October 2, 2009 - Harrogate, Tennessee, October 2, 2009 – Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is celebrating National Physician Assistant Week.

National Physician Assistant Week is observed each year from October 6 to October 12. The theme for this year’s National PA week is “PAs for a Healthy America.” National PA Week is intended to support, celebrate, highlight and recognize the significant impact PAs have made and continue to make in health care. It is an opportunity to promote public awareness of the physician assistant profession and to salute the outstanding growth of the PA workforce.

On Tuesday, October 6, the faculty, staff and students of the PA Program will celebrate at an on-campus lunch attended by Harrogate Mayor Bill Fultz. While at LMU, Mayor Fultz will read and sign a proclamation designating October 6-October 12 as Physician Assistant Week in the city of Harrogate.

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 PA Program’s inaugural class began its academic career at LMU in May. The program is a full-time, 27-month program that leads to the Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies. The program is housed and administered by the LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM). A majority of the class is from Tennessee and Kentucky. The rest are from the Appalachian region or have ties to the region.

The PA Program is an integral part of the health professions education taking place in the LMU-DCOM building. Medical school faculty teach many of the PA Program courses and the PA students have full use of the building’s high quality learning labs.

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 healthcare in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7082, e-mail, or visit us online at

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Amy Drittler
Associate Director of Marketing and Public Relations Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
(423) 869-7108
(423) 869-7078 (fax)

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