Dr. Patch Adams to Keynote LMU-DCOM 4th Annual CME Conference

Dr. Patch Adams

Dr. Patch Adams, world-renowned speaker on wellness, laughter and humor as well as on health care and health care systems will give the keynote address at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (LMU-DCOM) fourth annual Continuing Medical Education (CME) Conference sponsored by the LMU-DCOM Alumni Association. The conference will take place June 12-14, 2020, at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The event is open to physicians (both DOs and MDs), physician assistants and nurse practitioners.


Adams approaches the issues of personal, community and global health with “zestful exuberance,” according to Time magazine. Adams is a medical doctor, clown, performer, social activist and founder and director of the Gesundheit Institute. He has devoted 30 years to changing America's health care system, a system that he describes as expensive and elitist. He believes that laughter, joy and creativity are an integral part of the healing process and therefore, true health care must incorporate those aspects of life. Additionally, Adams adds to his training as a physician his experience as a street clown. In working with health care and mental health professionals, he explores the relationship between humor and therapy using his unique blend of knowledge, showmanship and hands on teaching techniques.


“Essentials of Clinical Medicine” will cover a variety of topics including gastroenterology, endocrinology, immunization updates, cardiology, neurology, antibiotic updates, dermatology, orthopedics, psychiatry and OB/GYN. Up to 17 hours of CME credit are anticipated to be available.


Adams will deliver his keynote address at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 13. The conference begins with an opening reception on Friday, June 12, at 5 p.m. CME sessions take place from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 13 and from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, June 14.  


Registration rates are $200 for attending physicians; $150 for physician assistants and nurse practitioners; $100 for resident physicians; and $25 for professional students. Register online at http://DCOMalumni.LMUnet.edu/2020CME. Questions may be directed to Amy Drittler, LMU-DCOM director of alumni services, at amy.drittler@LMUnet.edu.


An optional ENT for the Primary Care Practitioner program is available, using demonstrations and realistic learning experiences, that will provide the learner with an appreciation of allergy testing, protocols for evaluating hearing loss and dizziness, Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) and the in-office flexible nasolaryngoscopy procedure. The optional ENT program is an additional $100 per registration for physicians, PAs and NPs.



Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, with an additional location at LMU-Knoxville. LMU-DCOM 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. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7082, email dcom@LMUnet.edu, or visit us online at http://med.LMUnet.edu.

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