HARROGATE, Tenn. — Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) welcomed over 225 students into the class of 2019 on July 28.
Lincoln Memorial University has long been known as a small liberal arts university in the heart of Appalachia; however, what most people don’t realize is that its medical school, LMU-DCOM, is home to more medical students than any other university in Tennessee, and is the only osteopathic medicine program in the State.
Since its founding in 2007, LMU-DCOM has had a rigorous and competitive application process. This year, LMU-DCOM received 5,044 applications for the Class of 2019, a 16 percent increase in applications in one year. For the Class of 2019 there were approximately 21 applicants for each seat in the class.
The class of 2019 includes 106 students from southern Appalachia, and of those, eighty-four students hail from the immediate Tri-State region of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia. The remaining class members come from all over the United States as well as three from Canada, one from China and one from Nigeria. The class is 60 percent male and 40 percent female and the average age is 25 with ages ranging from the youngest student at 21 years of age to the oldest student at 42 years of age.
Five members of the LMU-DCOM Class of 2019 received their undergraduate degree from LMU’s School of Mathematics and Sciences. Additionally, 72 members of LMU’s Master of Science (M.S.) program were extended invitations to interview for a spot at LMU-DCOM and 93 percent were accepted into LMU-DCOM or another medical school program.
The M.S. degree program, with majors in biomedical professions, anatomical sciences and life science research has also become a successful pathway to medical school for many. The program, which is offered through the School of Mathematics and Sciences in collaboration with LMU-DCOM, was established a year 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 800-325-0900 ext. 7108, email [email protected] or visit www.lmunet.edu/dcom.