Lincoln Memorial University

Program Mission & Goals

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The Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine Physician Assistant Program’s Mission is to educate future Physician Assistants to provide quality healthcare with an emphasis in primary care to the medically underserved of Appalachia and beyond.


  1. Professionalism - Create an atmosphere where integrity is valued and professionalism is expected.
  2. Leadership - Engage students in opportunities to act as advocates and leaders within the PA profession.
  3. Technology - Incorporate a technologically enhanced learning environment.
  4. Critical Thinking - Promote early and ongoing clinical decision making skills through various learning experiences.
  5. Multidisciplinary Education - Utilize a strong eclectic blend of instructive techniques to enhance all learning styles.
  6. Experienced Faculty - Employ faculty who have diverse clinical and educational backgrounds.

Program Goal Achievement


  • Renewed “Accreditation –continued” status by the ARC-PA with the next on-site review in 2022.
  • Achieved first time PANCE pass rate is 96% for the Class of 2014.
  • Over 60% of every matriculated class is from the Southern Appalachian region


  • Consistently rated highly by clinical preceptors in all aspects of Professionalism and Interpersonal skills (Average percentile score for professionalism competency for second year students):
    • Initiative and work ethic, 96
    • Encouraging a positive learning environment, 95
    • Communicates well with patient and healthcare team, 96
    • Demonstrates caring and respectful behaviors, 96
    • Sensitive to cultural, age, gender and disability issues, 96
    • Creates and effective patient/provider relationship, 96
    • Works well as part of a team, 97

Student Leadership:

  • Sixty percent student attendance to the bi-annual Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants medical conferences in the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • Student attendance to the annual PA Day on the Hill surpassed 70% in 2015.
  • Raised over $10,000 for the local free clinic as part of their annual “Light the Night” 5K Run.
  • Collected over $50,000 for the Spring Break mission trip to Peru to aid the local medical clinic.B
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  • Continued use of the Blackboard Learning platform along with MediaSite (Lecture & lab session digital recordings), B-Line (OSCE and Simulation Session recordings for formal debriefings and student self-reflection)
  • Use of Multi-room simulation suite has enabled the application of new mixed hands-on/observational/self-reflection learning sessions added in 2015 to enhance competency achievement
  • Utilization of the Simulation and Clinical Suites for increased numbers of B Didactic OSCE and Simulation scenarios (2014-2015):
    • Summer I: 2 OSCEs
    • B Fall: 2 OSCEs & 2 Simulations
    • Spring: 4 OSCEs & 4 Simulations
    • Summer II: 6 OSCEs & 12 Simulations
  • Continued use of Summative exams that include written, OSCE and simulation combinations that allow for a broader range of student assessment covering healthcare settings & acuity, various patient demographics and humanistic features.

Critical Thinking:

  • Consistently rated highly by clinical preceptors in all aspects of Critical Thinking (Percentile score of each competency area compiled for the Class of 2014):
    • Appropriate selection of diagnostic tests, 88
    • Appropriate analysis of findings and test results, 88
    • Utilization of EBM in medical decision making, 87
    • Appropriately applies scientific data and concepts, 90
    • Overall problem solving ability, 90

Multidisciplinary Education:

  • Delivery of the curriculum in various instructional methods to accommodate student learning needs through the use of:
    • Lectures
    • Faculty led case study sessions
    • Facilitated study/review sessions
    • Small group projects
    • Hands-on clinical skills labs with task trainers
    • Teaching simulations using high fidelity manikin simulations
    • Student led patient case presentations
    • Full gross anatomy prosection lab
    • OSCE sessions with written, oral and reflective components

Experienced Faculty:

  • The current full and part-time faculty at the LMU PA Program has over 140 years of clinical experience and represents the fields of Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Critical Care, Gastroenterology and Cardiovascular Surgery.
  • Interprofessional team of basic medical science and clinical faculty lead the Pharmacology, Physiology and Anatomy courses and also teach in the medical and veterinarian schools at LMU.


LMU-DCOM PA Admissions Office
800-325-0900, ext. 6669 (toll-free)
423-869-6669 (direct)


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6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752