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



June 13, 2013 - Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) will hold the White Coat Ceremony for the Physician Assistant Program Class of 2014 on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 10 a.m. in Tex Turner Arena on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Ryan Stanton, president of the Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Stanton received his medical degree from East Tennessee State University’s (ETSU) Quillen College of Medicine and completed his surgical internship at ETSU. He then completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of Kentucky.

Stanton serves as the Director for Public Relations, Media and Education for the MESA Medical Group. He is the Medical Director at the Good Samaritan ER and is an assistant professor of emergency medicine as attending faculty for an Emergency Medicine Residency Program. He also serves as the medical director for Lexington Fire/EMS in Lexington, Ky. Stanton has also been named to the Public/Media Relations Committee for the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). He is one of approximately 30 national spokespeople for ACEP and was named the 2012 Spokesman of the Year for ACEP. As part of this interest, he is the “Doc On Call” for ABC-36 in Lexington, has two podcasts and is frequently featured in local, regional and national media outlets.

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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