April 10, 2013 - Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) will celebrate National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week April 14-20.

NOM Week brings the osteopathic medical profession together to focus on one common goal – increasing awareness of osteopathic medicine and osteopathic physicians, or D.O.s, in communities across the country. NOM Week is an annual event organized by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has issued a proclamation recognizing Osteopathic Medicine Week in the State of Tennessee. The proclamation also recognizes the state’s 836 osteopathic physicians for being dedicated to improving the health of their communities through education and awareness-based efforts, as well as by delivering quality health services. The proclamation also recognizes the approximately 700 osteopathic medical students at LMU-DCOM.

LMU-DCOM Founding Dean Ray E. Stowers, an osteopathic family physician, currently serves as the 2012-2013 President of the AOA. In that capacity, he represents the osteopathic profession nationally and internationally. Stowers is the 116th President of the organization.

LMU-DCOM students will be participating in a Fitness Expo in the parking lots of American Rental and Claiborne 24-7 Fitness on Saturday, April 13 from noon – 4 p.m. LMU-DCOM students and faculty will be offering free health screenings as well as information on osteopathic medicine and NOM week. Prizes will be available.

D.O.s are fully licensed to prescribe medication and practice medicine in all specialty areas, including family practice, surgery and psychiatry. Currently, there are more than 100,000 D.O.s and osteopathic medical students in the United States. D.O.s are trained to consider the health of the whole person and use their hands to help diagnose and treat their patients. They focus on preventive health care by teaching their patients to develop attitudes and lifestyles that don’t just fight illness but also help prevent it.

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 healthcare 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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