The Class of 2017 of Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) will celebrate its commencement on Saturday, May 13, at 10 a.m. at Tex Turner Arena on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee. Robert S. Juhasz, DO, FACOI, FACP, past president of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), will serve as commencement speaker.
Juhasz has served on the AOA’s Board of Trustees since 2005 and has been chair of several AOA departments. He was chair of the AOA’s Education Policy and Procedure Review Committee III and a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission for the Advancement of Osteopathic Medical Education in 2012. Juhasz is a past president of the Cleveland Academy of Osteopathic Medicine and the Ohio Osteopathic Association. Juhasz is a graduate of John Carroll University and the Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri, and an honorary graduate of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUHCOM). He completed a rotating internship and internal medicine residency programs at Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital. He served as a residency program director and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Richmond Heights General Hospital and as the associate dean for the OUHCOM Cleveland Extension Campus, in affiliation with the Cleveland Clinic.
As a member of the professional staff of the Cleveland Clinic, Juhasz was involved in implementing the electronic medical record at the Cleveland Clinic Willoughby Family Health Center, the first site to implement in that health system, in 2001. He was able to share the success of this implementation and its impact on patient care as part of a panel that met with President George W. Bush when he came to the Cleveland Clinic in January 2005. He served as medical director of the Cleveland Clinic Willoughby Hills Family Health Center, and in September 2013, he became the President of South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. In April 2017, Juhasz returned to his internal medicine practice at the Cleveland Clinic Willoughby Hills Family Health Center and to medical education as a faculty member of OUHCOM and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Juhasz has been an advocate for improving the volume, quality, publication and impact of osteopathic research, and to improving all medical care through the unique contributions of osteopathic medicine.
LMU-DCOM opened its doors in 2007. With a full complement of classes and a current student body of more than 600 students, LMU-DCOM has the largest medical student enrollment in the state of Tennessee. The school was the brainchild of Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBusk, chairman of the LMU Board of Trustees, who had long envisioned a medical school at his alma mater. By opening an osteopathic medical school, the University continued its long tradition of service to those in need.
In March 2017, LMU-DCOM was listed #1 by U.S. News and World Report for medical schools that produce the highest percentage of primary care residents. The majority of osteopathic physicians have historically entered into a primary care field upon graduation. Approximately 82% 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 2017 will be in 175 different residency programs in 35 states.
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, e-mail dcom@LMUnet.edu, or visit us online at http://med.LMUnet.edu.