September 4, 2009 - Harrogate, Tennessee, September 4, 2009 – Last week osteopathic medical students and physician assistant students at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) gathered for an afternoon of reflection and remembrance for the body donors who make the study of human anatomy possible.

The first Body Donor Memorial Candlelight Vigil was held outside the LMU-DCOM building on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn., and was attended by students, faculty, staff and guests. The program included inspirational readings and songs performed by the students as well as comments from Dr. Ray Stowers, vice president and dean of LMU-DCOM, Dr. Neal Cross, professor and chair of anatomy at LMU-DCOM, and Dr. Ray Penn, LMU chaplain. The focal point of the Vigil was the candle lighting ceremony in memory of the body donors. The service concluded with a lone bagpiper playing “Amazing Grace.” The solemn event will be held annually.

Both osteopathic medical students and physician assistant students at LMU-DCOM study anatomy, which is the cornerstone of medical education. Individuals may choose to participate in a body donation program in which they may leave their body to an educational institution following their death to help enable anatomical study.

“Without body donation programs, detailed anatomical study would be impossible,” said Cross. “The students and faculty have the utmost respect for those that choose body donation.”

Body donation programs, including the one at LMU-DCOM, are administered with great care for the donor and his or her family. All information is confidential, and donors are never identified by name to students.

The recent Memorial Vigil was organized by the LMU-DCOM Class of 2012. In addition, the Class of 2012 has chosen to erect a Memorial Park as its class project. The Park will be located near the LMU-DCOM building and will be a peaceful place for reflection for students, faculty and staff.

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

- 30 –

Caption: Heather Stooksbury, a second year osteopathic medical student at LMU-DCOM, lights fellow second year student Tyson Sloan’s candle during the Body Donor Memorial Candlelight Vigil.

<< previous page