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 93% for the Class of 2016.
  • For the Class of 2018 we have 61% from southern Appalachia.
  • 47% of all graduates work in Appalachia with 48% in underserved areas and 25% in a rural area (see map)

The LMU PA Program has been ranked as the 10th highest, out of all U.S. PA programs, for the proportion of graduates working in rural locations in a study completed by the Rural Health Research Center. (Larson EH, Andrilla CHA, Morrison C, Ostergard S, Glicken A. Which Physician Assistant Training Programs Produce Rural PAs? A National Study. Policy Brief #154. Seattle, WA: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, University of Washington, Feb 2016.)


  • 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, 98
    • Encouraging a positive learning environment, 98
    • Communicates well with patient and healthcare team, 98
    • Demonstrates caring and respectful behaviors, 99
    • Sensitive to cultural, age, gender and disability issues, 98
    • Creates and effective patient/provider relationship, 98
    • Works well as part of a team, 98

Student Leadership:

  • Sixty percent student attendance to the bi-annual Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants medical conferences in the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • Student attendance to the annual PA Day on the Hill surpassed 70% in 2016.
  • Raised over $16,000 for the local free clinic as part of their annual “Sundown Rundown” (formerly “Light the Night”) 5K Run.
  • Participated in local school supply drives, canned food drives, and sponsored local families for the holiday season.
  • Mission Trip Information:
    • PA Students and Faculty each year organize and participate in Mission Trips to both Peru (3 years) and Honduras (2 years).
    • To date, over 3,000 residents in Peru and 2,000 residents in Honduras have been served.
    • Collected over $150,000 for the Spring Break mission trips to Peru and Honduras to aid the local medical clinics.
  • Over 60 students participated in various local mission trips in the Appalachian Region at remote area medical clinics.
  • Students volunteered at Servolution, a local free clinic.  



  • 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 (2015-2016):
    • Summer I: 2 OSCEs
    • Fall: 2 OSCEs & 2 Simulations
    • Spring: 6 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 2016):
    • Appropriate selection of diagnostic tests, 95
    • Appropriate analysis of findings and test results, 95
    • Utilization of EBM in medical decision making, 95
    • Appropriately applies scientific data and concepts, 96
    • Overall problem solving ability, 96

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 150 years of clinical experience and represents the fields of Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Critical Care, Gastroenterology, Occupational Medicine, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Trauma Surgery, and Cardiovascular Surgery.
  • Interprofessional team of basic medical science and clinical faculty lead the Pharmacology, Physiology, Public Health 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)


423.869.3611 | 800.325.0900
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752