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LMU Medical Students Celebrate Match Day

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Harrogate, Tennessee, March 22, 2019 —
The Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) Class of 2019 celebrated Match Day on Friday, March 15, with thousands of medical students across the nation as they learned where they will be completing their residency training over the next three to seven years. Students posted celebratory photos on social media revealing their match results using hashtag #DCOMmatch.


A majority of the members of the LMU-DCOM graduating class 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 U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of medical schools released March 11 revealed LMU-DCOM topped the list of schools with the most graduates pursuing primary care. The data used was based off the LMU-DCOM Class of 2018 in which 80.1 percent of the graduates entered primary care residencies.


“The need for primary care doctors is great, and we are committed to preparing outstanding osteopathic physicians to meet the health and wellness needs of people within both the Appalachian region and beyond,” said Brian A. Kessler, D.O., FACOFP, vice president and dean of LMU-DCOM. “We are proud of the graduates in the Class of 2019 and wish them well in the next step of their journey.”


Before Match Day, medical students apply to residency programs and are 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.


Traditionally, 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. 2019 marks the last year that two Match Days will be held. By 2020, all residency programs in the U.S. will be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Successful completion of residency training and board exams leads to certification in a medical specialty.


The LMU-DCOM Class of 2019 will celebrate its graduation Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. in Tex Turner Arena on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, 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 health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7082, email [email protected], or visit us online at



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