaction.
  • Be an effective and efficient self-directed learner with enhanced awareness of the medical information tools available.


Case-based learning in which the patient initially presents with undiagnosed complaints and issues will be the primary method of instruction. Students will be challenged to work through these cases and provide their clinical reasoning to peers and faculty through discussion boards and video conferencing.  These cases will often require an integration of care from the office setting to the emergency department and hospital.  The student will develop knowledge and skills for practice in the emergency room and hospital setting in addition to the outpatient ambulatory primary care clinic. Recorded lectures, case studies, guided readings and resource material will be provided. 


Clinical Practicum 910, 911, 912 (15 credit hours)

The multi-step practicum is designed to enhance the student’s clinical knowledge and skills while employed and practicing in the outpatient clinical setting such as family practice, outpatient internal medicine or urgent care. The student will advance the knowledge and experience gained from prior graduate medical education and current clinical practice.



For the education track, the clinical practicums are replaced with the following courses.* Students in the education track will also complete the 7 hours of Clinical Care Medicine 915, 916, 917.


EDLB 820 Adult Learning Principles

Learning is in every component of the human experience. Understanding how adults learn and apply expertise to practical everyday situations provides the student opportunities to broaden understandings regarding the capacity of the human mind, what motivates learning and as future leaders empowers others. This course introduces students to the theory and practice of adult education emphasizing those theories, models, and principles applied to the workplace and other adult learning venues.

Students will explore adult learning in different contexts and become acquainted with the main debate as well as the philosophies and methodologies utilized within adult education. (3 credit hours)


EDCI 873 Perspective and Strategies in Teaching and Learning 

The symbiotic relationship between teaching and learning will be examined in the framework higher education. Various research-based strategies will be discussed and modeled. Theories regarding the nature of these strategies will be discussed, as well as debates surrounding their use in the public school system. (3 credit hours)


EDCI 872 Trends and Issues in Educational Technology and Literacy 

This course will explore the evolution of educational technology and conduct a researched exploration into the related needs of today’s teachers. This will result in a repository of resources for educating and assisting teachers in the technology/literacy arena. Students will design and develop digital-age learning activities and assessments, engage in professional growth and leadership and understand avenues in which these tools can be used in the promotion of literacy throughout the curriculum. (3 credit hours)


EDCI 877 Teacher Leadership 

This course involves the examination of methods whereby conditions for change may be created, planned for, implemented, and sustained. Theories of leadership will also be studied for their relative effectiveness. (3 credit hours)


EDHE 851 Higher Education: Theory, Foundations, and Principles 

This course examines the historical, theoretical, and philosophical foundations of higher education. Students will investigate the origins of higher education in the United States beginning with early theological institutions. Building from this base, the course will trace the expansion of higher education to include multiple institutional types including the American Community College; Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities; Land Grant Institutions; Research Universities; Teaching Universities; Minority Serving Institutions (HSIs, HBCUs, TCUs); and the emergence of For-Profit Universities. The philosophical underpinning of these institutional types will be discussed as well as current issues and trends relevant to their mission and structure. (3 credit hours)




            15 Lecture hours = 1.0 Credit hour

            24 Lab Hours = 1.0 Credit hour

            Each semester of the clinical practicum = 5 credit hours


Each course taught throughout the course of a single semester. Parts of the clinical practicum will begin at the initiation of the program.  However, credit hours will only be assigned during the second phase (year) of the program.




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