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LMU-DCOM CELEBRATES CLASS OF 2013 AT ANNUAL WHITE COAT CEREMONY



September 26, 2009 - Harrogate, Tennessee, September 26, 2009 – Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) formally welcomed the Class of 2013 into its study of osteopathic medicine at its annual White Coat Ceremony on Saturday.

More than 1,000 people gathered to celebrate LMU-DCOM’s third class of students. Dr. Boyd Buser, vice president and dean of the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, Ky., was the keynote speaker. Dr. Ray E. Stowers, vice president and dean of LMU-DCOM, served as master of ceremonies. Dr. B. James Dawson, COO and chancellor of LMU’s Harrogate campus, delivered the opening remarks. Melanie McClain, a second year osteopathic medical student at LMU-DCOM and second vice president of the LMU-DCOM Student Government Association, gave a welcome on behalf of the student body. Dr. Michael Miller, president of the Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association (TOMA), delivered remarks on behalf of TOMA, who generously provided the white coats for the ceremony.

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 dcom@lmunet.edu, or visit us online at www.lmunet.edu/dcom.

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Caption 1: Dr. Boyd Buser, vice president and dean of the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, Ky., delivers the keynote address at the annual LMU-DCOM White Coat Ceremony. Photo Credit: Ray Welch Photography

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