October 3, 2012 - Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will celebrate National Physician Assistant (PA) Week, October 6 to October 12.

PA Week is an annual event sponsored by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). PA Week is an opportunity for PAs across the country to increase awareness of both the PA profession and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

The PA Program at LMU is housed and administered by the LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM). The LMU-DCOM PA Program celebrated its inaugural class graduation on July 30, 2011. The PA Program is an integral part of the health professions education taking place in the LMU-DCOM building. Medical school faculty members teach many of the PA Program courses and the PA students have full use of the building’s high quality learning labs.

The LMU-DCOM PA students will be attending the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants annual FallFest in Gatlinburg, Tenn., during PA week. At the conference they will attend lectures and participate in activities with PAs from across the state.

A physician assistant is educated in the medical model. PAs are nationally certified and 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. PAs are valued members of the physician-directed health care team.

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 health care professionals 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, or visit us online at

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