May 9, 2011 - The inaugural class of Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) will celebrate the completion of its osteopathic medical education at the school’s first commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m. at Tex Turner Arena on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn. Dr. Karen Nichols, president of the American Osteopathic Association, will deliver the commencement address. The event marks a milestone in the University’s 114-year history as it graduates its first class of osteopathic physicians.

“Our first graduation day has been our most anticipated event since we opened our doors in 2007,” said Dr. Ray E. Stowers, vice president of health sciences and dean of LMU-DCOM. “We congratulate our inaugural class members and wish them well in their residencies. I am anxious to see the impact our students have on the health care issues facing our region and our country.”

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. The school was the brainchild of Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBusk, chairman of the LMU Board of Trustees, who had long envisioned a medical school at his alma mater. By opening an osteopathic medical school, the University continued its long tradition of service to those in need. The majority of osteopathic physicians have historically entered into a primary care field upon graduation, and the inaugural class of LMU-DCOM is continuing that trend. A full 75% of the graduating class will be entering a primary care residency upon receipt of their doctor of osteopathic medicine degree, 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, e-mail, or visit us online at

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