January 25, 2011 - Four Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) students joined 14 other osteopathic medical students from across the country to help build Habitat for Humanity homes in Tutwiler, Miss., during the holiday season.

As part of the American Osteopathic Foundation’s inaugural Student Leadership Project, LMU-DCOM students Brittany Flood, Brittany Grady, Melanie McClain and Chelsea Nickolson spent four days volunteering with the West Tallahatchie (Miss.) Habitat for Humanity Program to build homes in the underserved area of Tutwiler. Statistics show that the median household income in Tutwiler is considerably less than the United States poverty level. It is estimated that two-thirds of the local population have no public or private health insurance and many do not have adequate housing. During the project students built Habitat homes and also had the opportunity to shadow Sister Anne Brooks, D.O., an osteopathic physician who works at the Tutwiler Clinic. With four students participating in the Student Leadership Project, LMU-DCOM had the most representation of any osteopathic medical school in the country.

“It was really an incredible experience because we were able to help make a difference in a town that is very underserved,” said McClain. “It was really encouraging to see how selflessly Sister Anne practiced medicine, and it was motivating to us as students. The trip was a great way to provide service to a town in need, to be reminded of the importance of practicing compassionate medicine as D.O.s and to meet students from other schools.”

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: (L-R) LMU-DCOM students Chelsea Nickolson, Brittany Grady, Brittany Flood and Melanie McClain pause during their work with the West Tallahatchie (Miss.) Habitat for Humanity Program as part of the American Osteopathic Foundation’s inaugural Student Leadership Project.

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