October 4, 2010 - Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will participate in National Physician Assistant (PA) Week, October 6 to October 12.

The theme for this year’s National PA week is “Celebrating PAs Who Transform Health Care.” 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. Approximately 75,000 physician assistants work in almost all medical settings and specialties across the country.

The PA students will be attending the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants annual FallFest in Gatlinburg, Tenn., during PA week. At the conference they will attend lectures and participate in activities with PAs from across the state. Some students will moderate lectures for the conference. They will also be treated to a lunch by the PA faculty and staff during PA week.

The PA Program at LMU is housed and administered by the LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM). The PA Program is an integral part of the health professions education taking place in the LMU-DCOM building. Medical school faculty members teach many of the PA Program courses and the PA students have full use of the building’s high quality learning labs.

The PA Program at LMU-DCOM has recently been awarded a $1.9 million federal grant by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The five-year grant will support the PA Program and allow the program to recruit students and provide them with a stipend. Students chosen to receive a stipend will be selected based on designated criteria, including their commitment to becoming primary health care providers.

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 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, e-mail, or visit us online at

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