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LMU-DCOM Inducts 33 Students into Gold Humanism Honor Society

LMU-DCOM Gold Humanism Honor Society Inductees 

Harrogate, Tennessee, June 19, 2018 – Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) inducted 17 students from the Class of 2019 and 16 students from the Class of 2020 into the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) on Friday, June 15, 2018, at the Middlesboro Country Club in Middlesboro, Kentucky.


The GHHS is a signature program of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, an international non-profit organization committed to fostering and maintaining a culture of compassion, caring and respect in health care. Membership is limited to less than 10 percent of students per class. The GHHS is one of only three honor societies listed on the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), which gives members a competitive edge above other candidates applying for the same residency.


Rev. Bob JacksonAlso inducted at the ceremony was Bob Jackson of Arthur, Tennessee. Jackson has been associated with the medical school since LMU first announced it was pursuing a college of osteopathic medicine. Jackson volunteered his services early on in the school’s history and worked as a shuttle driver for LMU-DCOM applicants when they visited campus for personal interviews. Jackson was one of the first people that applicants met in person when they arrived to the area. Many students say it was Jackson who influenced their decision to attend LMU-DCOM.


“Bob Jackson’s life exemplifies a true spirit of love and helpfulness to others,” said Rick Slaven, MPS, NRP, coordinator of student advancement and chapter liaison for the GHHS chapter at LMU-DCOM. “Bob has made significant contributions to public service and gives of his time and talents regardless of compensation, and goes above and beyond his job description in all that he does. He is a friend to students, faculty and staff and has been a living example of compassion to us all.”


Student inductees were nominated by their classmates as exemplars of compassionate patient-centered care. Each nominee had to submit a personal statement as well as present a project promoting humanism or inspiring and nurturing humanism in others.


Members of the Class of 2019 inducted into LMU-DCOM's GHHS chapter include:


  • Mary Jewell Allen
  • Cortney Booth
  • James Connor
  • Hailey Grubbs
  • Patrick Herling
  • James Hubley
  • Zuri Hudson
  • Aaron Kuzel
  • Austen Kendehl-Nelson Lipham
  • Laura Martin
  • Sarah Mills
  • Michael Reep
  • Jesse Riker
  • Tracy Stammann
  • Kelly Uelman
  • Brandon Wilkinson
  • Tyler Wilson


Members of the Class of 2020 inducted into LMU-DCOM's GHHS chapter include:


  • Mandy Alhajj
  • David Bastawrous
  • Reese Bulmash
  • Pratistha Chhabra
  • Sarah Day
  • James Dolbow
  • Donald Huffman
  • Parisa Khosravi
  • Megan Louie
  • James Luong
  • Paige Massey
  • Tommy Pennington
  • Joseph Ratteni
  • Simone Ilia
  • Bryce Taylor
  • Kathryn Thomas


GHHS was founded by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation in 2002.  To date, there are over 140 chapters at medical schools across the nation, as well as internationally.  LMU-DCOM is one of only 14 osteopathic schools to be granted a chapter by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The GHHS recognizes the top 10 percent of students in their class who exemplify humanism in medicine as demonstrated by qualities of integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect and empathy towards patients. Information about the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the GHHS can be found at:  


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 [email protected], or visit us online at



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