May 17, 2011 - The inaugural class of Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) celebrated the completion of its osteopathic medical education at the school’s first commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2011. Dr. Karen Nichols, president of the American Osteopathic Association, delivered the commencement address. The event marked a milestone in the University’s 114-year history as it graduated its first class of osteopathic physicians.

During the ceremony LMU Chairman of the Board of Trustees Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBusk received the first LMU-DCOM Distinguished Service Award. The Distinguished Service Award is presented to an individual who holds service to humanity close to his or her heart and who has had a significant impact on the health and wellness of those within both the Appalachian region and beyond.

“The countless hours [DeBusk] has contributed to the University as a distinguished alum, board member and benefactor can be seen in the dynamic growth of this institution,” said Vice President of Health Sciences and Dean of LMU-DCOM Ray E. Stowers during the medal presentation. “[DeBusk] is a visionary who has changed the University, the region and the state of health care in America for the better.”

LMU-DCOM opened its doors in 2007. With a full complement of classes and a current student body of more than 600 students, LMU-DCOM has one of the largest medical student enrollments in the state of Tennessee. A full 75% of the LMU-DCOM Class of 2011 will be entering a primary care residency, including the fields of family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN and emergency 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 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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