March 29, 2011 - Following osteopathic Match Day on February 14 and the allopathic Match Day on March 17, members of the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) Inaugural Class now know where they will be going to pursue residency training in their chosen field. And for three-fourths of the class, that chosen field is in primary care.

Seventy-five percent of the Class of 2011 will be pursuing a residency program in a primary care field, including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN and emergency medicine. The students will be in 87 different residency programs in 29 states.

“We are exceedingly proud of the Class of 2011 and the results they received,” said Ray E. Stowers, D.O., vice president and dean of LMU-DCOM. “We congratulate them on a job well done. We are an institution with a strong mission of service and dedication to primary care, and our Inaugural Class has demonstrated a commitment to these principles with even greater passion than we could have expected.”

Once medical students graduate with their medical degree, they receive further training in their chosen medical specialty in residency programs. Prior to Match Day, medical students select a number of residency programs that they are interested in. They then have the opportunity to apply for these programs and be interviewed for potential acceptance. After that process is complete, both the medical students and the residency programs rank their choices with a central matching service. On Match Day, the results of this process are announced. Two Match Days are held annually – one specifically for osteopathic (D.O.) residency programs and another for allopathic (M.D.) residency programs. Osteopathic medical students like those at LMU-DCOM are eligible to participate in either match.

In the osteopathic match, 4,228 osteopathic medical students from 26 osteopathic medical schools across the country entered the match. LMU-DCOM had the second highest osteopathic match rate in the country at 52.8%. Traditionally, approximately half of all D.O. students match in the osteopathic match and half match in the M.D. match.

The LMU-DCOM Inaugural Class will celebrate its graduation on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at 10 a.m. in Tex Turner Arena on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn.

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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