The University of Lynchburg Doctor of Medical Science behavioral medicine concentration is specifically tailored for PAs engaged in behavioral 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 mental health disorders. It delves into understanding the contributing factors to these disorders and explores the future trajectory of behavioral medicine. As part of this program, students will hone critical thinking and clinical skills.
Designed to accommodate both those already immersed in the psychiatry field and those venturing from other medical domains, the track offers personalized levels of study. By doing so, it aims to challenge and enrich the knowledge of graduate students.
Graduates from this track are equipped to pursue the Psychiatry Certificate of Added Qualifications which prepares graduates for roles in behavioral medicine at both executive and clinical levels and assume leadership positions in the field. The program is structured to provide a comprehensive and nuanced understanding of behavioral medicine, fostering the development of skills and knowledge necessary for success in a dynamic and evolving healthcare landscape.
“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 health care 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 behavioral health care
- Develop professional medical writing skills to advance the PA profession.
Behavioral Medicine Plan of Study
October and April Enrollment
First 12-week academic term (10 credits):
Second 12-week academic term (10 credits):
Third 12-week academic term (10 credits):
Fourth 12-week academic term (7 credits)