LMU-DCOM Confers Degrees of Over 200 Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine

LMU-DCOM 2021 Commencement

The members of the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) Class of 2021 celebrated their graduation Saturday, May 15, at Tex Turner Arena. Two hundred and sixteen Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine candidates had degrees conferred upon them in person and virtually during the ceremony.


Thomas Ely, DOPresident of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Thomas L. Ely, DO, FACOFP, FAAFP, delivered the commencement address. In his address, Ely praised the graduates for compassion, empathy and leadership in working with underserved communities, and their perseverance through the global pandemic.  


“You are truly a most unique class. You have had to endure the trials and tribulations of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past 15 months. You demonstrated flexibility and resilience,” said Ely. “You are all to be congratulated for what you have achieved. I know that this is truly a dream come true.”


In addition to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degrees, LMU-DCOM awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Anatomy degree to Jonathan Asbury Millard, PhD. He is the second student to graduate from the newly created program.


Christopher Loyke, DO, FACOFP, dean and chief academic officer, encouraged the class of 2021 to be servant leaders.


“You are about to enter a wonderful, rewarding, exciting field,” Loyke said. “I ask you to give your full measure of devotion to all of your pursuits. Care for your patients to the absolute best of your abilities. Care for yourself and your family members with love and kindness. Care for the community around you by exuding the servant leader example. I know you will be handsomely rewarded for your efforts.”

LMU-DCOM Commencement     Brian Kessler receives title of Dean Emeritus  

During the ceremony, Brian A Kessler, DO, FACOFP, former vice president and dean of LMU-DCOM, was presented with a special proclamation from the LMU Board of Trustees bestowing upon him the title of Dean Emeritus in appreciation of his dedicated service to LMU-DCOM.


Approximately 82% 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. The members of the Class of 2021 will be practicing in 19 different specialties in 177 different residency programs in 35 states and the District of Columbia.


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.


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