October 22, 2007 - HARROGATE, TN, October 22, 2007 – Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) held a series of events on Saturday, October 20, 2007, to celebrate the opening of Tennessee’s newest medical school.

The day began with the White Coat Ceremony for LMU-DCOM’s Inaugural Class, the Class of 2011. Dr. Peter B. Ajluni, president of the American Osteopathic Association, served as the keynote speaker. Additional speakers included Dr. Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBusk, chairman of the LMU Board of Trustees; Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of LMU; Dr. Ray Stowers, vice president and dean of LMU-DCOM; and Dr. Robert Crook, president of the Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association.

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

At noon the LMU-DCOM Building Dedication Ceremony was held on the South Patio of the new medical school. The Honorable Zach Wamp, Congressman for the Third District in Tennessee, was the keynote speaker. Additional remarks were made by The Honorable John Duncan, Congressman for the Second District in Tennessee. Additional speakers included DeBusk, Moody, Stowers and Sam A. Mars, Jr., first vice chairman of the LMU Board of Trustees and chairman of the Executive Committee.

Throughout the afternoon the LMU-DCOM building was open for public tours. The day ended with an outdoor concert and barbeque featuring the music of Calypso band Carib Sounds of Knoxville.

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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