April 15, 2011 - Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) is celebrating National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week April 17-23.

NOM Week brings the osteopathic medical profession together to focus on one common goal – increasing awareness of osteopathic medicine and osteopathic physicians, or D.O.s, in communities across the country. NOM Week is an annual event organized by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

D.O.s are fully licensed to prescribe medication and practice medicine in all specialty areas, including family practice, surgery and psychiatry. Currently, there are more than 67,000 D.O.s in the United States. D.O.s are trained to consider the health of the whole person and use their hands to help diagnose and treat their patients. They focus on preventive health care by teaching their patients to develop attitudes and lifestyles that don’t just fight illness but also help prevent it.

LMU-DCOM will graduate its first class of osteopathic physicians on May 14, 2011. Following graduation, 75 percent of the Class of 2011 will be pursuing a residency program in a primary care field, including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN and emergency medicine. The students will be in 87 different residency programs in 29 states.

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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