Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) welcomed over 225 students into the Class of 2021 on July 24, 2017.
Since its founding in 2007, LMU-DCOM has had a rigorous and competitive application process. This year, LMU-DCOM received 4832 applications for the Class of 2021, resulting in approximately 20 applicants for each seat in the class. Today, LMU-DCOM is home to more medical students than any other university in Tennessee, and is the only osteopathic medicine program in the State.
“The Class of 2021 has already impressed me with their enthusiasm and passion for learning, service and medicine,” LMU-DCOM Dean Brian A. Kessler said. “I can’t wait to see how these future doctors will serve our community and region as they grow into future leaders in health care.”
LMU-DCOM has often attracted an eclectic group of students with a variety of talents. The entering class includes several musicians, pianists, tennis players, marathon runners, dancers, singers, violinists, soldiers, college athletes, competitive horseback riders, artists and former EMTs and paramedics.
In meeting its goal to serve the Appalachian region and beyond, LMU-DCOM’s Class of 2021 includes 116 students from the immediate tri-state region of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia. The remaining class members come from all over the United States and Canada. The class is 56 percent male and 44 percent female and the average age is 25 with ages ranging from the youngest student at 20 years of age to the oldest student at 44 years of age.
LMU’s Master of Science (M.S.) degree program, with majors in biomedical professions, anatomical sciences, veterinary biomedical science and life science research has also become a successful pathway to medical school for many. LMU-DCOM extended interview invitations to 113 members of LMU’s M.S. program and 81 percent were accepted into LMU-DCOM or another medical school program. The program, which is offered through the School of Mathematics and Sciences in collaboration with LMU-DCOM and LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine, was established four years ago as an outgrowth of the post-baccalaureate medical science certificate program which was designed to help students with baccalaureate degrees prepare for their future careers pursuing a doctoral-level education in the health science field.
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.