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We’re #2!

18 Aug

During the last test cycle (April to June 2011) for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board Certification (BOC) 92 universities had medical technology graduates take the exam. Guess where the LMU program was ranked among the 92? Well, if you read the headline you already know the answer to the question so it’s not much of a game. But nevertheless, the Lincoln Memorial University Medical Technology graduates tied for the second highest pass rate in terms of highest composite score. Yep WE’RE #2!! And that is not #2 in the region or #2 in Tennessee; that is #2 in all of the U.S. of A!

Even more impressive is the fact that the LMU Medical Technology Program has had a 100% pass rate on the ASCP BOC dating back to 2005. If you’re math-challenged, that is six straight years of perfect pass rates.

The Class of 2011 composite class average of 648 bested the national average of 408 by 140 points. A minimum of 400 points is needed to pass the exam. The highest score recorded by a member of the LMU Class of 2011 was 748, a new program record.

LMU Medical Technology Class of 2011 Front row (L-R): Selena Long, Shasta Stewart, Jessica Colont, Adam Price and Derek Richards. Back row (L-R): Dr. Mark Camblin, adjunct faculty member in the LMU Medical Technology Program, Kenny Nicley, Brittany Cox, Breanna Felton, Dr. Bill Engle, director of the LMU Medical Technology Program and Steve Edwards, clinical supervisor of the LMU Medical Technology program.

So sure, the Class of 2011 did really good on this test, but I’m sure some of you are wondering, what is medical technology? And what do you do with a medical technology degree? A medical technology degree will prepare you for a career as a clinical laboratory scientist performing and interpreting a wide variety of tests–from simple blood glucose checks to more complex analysis necessary for diagnosing and treating pathological states.  Still not sure what I’m talking about? Think of any medical drama on TV when an attending tells a resident to run another panel or asks for pathology results or looks at a patient’s chart for a nutrient level. In the real world, those findings come from a lab which is run by medical technology graduates.


LMU Medical Technology Graduate and third year osteopathic medical student Souleymane Diallo.

Not all med tech grads end up in the lab. The Medical Technology Program is one program within LMU’s Division of Health Sciences and is one of many health professions programs at LMU aimed at easing the looming medical crisis in Appalachia’s medically underserved region. The curriculum of a medical technology program prepares its graduates for the rigors of post graduate medical education including medical school or physician assistant programs. The program also serves as a feeder of sorts for the LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and the LMU-DCOM Physician Assistant program. Several LMU Med Tech graduates are currently pursuing advanced degrees in both programs. For example, Souleymane Diallo, a 2009 graduate, is currently a third-year osteopathic medical student at LMU-DCOM.  While at LMU-DCOM he has picked up back-to-back student of the year awards.


 I have already covered the outstanding job prospects for physician assistant graduates (https://abesquare.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/degree-job-there-is-no-sure-bet-but-this-one-is-close). Medical technology graduates can expect similar opportunities. Though the shortage of trained and qualified laboratory technologists and technicians can put patients’ lives at risk just like the shortages of primary care physicians and nurses, it has not gained as much attention. In the state of Tennessee, LMU is just one of only five accredited medical technology programs. LMU Program Director Bill Engle said that lab managers in the region rely on LMU graduates to staff their labs and that graduates have as many as six job offers before and immediately following graduation.

Did I mention that LMU has an excellent Medical Technology Program?

Math and Science, but that is not all.

3 Aug

The sound of heavy equipment operating on the campus of LMU is nothing new.  The beep, beep, beep of dump trucks backing up often slices through a serene morning. It seems there has been at least one active building site on campus since the Pope, Mitchell and Dishner residence halls were constructed in 2004.

Not merely an illusion, the University has been moving mountains, pushing dirt and preparing sites for the past six years. The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2011/aug/01/powered-by-local-businessman-lincoln-memorial/) has pointed out the University’s business savvy in keeping the heavy equipment on campus busy with future plans. It has also come in handy once projects finally get off the ground. An example of that would be the three new residence halls that are now under construction. Just weeks ago there was no activity on the site, which was prepared during the construction of the initial two residence halls, Langley and Shelton Halls. Today, the footers of the three new halls have been poured and a crew is busy laying each foundation.

I often tell people who ask about our rapid expansion that “when we move, we move quickly.” For everyone who was on campus during the building of the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (DCOM) in 2006-07, that was certainly the case. Of course, with a class of eager medical students ready to start in July of 2007, we didn’t have much choice.

The construction of the Math and Science building has been a little less frantic. The build has been planned to take 18 months with an occupancy goal of next summer and classes beginning in the Fall of 2012.

Rendering of the LMU Math and Science Building currently under construction.

Since the initial planning phase for the $24 million building, the goal to create a state-of-the-art learning facility for math and science curriculums has been paramount. The new building will contain an impressive amount of undergraduate laboratory space, accommodating biology, chemistry, physics and even athletic training lab classes. In addition to multiple smaller auditoria, the building will boast LMU’s largest lecture hall, a state-of-the-art learning facility that can accommodate up to 400 students. A large student lounge will be at the ready not only for student’s leisure time, but for campus events as well. The facility promises to be the most advanced undergraduate science facility in the immediate region.

 However, it would be a mistake to leave it at undergraduate math and science. The massive four-story building will be 120,000 square feet -to give you some prospective LMU’s largest building, DCOM, is 105,000 square feet.

With all of this room, the building will become a hub for all of the health professions and sciences on campus.  Indeed, the Caylor School of Nursing is slated to move in along with the Post-baccalaureate Medical Science Program and the proposed College of Veterinary and Comparative Medicine. Additionally, among the labs installed will be a much larger anatomy lab for use by the DO and PA programs. The new lab will be a suite of four individual anatomy labs to accommodate multiple classes at any one time, and will at least quadruple the anatomy capacity of the current DCOM building. And let’s not forget research space. Plans also include plenty of research space, including a microscopy lab.

With nearly a full year of construction ahead, the facility is already taking shape as the roof structure is beginning to be put into place and brick has started to adorn the exterior.  Covering math, science, nursing, osteopathic medicine and veterinary medicine, it is easy to say this building is going to have everything but the kitchen sink, although it is sure to have plenty of those too!