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PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM AT LMU-DCOM TO HOLD WHITE COAT CEREMONY



June 26, 2012 - Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) will hold the White Coat Ceremony for the Physician Assistant Program Class of 2013 on Saturday, June 30, 2012, at 10 a.m. in Tex Turner Arena on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Howard S. Teitelbaum, professor of preventative medicine at LMU-DCOM. Teitelbaum received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Mich. He also holds a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University, a Ph.D. and M.A. from Michigan State University and a BS from California State Polytechnic College in Pomona, Calif.

Teitelbaum has received numerous teaching awards during his career as a medical educator, including Professor of the Year at Yale University in the Department of Epidemiology. He received a Clinical Professor of the Year award from LMU-DCOM students for four years running and received LMU’s Houston Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010. In 1995 he was selected for the American Osteopathic Association’s Mentor Hall of Fame. In 2011 Teitelbaum received the George W. Northup Educator of the Year Award from the national Student Osteopathic Medical Association.

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 dcom@lmunet.edu, or visit us online at www.lmunet.edu/dcom.

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