July 29, 2013 - The Class of 2013 of the Physician Assistant Program at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) will celebrate its commencement on Saturday, August 3, at 10 a.m. at the Tex Turner Arena on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn. Rex Hobbs, associate program director for the Physician Assistant Department at Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss., will serve as keynote speaker.

Prior to his current position Hobbs was part of the team that helped to establish the LMU-DCOM PA Program, acting first as the didactic director and then program director until June 2013. Over Hobbs’ twenty-year career as a physician assistant he worked extensively in rural family medicine before transitioning into academia. Hobbs is an active member of state and national professional organizations in which he has served on numerous committees and board of directors. He has been active in aiding the development of the physician assistant profession in Australia where he is a current member in the Australian Society of Physician Assistants.

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 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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