April 8, 2010 - Harrogate, Tennessee, April 9, 2010 – Physician Assistant (PA) Program students at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) will be training in two hospitals within the Yale University School of Medicine teaching system beginning this summer.

Griffin Hospital in Derby, Conn., and Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Conn., will both serve as clinical rotation sites for the inaugural class of PA students. The LMU-DCOM PA students will experience internal medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, OB/GYN and emergency medicine rotations at Griffin Hospital and general surgery, orthopedic surgery, OB/GYN and pediatrics rotations at Norwalk Hospital. PA students will be mentored through their rotations by teaching faculty from Yale.

“Abraham Lincoln once said, ‘I will prepare, and some day my chance will come.’ This is an opportunity or ‘chance’ of a lifetime,” said David Metcalf, director of clinical education for the PA Program. “Our students will get to train within the Yale School of Medicine hospital system, alongside PA and MD/DO residents and faculty.”

A 160 bed acute care community hospital in the heart of the lower Naugatuck Valley, Griffin Hospital has over 200 active and courtesy physicians who have admitting privileges. Griffin is also a Planetree Affiliate hospital. Planetree is a consumer health care organization dedicated to humanizing health care. The Planetree, or sycamore tree, is the tree under which Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine, sat when he began teaching his medical students many centuries ago. With this same commitment to education, Planetree at Griffin Hospital was created in 1992 to support individuals who wish to learn more about health care and medicine in order to become active participants in their own care.

Norwalk Hospital is a 328-bed, not-for-profit, acute care community hospital that serves a population of 250,000 in lower Fairfield County, Conn. In addition to serving as a teaching facility for the Yale University School of Medicine, Norwalk Hospital also provides advanced fellowship programs for physicians in gastroenterology, pulmonary medicine and sleep medicine. Many of the Hospital’s physicians engage in research designed to provide patients with new treatments.
The PA students will begin their clinical rotations on July 26, 2010. 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 LMU-DCOM and is an integral part of the health professions education taking place in the LMU-DCOM building.

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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