Southern Tennessee Regional Health System-Winchester/Sewanee to Serve as Clinical Training Site for Aspiring Physicians

February 19, 2021

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System-Winchester/Sewanee (STRHS Winchester/Sewanee) is pleased to announce its affiliation with Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM). STRHS-Winchester/Sewanee will be a core rotation site to provide clinical training to third- and fourth-year medical students. Twelve students from LMU-DCOM will begin their clinical rotations at STRHS hospitals and physician practices in July of 2021.

“We are excited to partner with LMU-DCOM and look forward to fostering new relationships and providing clinical rotation experience from our talented and knowledgeable medical staff to help prepare the next generation of physicians," said Cliff Wilson, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of STRHS-Winchester/Sewanee. "Our talented providers will have the opportunity to serve as clinical adjunct faculty to LMU-DCOM students to provide comprehensive insight into their respective specialties.”  

STRHS-Winchester/Sewanee physician Dr. Sherri Walker will serve as the Director of Student Medical Education and Corey Foster, Physician Services Market Director, will serve as the local Student Education Coordinator.

LMU-DCOM students in their third and fourth year of medical school complete their medical training in a clinical environment that includes hospital and office-based settings. Students are assigned to their clinical sites after finishing the first two years of medical school.  Students typically live in the community where they are training and often return to practice in that community once their training is completed.  Third-year medical students have the opportunity to train in Behavioral Health, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Family Medicine and Primary Care.  Fourth-year rotations include Emergency Medicine, Rural Outpatient, Medical Selective, and 7-8 months of electives; which the students use to explore their interests and gain exposure to residency training programs.

“Providing quality medical education opportunities for all of our students is of utmost importance. We are grateful for partners like the Southern Tennessee Regional Health System for offering excellent rotation experiences for our students,” said Dr. Brian A. Kessler, vice president and dean of LMU-DCOM.  “We look forward to working with them to continue expanding our clinical training.”

About Southern Tennessee Regional Health System

Part of LifePoint Health, Southern Tennessee Regional Health System (STRHS) is a regional network of hospitals and health care services serving the healthcare needs of communities in the southern Tennessee region with facilities in Winchester, Sewanee, Pulaski, and Lawrenceburg.  The Winchester & Sewanee campus locations provide inpatient and outpatient healthcare services to Franklin County and the surrounding area at its combined 198-bed acute and skilled care facilities and physician practices. STRHS provides quality care in numerous areas, including emergency care, cardiac care, same-day surgery, orthopedics, diagnostics, women's health and rehabilitation services.  For more information, visit


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, or visit us online at