Lincoln Memorial University


PA Program to Hold White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2019

Harrogate, Tennessee, June 19, 2018 – Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) will hold the White Coat Ceremony for the Physician Assistant Program Class of 2019 on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at 10 a.m. in Tex Turner Arena on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee.


A total of 88 physician assistant (PA) students will receive their white coats at the ceremony. Also during the event, four scholarships will be awarded including the LeConte Rural Medicine Scholarship, the Alisha Jane Hicks Memorial Scholarship, the Erika Todd Memorial Scholarship and the DCOM Annual Scholarship.


The keynote speaker will be Michel Statler, MLA, PA-C, associate dean of academic affairs for the College of Health Professions and former program director for the Physician Assistant Program at Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from the Surgeons Assistant Program at the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1980 and worked as a surgical physician assistant for 14 years in cardiac surgery, ENT and neurosurgery before becoming a PA educator. As an educator, Statler has been an invited speaker at state and national meetings, published in peer-reviewed journals, and been a contributing author to a number of text and review books. She currently serves as director at large for the PAEA Board of Directors and is the chair of the Optimal Team Practice Task Force charged with exploring the potential implications of optimal team practice on PA education.


The first White Coat Ceremony was held in 1993 at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and is now a standard ritual in physician assistant programs as well as allopathic and osteopathic medical schools across the country. The White Coat Ceremony is an important, public demonstration of a student’s commitment to patient care and professionalism. During the Ceremony, each physician assistant student is presented and “robed” with his or her short white laboratory coat. The Ceremony is considered to be a rite of passage, in that an individual has demonstrated the qualities and abilities to provide competent care and can move on to the next phase of his or her training.


The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine Physician Assistant program is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM PA Program is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of physician assistants 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. 7108, email [email protected], or visit us online at



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