Gina DeFranco, DO
Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Family Medicine
Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Gina DeFranco, Associate Professor, is Vice Chair of Family Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. She graduated from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2002, and completed specialty training at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine – Chattanooga. She has taught family medicine residents while practicing medicine, including low-risk obstetrics. Her experience encompasses both the inpatient and outpatient setting as a rural family physician. She currently teaches clinical skills, possessing significant experience in simulation and standardized patient encounter development. She is a past president of the Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Research and practice wisdom demonstrate that health outcomes require more than simply prescribing the right medication for a disease. A wide variety of patient, family, caregiver, and community factors ranging from medication costs to high risk home situations may hinder desired outcomes and even lead to premature death. A pilot project was developed by health professions faculty from two schools to teach social determinants of health outcomes. Programs involved included pharmacy (PharmD), medical (PA, DO), nursing (FNP), social work (BSSW), and physical therapy (DPT). The pilot utilized…