April 3, 2012 - Following osteopathic Match Day on February 13 and the allopathic Match Day on March 12, members of the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) Class of 2012 now know where they will be going to pursue their first year of residency training. And for a full 80% of the class, that field is in primary care.

This continues a trend begun with the LMU-DCOM inaugural class. Three-fourths of the members of the LMU-DCOM Class of 2011 entered a primary care residency following their graduation. Primary care fields include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN and emergency medicine. The members of the Class of 2012 will be in 130 different residency programs in 27 states.

“As an institution with a strong mission of service to the underserved, we are glad to know that a majority of our graduates will be pursuing those primary care positions that are so critically needed in our region and around the country,” said Ray E. Stowers, D.O., vice president of health sciences and dean of LMU-DCOM. “At the same time we celebrate those that will be pursuing a non primary care position. We are exceedingly proud of all of the students we are about to welcome into the profession as osteopathic physicians.”

Once medical students graduate with their medical degree, they receive further training in their chosen medical specialty in residency programs. Prior to Match Day, medical students select a number of residency programs that they are interested in. They then have the opportunity to apply for these programs and be interviewed for potential acceptance. After that process is complete, both the medical students and the residency programs rank their choices with a central matching service. On Match Day, the results of this process are announced. Two Match Days are held annually – one specifically for osteopathic (D.O.) residency programs and another for allopathic (M.D.) residency programs. Osteopathic medical students like those at LMU-DCOM are eligible to participate in either match. Traditionally, approximately half of all D.O. students match in the osteopathic match and half match in the M.D. match.

LMU-DCOM had the fourth highest match rate within this year’s osteopathic match, behind Michigan State University, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine. This follows a similar trend to 2011, when LMU-DCOM had the second highest osteopathic match rate in the country.

The LMU-DCOM Class of 2012 will celebrate its graduation on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at 10 a.m. in Tex Turner Arena on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn.

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 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

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