April 14, 2008 - First-year osteopathic medical students from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) visited students in the EDGE after school program at Ellen Myers Primary School in Harrogate last week to help students answer the question: “What’s in a Doctor’s Bag?”

Members of the LMU-DCOM Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), including Walter Saba, Aaron Fielden and Jennifer Ralston, talked to the students about various items they may have already encountered or will encounter during a visit to the doctor’s office. Carrying their own doctor’s equipment, the medical students showed the children six different tools, from the stethoscope to the sphygmomanometer (more commonly called a blood pressure cuff). This last piece of physician’s equipment turned out to be the children’s favorite, with the Ellen Myers’ students challenging Ralston to write the name on the board “without looking.”

Members of LMU-DCOM SOMA hope to continue visiting area schools with the “What’s in a Doctor’s Bag?” program to educate children on the different tools a doctor uses and hopefully allay any fears children may have about going to the doctor.

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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