October 3, 2011 - 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). For PA Week 2012 the AAPA is encouraging PAs to call on policymakers, health professionals and the residents in their local area to ensure that every provider can practice to their fullest potential, allowing for a balance between treating illness and preventing disease.

National PA Week serves to celebrate the significant impact PAs have made and continue to make in health care, to expand awareness of the profession and to salute the outstanding growth of the PA profession. AAPA seeks to promote quality, cost-effective, accessible health care, and to promote the professional and personal development of PAs.

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. Preventive care will be at the forefront of the students’ minds during PA Week.

"By putting prevention first we can help patients and their families avert a lifetime of limitations and significant health complications," said Kaitlin Jasmon, President of the Dr. George Stanley Thompson PA Student Society at LMU-DCOM. "It's time for all us to shift our thinking toward a more proactive approach to providing top-quality health care.”

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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