July 30, 2008 - Today Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) warmly welcomed its second class of students to the beginning of their osteopathic medical education.

The 160 members of the Class of 2012 were greeted Wednesday morning by faculty, staff and members of the LMU-DCOM Inaugural Class. The incoming students will go through a variety of orientation activities over the next two days, with their first class – anatomy – commencing on Friday morning.

Seventy-one students – almost half of the Class of 2012 – hail from LMU-DCOM’s primary service area of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia. This marks a 26% increase in the number of LMU-DCOM students from the tri-state region in just one year. The average age is 26. The class is 52% male and 48% female. Over 2,000 students applied for a spot in the Class of 2012.

“We are excited to have our second class of students arrive at LMU-DCOM,” said Dr. Ray Stowers, vice president and dean. “It will be wonderful to see the mentoring relationships that will develop between our first-year and second-year students as they continue their education.”

The summer has brought growth and improvements at LMU-DCOM in preparation for the fall enrollment. Construction is now underway on the fourth floor of the LMU-DCOM building, which will house the University’s proposed Physician Assistant program, slated to begin in June 2009. The LMU-DCOM Office of Admissions and Student Advancement is expanding its offices on the first floor of the building to accommodate student interviews for both prospective osteopathic medical students as well as prospective physician assistant students. Several new faculty members in both the Basic Medical Sciences as well as the Clinical Medicine departments have been hired. Outside the building, additional parking lots have been paved, patio furniture has been added, and slabs have been poured for bicycle racks.

Many of the members of the Class of 2012 have spent their first few days in the area getting settled at the University Inn Apartments in Cumberland Gap, Tenn. The University converted the Inn into student apartments in 2007 specifically to accommodate the housing needs of the LMU-DCOM students.

Today, the building is a 126-unit apartment complex that many LMU-DCOM students call home. Each apartment is fully furnished, and the rental fee includes utilities, cable television, high-speed internet access and local phone service. Each floor has a community laundry facility and study rooms are available on the fourth floor.

“The University Inn Apartments are a great residence, and the LMU-DCOM students have certainly taken advantage of the opportunity to live there,” said Dr. Jonathan Leo, assistant dean of students. “The students like having all of their needs taken care of with one rental fee. And the Apartments are very convenient to campus.”

Other amenities at the University Inn Apartments include an exercise room with new, state-of-the-art exercise machines, plasma screen televisions with wireless headsets, and a speaker system compatible with iPods and other mp3 devices. The apartments have a newly refinished pool and construction is underway on a covered picnic shelter with patio furniture and barbecue grills. Residents can also enjoy the basketball and volleyball courts on the grounds of the complex.

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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