OMS-IV Dena Krishnan


September 16, 2010 - Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) student Dena Krishnan is featured in the September 27 issue of People magazine. Krishnan, a fourth-year osteopathic medical student at LMU-DCOM, is the subject of a feature story spotlighting her experiences attending house calls. House calls are a frequent experience during fourth-year rural rotations for LMU-DCOM students.

“When I was a practicing physician in rural Oklahoma, I routinely made house calls,” said LMU-DCOM Vice President and Dean Ray E. Stowers, D.O. “Some people may believe that the house call is a lost art, but they are still widely used by practicing physicians in rural areas, particularly in Appalachia. At LMU-DCOM we want to produce osteopathic physicians committed to ensuring that every individual has access to high quality health care. This means training students to go out to patients who may not be able to get to a hospital or a physician’s office and treat them where they live.”

Reporter Alicia Dennis and photographer David Burnett spent a week with Krishnan this summer as Krishnan traveled around east Tennessee attending house calls with mentor physicians John Short, M.D., of Sneedville and Carroll Rose, M.D., of Tazewell.

Krishnan, 28, is originally from Perrysburg, Ohio, and received her undergraduate degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She earned her master of science in neuroscience degree from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Krishnan is engaged to Shawn Wilson of New Orleans, La., who is also a fourth-year osteopathic medical student at LMU-DCOM. Krishnan and Wilson met at the school and are set to be married in May 2011, two weeks after they graduate from medical school.

“I am excited to be a part of this article,” said Krishnan. “It was an honor to share my story with People magazine. Access to quality health care is critical to underserved communities and my education has fully prepared me to literally go the extra mile for my patients if necessary. I’m glad the rest of the world will be able to see a bit of what I have experienced these past few months.”

Short is a family practice physician affiliated with Wellmont Health Systems. Rose is a general surgeon affiliated with Claiborne County (Tenn.) Hospital and Nursing Home and Middlesboro (Ky.) ARH.

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