The University of Lynchburg Doctor of Medical Science addiction medicine concentration is specifically tailored for PAs engaged in addiction medicine as well as those operating in other medical fields. This comprehensive program entails 37 credit hours, inclusive of crucial courses such as evidence-based medicine and the doctoral project, allowing full-time students to complete the degree within four terms or 12 months.
Our curriculum places a strong emphasis on key areas related to addiction and mental health disorders. It delves into understanding the contributing factors to these disorders and explores the future trajectory of addiction medicine. As part of this program, students will hone critical thinking and clinical skills.
Tailored to accommodate both professionals already engaged in the addiction field and those venturing from other specialties, the concentration offers personalized levels of study. This approach is designed to challenge and enrich the knowledge of students, ensuring a well-rounded preparation in addiction medicine.
Graduates from this concentration are well-prepared to work in addiction medicine, both in executive and clinical roles, and to serve as advocates for addiction issues and policy. The program aims to equip PAs with the skills and knowledge necessary to make a meaningful impact in the dynamic and evolving field of addiction medicine.
“I am excited to be able to participate in the initiation of two new concentrations within the DMSc program at the University of Lynchburg. The Behavioral Medicine and Addiction Medicine concentrations are being implemented to help address the shortage of healthcare providers within those specialties. Mental health related services have been identified as one of the areas of greatest need currently and over the next decade. Our concentrations will prepare graduates who are working in psychiatry or addiction medicine and those who are not currently working in those areas to increase their knowledge of mental health and addiction disorders.”
– James R. Kilgore, DMSc, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA
Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
- Apply advanced and specialized knowledge in Behavioral Medicine beyond general practice by focusing on the following competencies:
- Medical knowledge
- Patient care
- Interpersonal and communication skills
- Systems-based practice
- Practice-based learning and improvement
- Professionalism and leadership in the addiction medicine field
- Design, develop, and execute clinical care that improves outcomes for patients seeking care for addiction and related disorders
- Develop professional medical writing skills to advance the PA profession.
Addiction Medicine Plan of Study
October and April Enrollment
First 12-week term (10 credits):
Second 12-week academic term (10 credits)
Third 12-week academic term (10 credits):
Fourth 12-week academic term (7 credits):