September 22, 2009 - Harrogate, Tennessee, September 22, 2009 – Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) will hold the White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2013 on Saturday, September 26, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. in the Tex Turner Arena on the LMU campus in Harrogate, Tenn.

Dr. Boyd Buser, vice president and dean of the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, Ky., will be the keynote speaker. In August, Buser was named interim president of Pikeville College.

Buser is a graduate of Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and is dually board certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Osteopathic Association and the Board of Directors of the Osteopathic International Alliance. Buser is a past Chairman of the Board of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. In 2007, he was elected by the American Medical Association Board of Trustees to a position on the Current Procedural Terminology Editorial Panel, the first osteopathic physician to be so elected.

In 1995, Buser served as President of the American Academy of Osteopathy. He was named Educator of the Year by the American Osteopathic Association in 1994. Buser has received many other honors throughout his career, including distinguished service awards from the Maine Osteopathic Association in 1996 and 2007.

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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