September 19, 2011 - Harrogate, Tennessee, September 19, 2011 – Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) will hold the White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2015 on Saturday, September 24, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in the Tex Turner Arena on the LMU campus in Harrogate, Tenn.

Dr. Maurice Nida, family physician and director of medical education at Wellmont Health System in Big Stone Gap, Va., will be the keynote speaker at Saturday’s event.

Nida earned a bachelor’s degree at Clinch Valley College (now University of Virginia’s College at Wise) in Wise, Va. He received his DO degree from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Nida is a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists. He has served as a faculty member at The University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) and DCOM. In 2006, Nida was awarded the Clinical Medical Educator of the Year from KYCOM. Last year, he received DCOM’s first Preceptor of the Year award.

The White Coat Ceremony is a special ceremony designed to mark a student's entrance into medical school. The first White Coat Ceremony was held in 1993 at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and is now a standard ritual in medical schools across the country. During the Ceremony, each medical student is presented and "robed" with his or her short white laboratory coat, formalizing and welcoming the student's entrance into the study of medicine.

The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. 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 healthcare in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7082, e-mail, or visit us online at

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