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LMU-DCOM TO CELEBRATE CLASS OF 2012 GRADUATION



May 7, 2012 - The Class of 2012 of Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) will celebrate the completion of its osteopathic medical education at the school’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m. at Tex Turner Arena on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn. Dr. Norman Gevitz, professor of the history and sociology of medicine at New York Institute of Technology/New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, will deliver the commencement address.

Norman Gevitz, who received his PhD from the University of Chicago, is professor of the history and sociology of medicine at the NYIT/New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is the author of more than 50 publications including The DOs: Osteopathic Medicine in America (2004, 2nd ed.) published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. He has obtained grants from the NIH/National Library of Medicine, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the US Department of Education. He has also been awarded three honorary doctorates and three public service awards. He is currently writing a book on health and healing in 17th century New England and is also working on a 3rd edition of The DOs.

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 LMU-DCOM Class of 2012 is continuing that trend. A full 80% 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, email dcom@lmunet.edu, or visit us online at www.lmunet.edu/dcom.

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