Harrogate, Tennessee, Dec. 21, 2018 – Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) student Zuri Hudson, Class of 2019, has been selected as the LMU-DCOM Student DO of the Year (SDOY). Hudson will represent LMU-DCOM as a candidate for the National SDOY award presented annually by the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) annual meeting in April 2019.
The SDOY award is presented to students who go above and beyond the average osteopathic medical student and are recognized for their leadership, commitment to community service, dedication to the profession, professionalism and the embodiment of the osteopathic philosophy.
“Her countless hours volunteering in the community were spent not just doing something for others, but to do something with them,” said Skyler Hill-Norby, Class of 2021 and Student Government Association (SGA) president. “Zuri has donated her time helping community members understand disease, and has assisted them in achieving mental, emotional and physical health.”
Hudson has not only made a lasting impact on LMU-DCOM, but at every osteopathic medical school in the nation. She saw a need for diversity initiatives at LMU-DCOM and sought to create a diversity chair position on campus. She saw the need for greater diversity initiatives at all schools and through her leadership on the COSGP, she served as the first diversity chair on the council. Through that position, Hudson crafted innovative ways to establish diversity initiatives within the network of colleges of osteopathic medicine.
“Zuri lives the example of an unbreakable positive attitude, regardless of the trials that may come her way,” said Hill-Norby. “Her positive attitude is infectious.”
Hudson has empowered others by living out the osteopathic philosophy that the person is a unit of body, mind and spirit. She is involved in all aspects of the profession from working at free medical clinics, hosting health fairs, providing educational workshops, mentoring and tutoring current medical students, serving on numerous committees and in leadership positions and participating in current research projects.
“Hudson’s true mark as a leader is not only what she could and has accomplished individually, but what she has helped countless others accomplish through her encouragement and inspiration,” said Tanner Brondhaver, Class of 2021 and SGA vice president.
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 http://med.LMUnet.edu.