August 9, 2013 - Rick Slaven, director of the Center for Simulation and Training at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate, Tenn., has received the EMS Educator of the Year Award from the Tennessee EMS Education Association (TEMSEA).

To be eligible for the award, the recipient must be in his or her third year of full-time teaching in Tennessee, must maintain high academic achievement standards, must maintain professional and academic rapport with colleagues and students, must maintain a stimulating learning environment, must initialize a creative teaching methodology, must be able to provide evidence of college and community service, must be able to demonstrate use of innovative classroom presentation skills and must be known for a positive, caring and inspiring attitude.

Slaven holds a master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University and is currently pursuing his Ed.D. from LMU. Slaven is a critical care paramedic with over 16 years of field experience and was a member of the critical care test development team for the Tennessee Division of EMS. He has presented at over 30 conferences throughout the southeast and is a respected lecturer. Slaven is a member of the national registry of EMTs, the Tennessee EMS Educators Association and the National Association of EMS Educators.

TEMSEA is a 501(c) (6) non-profit professional association committed to educator development, growth, academic achievement, leadership and professional EMS and EMS Education in Tennessee. TEMSEA works closely with the Tennessee Department of Health EMS Division to provide educator development and advocate legislation and regulations that promote EMS and EMS Education growth and development.

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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