June 13, 2011 - Harrogate, Tennessee – Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) will hold the White Coat Ceremony for the Physician Assistant Program Class of 2012 on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at 10 a.m. in the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center in the Duke Hall of Citizenship on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn.

Charles Moxin, past president of the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants, will be the keynote speaker. Moxin began his health care career in the United States Army. He served from 1972 to 1989 and held multiple positions while being promoted from private to Chief Warrant Officer. He served in the Army Medical Department and the Army Recruiting Command. Moxin received his Bachelor of Science degree in health care management from Southern Illinois University in 1989 and his advanced pharmacology degree from Alderson-Broaddus College in 1997. In 1999 he completed his MPAS in family medicine at the University of Nebraska. Since 1993 Moxin has served as a physician assistant in private practice in the San Antonio, Texas, area.

The first White Coat Ceremony was held in 1993 at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and is now a standard ritual in physician assistant programs as well as allopathic and osteopathic medical schools across the country. The White Coat Ceremony is an important, public demonstration of a student’s commitment to patient care and professionalism. During the Ceremony, each physician assistant student is presented and “robed” with his or her short white laboratory coat. The Ceremony is considered to be a rite of passage, in that an individual has demonstrated the qualities and abilities to provide competent care and can move on to the next phase of his or her training.

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 health care professionals 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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