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LMU-DCOM PA PROGRAM HONORS GRADUATES AT AWARDS BANQUET



August 3, 2011 - The faculty and administration of the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) Physician Assistant (PA) Program handed out several awards to members of the inaugural graduating class at its awards banquet at Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Pineville, Ky., on July 29.

The Dean’s Award went to Kristin Crabtree of Madisonville, Tenn. The Dean’s Award is presented annually to a member of the graduating class who exemplifies the ideals of the physician assistant by displaying a strong commitment to excellence, showing compassion, maintaining personal integrity and professionalism and striving to provide the highest quality of patient care as part of the health care team.

The Professionalism Award was presented to Wesley Pinto of Fairfield, Ala. This award is presented to a student who exemplifies the ideals consistent with the physician assistant profession, including a dedication to excellent patient care and a strong commitment to cooperative work within the health care team.

The PA Profession Advocate Award was given to Christopher Pivonka of Nicholasville, Ky. The PA Profession Advocate Award is presented to a student who shows special interest in advancing the status of the physician assistant profession on a local, state and/or national level.

The Student Advocate Award went to Danny Wester of Newport, Tenn. This award is presented by the faculty to a student who exemplifies the ideals of a professional physician assistant and who has shown selflessness, unusual devotion to duty, sensitivity to the patient’s comfort and needs and who has served classmates, patients and his or her school.

In addition to the institutional awards presented at the banquet, the Dr. George Stanley Thompson PA Student Society established its own award, the Danny Wester Best Supporting Classmate Award. The award was named for and presented to Wester. The award is given annually by the student society to the graduating PA student who has demonstrated a willingness to give of himself or herself in assisting fellow classmates and the student society. This person’s caring attitude and selfless giving served to continually support the growth and morale of his or her peers throughout all endeavors.

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 dcom@lmunet.edu, or visit us online at www.lmunet.edu/dcom.

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Caption: Kristin Crabtree, president of the Dr. George Stanley Thompson PA Student Society for 2009-2010, presents Danny Wester with the Danny Wester Best Supporting Classmate Award.

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