Lincoln Memorial University

Primary Care Physicians Play Critical Role in Health Care System


Harrogate, Tennessee, October 10, 2019 – Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) recognizes the need for primary care physicians (PCP) and the critical role PCPs play meeting the health care needs of today. As part of National Primary Care Week, October 7-11, 2019, LMU-DCOM reaffirms its commitment to training the next generation of osteopathic physicians to meet the health and wellness needs of people in the Appalachian region and beyond.


“The faculty, staff and students at LMU-DCOM are proud to celebrate National Primary Care Week with our primary care faculty, residents, practicing physicians, alumni and preceptors,” said LMU-DCOM Vice President and Dean Brian A. Kessler, DO.


A PCP is often a patient's first point of contact within a health care system and provides general health needs. PCPs help develop a baseline for personal wellness and provide an array of services such as preventative care, disease prevention, immunizations, routine lab testing, identifying and treating common medical conditions, and managing acute and chronic conditions.


The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) estimates a shortage of between 21,000 and 55,200 primary care doctors by 2032. According to the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), every additional PCP per 10,000 Americans results in a 5% decrease in outpatient visits, a 5.5% percent decrease in hospital admissions and a 10.9% decrease in emergency room visits.


“At LMU-DCOM we place compassionate, patient-centered care at the heart of our mission,” said Kessler “We are committed to doing our part in building the primary care workforce of tomorrow.


The U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of medical schools released in March 2019, revealed LMU-DCOM topped the list of schools with the most graduates pursuing primary care. The data used was based off the LMU-DCOM Class of 2018 in which 80.1% of the graduates entered primary care residencies.


The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7187, email [email protected], or visit us online at


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