Medical school graduates inaugural class

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

In January of 2007, the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate received its accreditation.

The doors opened for students in August of that year. Now four years later, the college just graduated its first group of doctors.

It may look like a hospital and sound like one too.

"The four years here have went by so fast," said David Heath, a recent graduate.

LMU's DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine graduated its inaugural class this weekend, 130 new doctors.

"It's beyond words actually," said Heath.

Heath said being the first to walk these halls has special meaning to him.

"I'm really happy to be involved with that, shaping the institution," said Heath.

"The students bought in and had a leap of faith to come here to medical school," said Ray Stowers, D.O, Vice-President and Dean.

Stowers said he is proud of how the school has grown.

"The impact on the community has been tremendous," said Stowers.

More than half of the students here come from the area. But many come from far away, too.

"We know that if you can train the students local, they're a lot more apt to stay local to practice," said Stowers.

"I think infiltrating the region with doctors will significantly impact the area in a great way," said Heath.

Heath's next step is his residency, as his class leaves a legacy for others to follow.

"Getting the name of LMU D-COM out there is going to be easy nationally I think," said Heath.

"I can't call them students anymore. They're now my colleagues, and that's really a big deal," said Stowers.

Heath will soon be moving to Ohio for his emergency medicine residency at a Cleveland Clinic affiliated hospital.

He will begin in June.


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