July 29, 2010 - The members of the Physician Assistant (PA) Program inaugural class at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) began their clinical rotations on July 26.

The PA students will pursue clinical rotations in sites both within the Appalachian region and beyond. Most rotations are located in Tennessee, although students have options to pursue rotations in various locations throughout the United States. One rotation site of note is Griffin Hospital in Derby, Conn., where PA students will be mentored through their rotations by teaching faculty from Yale.

“We are extremely excited to have the students from the inaugural class begin their rotations,” said Michelle Heinan, assistant dean and director of the Physician Assistant Program. “I know they have been waiting for rotations to begin for a long time and have worked hard to get to this point. We all know they will do a great job and will represent the program well.”

“It is our hope that, following their rotations, the students will be able to stay in this region as practicing PAs to help address the health care needs of these communities,” said Heinan.

The PA 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 health 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, e-mail, or visit us online at

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