LMU-DCOM Adds Tennova Healthcare-LaFollette Medical Center as Clinical Training Site

Tennova Healthcare-LaFollette Medical Center

Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) is pleased to announce its affiliation with Tennova Healthcare-LaFollette Medical Center in LaFollette, Tennessee, as a core rotation site to provide clinical training to third- and fourth-year medical students. Six students from LMU-DCOM will begin their clinical rotations at LMC in July 2021.


“We strive to provide our students with the best educational opportunities possible to prepare them to be outstanding doctors of osteopathic medicine,” said Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs Anya Cope, DO, FACOI. “The addition of LaFollette Medical Center as a core site will help us prepare future clinicians to serve the community with high quality patient-centered health care.”


Chief of Staff and Director of Student Medical Education Dr. George Vinsant is an LMU alumnus who attended LMU for his undergraduate studies.


“In July 2021, LaFollette Medical Center will enter a new phase. Being a core rotation site for Lincoln Memorial University medical students is a tremendous step in the right direction for the future health care of our community,” said Vinsant. “The hospital, nursing staff, physicians, and administration have worked diligently to have LaFollette Medical Center be designated as a four-star hospital.”

Vinsant, a native of LaFollette, now has the opportunity to be a mentor to future physicians.


“Hopefully this will provide the opportunity to impact the future of health care in our community in a very positive manner,” said Vinsant. “This can ensure the return of physicians and surgeons to Campbell County. I am honored to be a part of this effort.”


LMU-DCOM students in their third and fourth years of medical school complete their medical training in a clinical environment that includes hospital and office-based settings. Students are assigned to their clinical sites after finishing the first two years of medical school.  Students typically live in the community where they are training and often return to practice in that community once their training is completed.  Third-year medical students have the opportunity to train in Behavioral Health, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Family Medicine.  Fourth-year rotations include Emergency Medicine, Rural/Underserved Outpatient Care, Medical Subspecialties, and 7-8 months of elective rotations, which the students use to explore their interests and gain exposure to residency training programs.


"LaFollette Medical Center and its medical staff are pleased to expand our affiliation with LMU in the clinical training of its medical students,” said Mark Cain, CEO of Tennova Healthcare-LaFollette Medical Center. “With LMC's recent recognition as a four-star hospital and it's continuing dedication to approving the clinical competence of its staff, it is a privilege to work with an outstanding institution like LMU in providing clinical rotations and medical education to medical students who are focused on improving rural healthcare in our area."


Tennova Healthcare offers preventive, diagnostic and treatment services at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, LaFollette Medical Center, Newport Medical Center, North Knoxville Medical Center and Turkey Creek Medical Center. With more than 200 primary care physicians working in collaboration with other medical specialists at multiple locations across the region, the health system is dedicated to offering quality care for every member of the family—close to home.


“The medical staff and hospital administration at the LaFollette Medical Center have been very supportive and we look forward to working with them to continue expanding our clinical training,” said Cope.


Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, with an additional location at LMU-Knoxville. 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. 7082, email [email protected], or visit us online at http://med.LMUnet.edu.


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