October 14, 2008 - Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) will hold the White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2012 on Saturday, October 18, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. in the Tex Turner Arena on the LMU campus in Harrogate, Tenn.

Dr. William G. Anderson, past president of the American Osteopathic Association, will be the keynote speaker. Anderson served as president of the organization from 1994-1995 and holds the distinction of being the first African-American to hold that office.

Anderson currently serves as vice president for academic affairs and osteopathic medical education at Detroit Medical Center and associate dean for the Michigan region at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He received his bachelor’s degree from Alabama State University in Montgomery and his osteopathic degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship at Flint Osteopathic Hospital in Flint, Michigan, and his residency in general surgery at Art Center Hospital in Detroit. Anderson is a diplomate in the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery and a fellow in the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Anderson is known for his significant contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. In 1961 he founded and served as the first director of the Albany Movement, a desegregation coalition in Albany, Georgia. Anderson is also a former director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy and other civil rights pioneers. In 2004, Anderson and his wife, Norma, published "Autobiographies of a Black Couple of the Greatest Generation," a memoir of their experiences during the 1960s.

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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