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Harrogate, Tennessee – The Inaugural Class of Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) began a new chapter of its medical education when students begin their clinical rotations this week.

Third-year osteopathic medical students from LMU-DCOM will be performing clinical rotations at a number of core sites in the Appalachian region during the next year. These sites include: Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tenn.; Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville, Tenn.; East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville, Tenn.; Hazard ARH Hospital in Hazard, Ky.; Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.; Lee Regional, Lonesome Pine and Mountain View Hospitals in southwest Virginia; Morristown Hamblen Hospital in Morristown, Tenn.; Norton Community Hospital in Norton, Va.; St. Mary’s Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn.; Sweetwater Hospital Association in Sweetwater, Tenn.; and participating sites within the Alabama Medical Education Consortium.

During clinical rotations, the LMU-DCOM students will spend time studying several medical disciplines, including family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, OB/GYN and behavioral health. Core rotations sites act as a hub for the osteopathic medical students in rotation, providing a central location for the majority of these disciplines. Some core sites will be working in partnership with other hospitals or clinics to provide certain rotations to the LMU-DCOM students. Osteopathic medical students will also be seen in Chota Community Health Services in Madisonville, Tenn.; Frontier Health in Kingsport, Tenn. and Big Stone Gap, Va.; Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn.; Plateau Mental Health Center in Cookeville, Tenn.; and Woods Memorial Hospital in Etowah, Tenn.

Osteopathic medical school, like allopathic medical school, consists of two years of intensive on-campus study in preclinical sciences, including anatomy, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology and virology. The next two years of medical school are spent in clinical rotations consisting of hospital and office-based training. During clinical rotations, students are supervised day-to-day by physicians working at each rotation site. Students also continue to be supervised and graded by LMU-DCOM faculty as well.

“The rotations experience has a great impact on any medical student,” said Dr. Ray Stowers, vice president and dean of LMU-DCOM, “and we are pleased to be educational partners with our rotation sites. This is a time when students get real-life exposure to the various medical disciplines and begin to form their individual career paths. Rotations is a key component of medical education, and could not be accomplished without the cooperation of our clinical sites and the physicians and support staff at each.”

“From day one of medical school we have been waiting for clinical rotations,” said Tim Scott, a third-year osteopathic medical student from Toledo, Ohio. “For the last two years I have received training that, in my opinion, is second to none, and I can’t wait to start applying all of the information I have learned.” Scott is in rotations at Lonesome Pine Hospital in Norton, Va.

The LMU-DCOM Inaugural Class began their medical education in August 2007 and will graduate in May 2011. As the Inaugural Class leaves the LMU-DCOM campus in Harrogate, Tenn., a new class of first-year osteopathic medical students will be matriculating into medical school on July 28, 2009. LMU-DCOM received 2,339 applications for the class of 2013, meaning there were almost 15 applicants for every seat in the class.

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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