September 27, 2010 - Students, faculty and staff at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) gathered on September 22 for an afternoon of reflection and remembrance for the body donors who make the study of human anatomy possible.

The Second Annual Body Donor Memorial Vigil was held outside the LMU-DCOM building on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn. The program included student remarks and musical performances 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.

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.

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 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 1: Second-year osteopathic medical student Neil Barry, IV, speaks during the Second Annual Body Donor Memorial Vigil at LMU-DCOM.

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