Harrogate, Tennessee, June 5, 2018 – Physician assistants (PAs) looking to gain a competitive edge within their profession have the opportunity to earn a Doctor of Medical Science (DMS) degree from Lincoln Memorial University (LMU). The innovative DMS program is now open to PAs with one or more years of experience, and with an updated curricular design, the doctoral program can be completed in four semesters.
“What this program offers PAs is the chance to meet their fullest potential. The program emphasizes clinical excellence and gives PA an increased depth and breadth of medical and scientific knowledge and the confidence to handle more complex patient care,” said Paul Serrell, MD, associate dean of the DMS program.
The updated curriculum is 45 graduate credits delivered in a seventeen month didactic and experiential model resulting in a Doctor of Medical Science (DMS) degree. The student can opt to focus their medical education in the study of primary care medicine, internal medicine or emergency medicine.
The medical curriculum is taught entirely by physicians who are experts in their field of medicine with an average of 33 years clinical experience. Utilizing a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous online didactics, the case-based curriculum design allows the students to interact with and learn from these physician experts. While enrolled in the program, students continue in their clinical environment with their supervising physician who participates in periodic competency evaluations.
“We have a number of subspecialists that teach students during the first year, and very experienced general clinicians during the second year,” Serrell said. “It is a remarkable opportunity to be taught board certified clinicians with years of experience using the best medical teaching tools available.”
The first three semesters emphasize nine medical science modules that are presented by experienced clinicians and integrated with anatomy, pharmacology and imaging. These medical models include cardiology, neurology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, pulmonology, infectious disease, nephrology, psychiatry and hematology and oncology.
“I like how we focus on each organ system and then move on to the next, and that it ties in structure and function as well as pharmacology and radiology to give you a complete picture,” said Shalechia Hunt, PA-C, DMS Class of 2019. Hunt entered LMU’s program with six years of experience as an emergency medicine PA and works as a clinical coordinator and a faculty member for Western University in Pomona, California.
The fourth semester is a culminating experience which builds on the core curriculum and is delivered by physician experts within internal medicine, emergency medicine and primary care medicine.
The program’s curriculum is designed to build on the physician assistant training and provide advance skills for patient care. It incorporates current clinical trends and evidence-based medicine modeled after physician graduate medical education.
The tuition for the updated program is $33,600. The DMS program attracts practicing clinicians from around the country with the motivation and desire to distinguish themselves with excellence in patient care. Graduates are highly sought after from employers witnessing the benefits of advanced skills and knowledge. The program encourages military PA applications and accepts the GI bill.