Rick Slaven, MPS, NRP, CCP is the Director of Students and Academic Advancement at the Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (DCOM). In that role, he is responsible for the academic and professional progress of a student body of more than 400 students per class. Slaven, a licensed critical care paramedic, has presented at more than 200 local, state, and national conferences. He has also served on committees for the Tennessee Board of EMS, the National Association of EMS Educators, and the Tennessee EMS Educators Association. Rick is a three-time winner of the highest award given to a staff/faculty member of DCOM. His doctoral coursework has focused on the human element of healthcare and why providers sometimes exhibit less than professional behavior.
Rick has been inducted into Omricon Delta Kapp (ODK) as well as the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS). A Middle Tennessee State University graduate, Slaven also holds a Certificate of Student Well-being, Trauma, and Reliance from Florida State University. In 2021, the Arnold Gold Foundation recognized Rick as a Gold Foundation Champion of Humanistic Care for his work during the COVID pandemic.