May 20, 2011 - Dr. Maurice J. Nida, an osteopathic internal medicine physician and director of medical education for the osteopathic family practice residency program at Wellmont Health System, was awarded the first Preceptor of the Year award from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM). The award was presented at LMU-DCOM’s first graduation week awards ceremony on May 12.

The Preceptor of the Year Award is presented annually to an individual who consistently provides outstanding clinical instruction to LMU-DCOM third- and fourth-year students. The award recognizes a preceptor who displays a passion for teaching, a commitment to service and a dedication to the highest ethical standards.

Nida also led the LMU-DCOM inaugural class graduates in the recitation of the osteopathic oath during the school’s first commencement ceremony on May 14, 2011, in Harrogate, Tenn.

His leadership with osteopathic medicine students has been essential in the initial success of the LMU-DCOM/Wellmont Family Practice Residency Program, which will be able to enroll as many as 24 physicians. The first two physicians joined the program in 2010 and will have completed training at Wellmont’s three hospitals in Southwest Virginia and Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport and Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol.

“We’re thrilled that Dr. Nida has been recognized by LMU-DCOM because he is a tremendous asset to the profession,” said David Brash, vice president of Wellmont’s Mountain Region. “As we continue to recruit physicians to Southwest Virginia, Dr. Nida is playing a key role in bettering the quality of life for our residents by taking a leadership role in our joint program with LMU-DCOM.”

“Dr. Nida has set an outstanding example for our students,” said Vice President of Health Sciences and Dean of LMU-DCOM Ray E. Stowers. “Dr. Nida is well-known and well-respected in the region and has established the benchmark of what an osteopathic physician practicing in this area should be. We are grateful for all of the hard work he has put in to help educate our students.”

Dr. Nida was appreciative of the honor LMU-DCOM bestowed on him but said he is not the only one who has played a positive role in the development of new physicians.

“I feel the award belongs to all of Wellmont Health System,” Dr. Nida said. “If not for the teaching staff, support of our leaders and all involved in our program, we would not be as successful as we are. Our teaching faculty is among the best.”

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 osteopathic physicians 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, e-mail, or visit us online at

Wellmont Health System is a leading provider of healthcare services for Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, delivering top-quality, comprehensive healthcare and wellness services across the region. It operates eight hospitals and about 25 other facilities in the region.

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Caption: Dr. Maurice Nida (R), director of medical education for the osteopathic family practice residency program at Wellmont Health System, receives the first LMU-DCOM Preceptor of the Year Award from Vice President of Health Sciences and Dean of LMU-DCOM Ray E. Stowers (L).

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