July 31, 2012 - The Class of 2012 of the Physician Assistant Program at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) will celebrate its commencement on Saturday, August 4, at 10 a.m. at the Tex Turner Arena on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn. Dr. P. Eugene Jones, distinguished teaching professor and chairman at the department of physician assistant studies at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, will serve as the keynote speaker.

Jones completed a twenty-year career in the United States Navy from 1969-1989, serving five years as a hospital corpsman and 15 years as a physician assistant. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska, a Master of Arts in Health Services Management from Webster University, and Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Education from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, Calif. Jones joined the faculty at University of Texas Southwestern in 1993. His professional activities have included service on the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine Committee on the Future of Primary Care, past-president of the Physician Assistant Education Association, and he currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Physician Assistant Education. In 2009 Jones was selected as one of 10 Piper Professors by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, and he also received the Innovations in Online Learning Award from The University of Texas System. He was inducted into The University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education in 2010, and in 2012 he was one of the first 40 health science educators he was one of the first 40 health science educators in Texas history to receive the University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.

The physician assistant profession is one of the fastest growing in the country and has been repeatedly named by Forbes magazine as the best master’s degree for jobs in the United States. 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. They conduct physical exams, order and interpret medical tests and provide counseling on preventive health care. A PA has at least six years of education: a four-year undergraduate degree and the physician assistant degree. PA students complete more than 2,400 hours of clinical rotations prior to graduation.

The ceremony will be live streamed via the Internet. Those wishing to watch the ceremony online should visit mms:// to view the event.

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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