HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Class of 2014 of the Physician Assistant Program at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) celebrated its commencement on Aug. 9, at the Tex Turner Arena on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn.
Dr. Stanley J. Kurek Jr., chief of trauma, acute care surgery and surgical critical care for Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Ft. Pierce, Fla., delivered the commencement address.
The physician assistant profession is one of the fastest growing health professions in the country and has been repeatedly named by Forbes magazine as the best master’s degree for jobs in the United States.
A physician assistant is educated in the medical model. PAs are nationally certified to 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. They conduct physical exams, order and interpret medical tests and provide counseling on preventive health care.
A PA has at least six years of education: a four-year undergraduate degree and the master’s-level physician assistant degree. PA students complete more than 2,400 hours of clinical rotations prior to graduation.