October 18, 2010 - Several osteopathic medical students from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate, Tenn., recently visited Joppa School in Rutledge, Tenn., to visit students in grades Pre-K through 6.

Members of the LMU-DCOM Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) presented the “What’s in a Doctor’s Bag?” program to grades Pre-K through 2 at Joppa School and talked about various items the students may have already encountered or will encounter during a visit to the doctor’s office. The osteopathic medical students showed the children several different tools, including stethoscopes, reflex hammers and blood pressure cuffs. The children were able to handle the medical equipment and learn how the doctor uses each tool. At the end of the presentation, the children were able to try on the osteopathic medical students’ white coats.

Other osteopathic medical students put on a mini-medical school for grades 3-6. LMU-DCOM students staffed six informational stations, including bones, medical instruments, hygiene, organs, nutrition and exercise. Joppa students spent time at each station to learn about healthy habits. Students received a sticker on their “report card” after successfully completing each station and were granted a Mini-Medical School Certificate of Completion and workbook when they finished the program.

Both programs are designed to alleviate children’s fears of doctors and medical practices, create a better understanding of medical equipment, foster positive role models and educate children on the importance of preventative medicine and a healthy lifestyle. The students were invited by Kristy Waller, the Coordinated School Health Coordinator for Grainger County. Members of LMU-DCOM SOMA have now visited all elementary schools in Grainger County and hope to continue making visits in the future.

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 Landon Krautkramer (L) and Kendrith Beebe (R) show Joppa Elementary students a model of the spine as part of the Mini-Medical School program.

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