September 27, 2010 - Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) formally welcomed the Class of 2014 into its study of osteopathic medicine at its annual White Coat Ceremony on September 25.

A large crowd filled Tex Turner Arena on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn., to celebrate LMU-DCOM’s fourth class of students. Dr. Eugene Oliveri, professor of medicine and assistant to the dean at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Mich., and past president of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), was the keynote speaker. Dr. Ray E. Stowers, vice president and dean of LMU-DCOM, served as master of ceremonies. Ed Wills, a second year osteopathic medical student at LMU-DCOM and president of the LMU-DCOM Student Government Association, gave a welcome on behalf of the student body. Dr. Gabe Polk, president-elect 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 enrollment of the Class of 2014 provided LMU-DCOM with a full complement of classes. With a current student body of approximately 634, LMU-DCOM now has one of the largest medical student enrollments in the state of Tennessee.

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: Dr. Steve Miller (R), assistant professor of osteopathic principles and practice/family medicine, coats Briton Chan, a first-year osteopathic medical student, while Dr. Gerald Osborn (L), professor and chair of psychiatry and associate dean for international medicine, looks on. Photo credit: Danielle Violet.

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