Harrogate, Tennessee, June 17, 2019 –The members of the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) Class of 2019 celebrated their graduation on Saturday, May 11. Former director of health and safety for the U.S. Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Joyce Johnson, DO, MPH, FAOCOPM delivered the commencement address.
In her address, Johnson encouraged the graduates to take care of both their patients and themselves during their careers as osteopathic physicians.
“The practice of medicine will always be a part of your life,” said Johnson. “As a physician you will have an impact on all aspects of your patient’s life, and the practice of medicine will impact all aspects of your life. Take care of your patients. Enjoy your medical practice. Enjoy your life. There are no limits. You will change the world and make it a better place.”
Former director of health and safety for the U.S. Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Joyce Johnson, DO, MPH, FAOCOPM delivering the commencement address.
During the ceremony, Johnson was presented with an LMU-DCOM Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for her lifetime of service to the United States and to the profession of osteopathic medicine. Johnson is an osteopathic physician who has a broad base of public health experience in both the civilian and military sectors. She is currently a professor at Georgetown University. Dr. Johnson's last active duty assignment was with the U.S. Coast Guard as director, health and safety. She retired at the rank of rear admiral, upper half, in 2008.
In addition to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degrees, LMU-DCOM awarded its first Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Anatomy degree to Stacey Chelf, PhD. She is the first student to graduate from the newly created program.
Approximately 80.1% of the members of the graduating class at will enter their first year of residency training in a primary care track, including family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, emergency medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine and transitional year/traditional rotating internship. The members of the Class of 2019 will be practicing in 20 different specialties in 155 different residency programs in 31 states and the District of Columbia.
“You have earned your degree from a medical school that places compassionate, patient-centered care at the heart of its mission,” said LMU-DCOM Vice President and Dean Brian A. Kessler, DO. “Make this ideal the hallmark of your medical practice and pursue this goal with integrity. Care for your patients to the absolute best of your abilities.”
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 health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7187, email [email protected], or visit us online at http://med.LMUnet.edu.