Lincoln Memorial University



The DMS curriculum is a two-year (6 semesters), didactic and experential program resulting in a Doctor of Medical Science (DMS) degree. 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. The second year educational track will emphasize adult-learning principles, curriculum design, and other faculty development topics.

A primary care clinician must be skilled in problem-solving and demonstrate expertise in diagnosis. The DMS curriculum will advance students' medical knowledge, provide an opportunity for students to collaborate with medical experts for the advancement of problem-solving skills and diagnosis. The curriculum emphasizes the integration of the basic and clinical sciences in medical practice. The curriculum is 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 core curriculum will advance the student’s knowledge of the anatomical, biochemical, and immunologic sciences, provide advanced clinical competence in 9 medical specialties and prepare the student to navigate and produce medical literature.



At the beginning of the program, students apply to participate in either the clinical medicine track or the educational track.  The clinical track is comprised of a didactic component and a clinical 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 residency syllabus.  Essential to the student’s success is the student’s ability to practice in a clinical setting with a certified physician to meet the required clinical encounters. 



Students in the education track will complete all DMS core curriculum courses, an additional fifteen hours of educational courses and nine hours of educational practicum.


 CREDIT HOURS                                                            

            15 Lecture hours = 1.0 Credit hour

            24 Lab Hours = 1.0 Credit hour

            Clinical residency each semester = 4 Credit hours 

Total program hours= 50 Credit hours



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Harrogate, TN 37752