May 22, 2012 - Dr. Dennis Klein, an osteopathic physician from Morristown, Tenn., was awarded the 2012 Preceptor of the Year award from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM). The award was announced at LMU-DCOM’s annual awards ceremony on May 11.

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.

“It was a pleasure working with Dr. Klein,” said Dr. Amanda Stephens, a member of the Class of 2012. “He always welcomed questions and advanced my learning in a productive way. He allowed us to prioritize our time with patient populations to which we felt we needed more exposure and encouraged us to challenge ourselves with interesting and difficult cases. He really made me feel like an integral part of the health care team and I left the rotation feeling better prepared for residency. I appreciate his willingness to continue mentoring medical students.”

“Dr. Klein is consistently cited by our students as an outstanding clinician and teacher whose didactic and bedside teaching is a valuable part of their education,” said Dr. Michael Wieting, dean of clinical medicine at LMU-DCOM. “He is a great role model for them.”

“My experience working with Dr. Klein was one of the first times I actually felt like a real doctor,” said Dr. Kayleigh McDaniel, a member of the Class of 2012. “He gave us enough independence to make sure we knew how to make important decisions on our own, but was always there checking up to make sure those important decisions were made correctly. During those two months of Community Hospital, I grew both as a person and as a student doctor. I can't think of another physician more deserving of this award.”

Klein received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of San Diego and his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Following the completion of his medical education Klein served in the United States Navy Medical Corps from 1996 to 2004 until he was honorably discharged at the rank of lieutenant commander. Klein currently serves as hospitalist and program director of Apogee Physicians and also serves as the site director for the LMU-DCOM community hospital rotation at Lakeway Regional Hospital in Morristown. In 2011 Klein was named the Apogee National Program Director of the Year.

Klein led the LMU-DCOM Class of 2012 graduates in the recitation of the osteopathic oath during the school’s commencement ceremony on May 12, 2012.

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, email, or visit us online at

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Caption: Dr. Dennis Klein leads the LMU-DCOM Class of 2012 in the osteopathic oath as part of their graduation ceremony.

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