Looking into the future of healthcare, LMU seeks to impact healthcare shortage in Appalachia and beyond. With the number of U.S. physician residencies capped by federal dollars; the expected retirement of over 250,000 physicians between 2008 and 2025, and changing healthcare payment models (AAMC.org), LMU is poised to meet the healthcare needs of communities in most need.
Recognizing the value of the physician assistant medical training model, the clinical skills associated with this model, and the asset to the health care team, LMU-DCOM began to explore options for providing additional training to physician assistants.
By design, this program depends on the continued success of the PA training model and serves as an academic advancement of core medical competencies consistent with other medical training models.
The Program will be taught by primary care physician, primary care physician faculty, physician subspecialists, and Ph.D. basic medical science faculty. The program clinical faculty will work collaboratively with the student’s supervising physician during the clinical practicums, while the program Ed.D faculty will structure the educational track practicum.
LMU is excited to announce that it received approval to offer the Doctor of Medical Science program from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in November of 2015. The program matriculated its first cohort in fall 2016.