Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

The Lincoln Memorial University-School of Medical Sciences 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.

PA Program Goals

  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 2025.
  • Achieved a 93% five year average for the first time takers of the PANCE. Click the link below to view the report.
  • For the Class of 2021 we have 71% from southern Appalachia.The Class of 2022 has 60% from southern Appalachia.
  • 47% of the 2018 and 2019 graduates work in Appalachia with 20% of the Class of 2019 working in health shortage areas.

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.) See Map.

  •   Student Attrition and Graduation Rate

    Attrition rate table

  •   Professionalism

    Consistently rated highly by clinical preceptors in all aspects of Professionalism and Interpersonal Skills (average percentile score for professionalism competency for PA 2020 students during the Clinical Phase of the program):
    * Initiative and work ethic: 98.1
    * Encouraging a positive learning environment: 98.2
    * Communicates well with patient and healthcare team: 97.0
    * Demonstrates caring and respectful behaviors: 97.6
    * Sensitive to cultural, age, gender, and disability issues: 97.0
    * Creates an effective patient/provider relationship: 96.9
    * Works well as part of a team: 98.1

  •   Student Leadership

    * Members of the Dr. George Stanley Thompson PA Student Society coordinate events to serve the community and promote the PA profession each year.

    * Each year PA students organize the “Sundown Rundown 5K” (formerly “Light the Night”) running race to raise funds for Servolution, the local free medical clinic.

    * Members of the PA Class of 2022 participated in the interprofessional project “Social Determinants of Health” with students from the LMU Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program, the LMU Nursing Program, and students from the South College Pharmacy Program.  Faculty facilitators from PA, Physical Therapy, D.O., Nursing, and Social Work programs assisted students in this project.

    * Members of the PA Class of 2021 and PA Class of 2022 participated in the LMU Opioid Symposium.  The event was a panel discussion attended by students in PA, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, and Nursing programs.  This was a panel discussion amongst healthcare providers, attorneys, and legislators on the dangers and risks of opioid abuse and best practices to prevent overprescribing scheduled medication. 

    * Members of the PA Class of 2020 participated in an interprofessional project with students in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program in an interactive manikin simulation case on chest pain.   

    * Members of the PA Class of 2018 participated in an inter-professional project with students in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program supported by the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI).

    * Approximately 75-85% of each PA Class participates in volunteer activities, including volunteering at Servolution, the local free medical clinic, and participated in mission trips to a free medical clinic in south western Virginia (staffed by an LMU-SMS PA Program graduate) or are involved in international mission trips to Peru, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.

    * Over 50% of students in the Didactic Phase attend the fall conference presented by the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants each year.

    * Over 50% of students in the Didactic Phase attend the PA Day on the Hill in Nashville, TN each spring to promote the PA profession.

    * A member of the Dr. George Stanley Thompson PA Student Society serves in the Assembly of Representatives for the Student Academy of the AAPA each year.

    * A member of the PA 2018 class is currently the Southeast Regional Director for the Student Board of Directors for the Student Academy of the AAPA (2017-2018).

  •   Technology

    * Continued use of Blackboard Learning platform, Zoom, Aquifer, Access Medicine cases, and MediaSite (digital recording of lectures) for delivery and review of course content.

    * Continued use of B-Line (digital recording of simulated patient encounters) for formal debriefing and student self-reflection of simulated patient encounters.

    * Continued use of Clinical Exam Center and Simulation Lab in all semesters of the Didactic Phase for teaching, learning by observation, and formal and summative assessment.

  •   Critical Thinking

    Consistently rated highly by clinical preceptors in all aspects of Professionalism and Interpersonal Skills (average percentile score for professionalism competency for PA 2020 students during the Clinical Phase of the program):
    * Appropriate selection of diagnostic tests: 94.9
    * Appropriate analysis of findings and test results: 94.8
    * Utilization of EBM in medical decision making: 95.1
    * Appropriately applies scientific data and concepts: 95.9
    * Overall problem solving ability: 95.2

  •   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
    * Mentorship and guidance from the Academic Remediation Specialist
    * Small group projects
    * Hands-on clinical skills labs with task trainers
    * Teaching 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 PA faculty have over 150 years of combined clinical experience and represents the fields of family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, urgent care, emergency medicine, occupational medicine, orthopedic surgery, gastroenterology, cardiac electrophysiology, ENT, sleep medicine, and bariatric surgery.

    * An interprofessional team of basic medical science faculty provide instruction in PA courses as well as in the medical, nursing, and veterinarian programs. 

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