May 29, 2012 - The Military Health Professions Scholarship Program participants within the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) Class of 2012 received their military promotions at a ceremony on May 12.

United States Air Force physicians who were promoted included Capt. William Goncharow and Capt. Joel Smithers.

United States Army physicians who were promoted included Capt. Steven Bednarczyk, Capt. Meredith Corzine, Capt. Nathan Jansen, Capt. Alexander Malloy, Capt. Aaron Roberts and Capt. Ahmad Yassin.

United States Navy physicians who were promoted included Lt. Hillary Chace, Lt. David Feaker, Lt. Jennifer Ottino, Lt. Christopher Perry and Lt. Jenny Smith.

The keynote address was provided by Gabe Polk, DO, MAJ/MC. Polk is currently an osteopathic emergency department physician in Waynesboro, Tenn., and president of the Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association. He received his bachelor of science in nursing degree from Harding University and his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. He serves as a medical officer in the Tennessee Army National Guard Medical Command and has served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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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Caption: Gabe Polk, DO, MAJ/MC, administers the Oath of Office during the promotion of the LMU-DCOM military graduates.

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