The Class of 2017 of the Physician Assistant (PA) Program at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) will celebrate its commencement on Saturday, August 5, at 10 a.m. at the Tex Turner Arena on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee. Theresa Riethle, MS, PA-C, director of the Physician Assistant Studies Program at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, will deliver the commencement address.
Riethle joined Bay Path University’s Physician Assistant Studies Program as a founding faculty member in June 2010. She currently serves as program director and associate professor for the program. Prior to joining Bay Path University, Riethle served as the coordinator of clinical education for Springfield College’s PA program and as assistant physician assistant program director at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She began her career as a clinical PA working in surgery and surgical sub-specialties and as a clinical researcher in the areas of prenatal genetics and heart attack intervention. Currently she maintains clinical practice at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. Riethle serves as chair of the PACKRAT Committee, which oversees the maintenance and enhancement of the national benchmark mock PA board examination. She has multiple publications, has presented at local, state and national conferences and is a contributing author to two review books, Classroom to Clinic and Physician Assistant Review.
The physician assistant (PA) profession is one of the fastest growing health professions in the country and has been repeatedly named by Forbes magazine as the best master’s degree for jobs in the United States. A physician assistant is educated in the medical model. PAs are nationally certified to work side by side with both osteopathic and allopathic physicians in every medical specialty. PAs are licensed to diagnose illness, prescribe medications and assist in surgery. They conduct physical exams, order and interpret medical tests and provide counseling on preventive health care. A PA has at least six years of education: a four-year undergraduate degree and the master’s-level physician assistant degree. PA students complete more than 2,400 hours of clinical rotations prior to graduation.
The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine Physician Assistant program is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM PA Program is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of physician assistants to provide health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM’s PA program, call 800.325.0900, email PAAdmissions@LMUnet.edu, or visit us online at http://med.LMUnet.edu.