September 17, 2013 - Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) will hold the White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 201 on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in the Tex Turner Arena on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn.

Dr. Howard S. Teitelbaum, professor and chair of preventive medicine at LMU-DCOM, will serve as keynote speaker. Teitelbaum received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Mich., and completed his residency at the Yale University School of Medicine. He also holds a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University, a PhD and MA from Michigan State University and a BS from California State Polytechnic College in Pomona, Calif.

Teitelbaum has held teaching and administrative posts at Yale University School of Medicine, the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Michigan State University. He has also served as a senior research fellow at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, where he completed a study of the curricula at all the colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States.

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 has received the Clinical Professor of the Year award from LMU-DCOM students five times in the past six years and received LMU’s Houston Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010. Teitelbaum has been named to the American Osteopathic Association’s Mentor Hall of Fame every year since 1995. In 2011 Teitelbaum received the George W. Northup Educator of the Year Award from the national Student Osteopathic Medical Association. In 2013 he was named a Distinguished Fellow in the American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine.

The White Coat Ceremony is a special ceremony designed to mark a student's entrance into medical school. 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 medical schools across the country. During the Ceremony, each medical student is presented and "robed" with his or her short white laboratory coat, formalizing and welcoming the student's entrance into the study of 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 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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