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Lincoln Memorial University (DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine)

The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond.

School name:Lincoln Memorial UniversityDeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Address:6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway, Harrogate, Tennessee
Zip & city:37752 Tennessee
Phone:(423) 869-3611

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DCOM's curriculum is a four-year, full-time academic and clinical program leading to granting the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO). The curriculum will stress the interdependence of the biological, clinical, behavioral and social sciences. The emphasis will be on educating physicians for primary care medicine, employing the distinctive osteopathic principles for the maintenance of health and treatment of disease. The curriculum is divided into two phases: 1. PRE-CLINICAL SCIENCES (YEARS 1 AND 2) A modified organ system approach to curricular organization was chosen by the Curriculum Committee over a discipline based model because the basic biological science principles and concepts presented in the Anatomy, Molecular Fundamentals of Medicine I & II courses can be expanded in the context of each particular organ system. The preclinical sciences presented in each organ system include anatomy, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, and virology; however, as opposed to a discipline approach, these preclinical domains are better integrated with the clinical sciences from within each system as clinical perspectives are offered from the viewpoint of both the primary care physician and the respective specialist. This affords the student an improved understanding and integration/correlation of course materials as clinical considerations are presented and integrated with the practical application of the basic science principles. Using this curricular paradigm, the basic science concepts, which are the foundation for the understanding of clinical situations, can be readily comprehended by the student. 2. CLINICAL EXPERIENCES (YEARS 3 AND 4) The clinical years (3rd and 4th) will consist of hospital and office based training. Entry into any third year rotations requires successful completion of the entire course of study of the second year. During the third year, the student will be assigned to a core rotational hub site. Each hub site will be centered on a carefully selected hospital with sufficient resources to provide the third year curricular plan. The core hospital experience within the hub site will consist of: • 4 weeks of Behavioral Health • 8 weeks of Internal Medicine • 4 weeks of General Surgery • 4 weeks of Obstetrics/Gynecology • 4 weeks of Pediatrics • 4 weeks of Family Medicine (near the core hospital experience) • Selectives • Electives • Vacation The fourth year curriculum is intended to build on the foundational experience provided in the third year. These experiences are in settings where more demands for independence can be expected of the senior medical student. The required rotations include: • Community Hospital I & II • Emergency Medicine • Rural Primary Care • Selectives • Electives • Vacation A primary care physician must be skilled in problem solving and demonstrate expertise in diagnosis. In order to achieve this goal, the DCOM curricula emphasizes the integration of the basic and clinical sciences in medical practice.

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