April 14, 2010 - Harrogate, Tennessee, April 14, 2010 – More than fifty osteopathic medical students at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) were recently recognized for contributing more than 4,300 hours of community service during the past year.

LMU-DCOM is the latest osteopathic medical school to participate in the Translating Osteopathic Understanding into Community Health (TOUCH) Program. TOUCH is a national program developed by the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents to encourage medical students to preserve one of the basic tenets of osteopathic philosophy: a commitment to improving the health of their communities through service. TOUCH fulfills its mission by recognizing the service commitment of osteopathic medical students and their colleges on the local and national level. Individuals with 50 or more hours of TOUCH service in their communities receive a TOUCH pin, national recognition and a letter of commendation sent to the dean of their osteopathic medical school.

“The TOUCH program is an ideal fit for LMU-DCOM, whose institutional mission is built around service to humanity,” said Dr. Ray Stowers, vice president and dean. “I am exceedingly proud of our students and their commitment to serving others.”

Fifty-six LMU-DCOM students contributed 4,368.5 hours of community service. Community service events included LMU’s annual Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic; volunteer work with Ronald McDonald House, Adventure Amputee Camp and the Make-A-Wish Foundation; and organizing the annual Kid’s Health Fair in Harrogate City Park sponsored by the LMU-DCOM Pediatrics Club. Most recently, students accumulated volunteer hours on a medical mission trip to Haiti and the Dominican Republic during Spring Break.

“I consider this a huge success for our school and our students, especially because this is our first year with the TOUCH Initiative,” said Patrick Craig, a second-year osteopathic medical student at LMU-DCOM and president of the LMU-DCOM Student Government Association. “Moreover, I believe that we have significantly improved the health and well being of our community”.

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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Caption: LMU-DCOM students who participated in the TOUCH program collectively contributed more than 4,300 hours of community service during their first year of participation in the program.

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