July 29, 2009 - Harrogate, Tennessee, July 29, 2008 – On Tuesday Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) warmly welcomed its third class of students to the beginning of their osteopathic medical education.

The 162 members of the Class of 2013 were greeted by faculty and staff and were formally welcomed to osteopathic medical school by Dr. Ray E. Stowers, vice president and dean of LMU-DCOM, and Dr. Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBusk, chairman of the LMU Board of Trustees. The students will go through a variety of orientation activities over the next three days, including meeting with faculty advisors and receiving training on the tablet computers each student is issued upon matriculation. Spouses of the osteopathic medical students will go through their own orientation, meeting with spouses of second and third year class members and getting information on the Student Advocate Association, a spouse and significant others support group. The osteopathic medical students will attend their first class, anatomy, Friday morning.

Seventy-seven students – or 47% of the Class of 2013 – hail from the immediate tri-state region of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia. The average age is 25. The class is 60% male and 40% female. Over 2,339 students applied for a spot in the Class of 2013, the most applicants LMU-DCOM has had to date. There were approximately 15 applications for every seat in the class.

As the first-year osteopathic students start their education, the LMU-DCOM Inaugural Class began a new chapter of its medical education when they began their clinical rotations in June. Third-year osteopathic medical students from LMU-DCOM will be performing clinical rotations at a number of core sites in the Appalachian region during the next year. During clinical rotations, the LMU-DCOM students will spend time studying several medical disciplines, including family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, OB/GYN and behavioral health.

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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