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LMU-DCOM Tabbed as Top Producer of Primary Care Residents by U.S. News

Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) has been ranked #1 by U.S. News and World Report in a feature titled, “Which schools turn out the most primary care residents?” The ranking is based on 2014-2016 data averages.


“At LMU-DCOM we’ve made a commitment to serving the health and wellness needs of underserved communities both at home and nationwide,” said Brian A. Kessler, DO, FACOFP, vice president and dean of LMU-DCOM. “Clearly, this data illustrates that the University and its graduates are fulfilling this mission. Our osteopathic medical graduates run the gamut, from family physicians to cardiologists and other specialists. Yet all emphasize the importance of patient care and the importance of being a positive impact on patients’ lives.”


Approximately 82% of the members of LMU-DCOM’s Class of 2017 will enter their first year of residency training in a primary care track, including family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, emergency medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine and transitional year/traditional rotating internship. The members of the Class of 2017 will be practicing in 16 different specialties in 175 different residency programs in 35 states. In 2017, 54.5% of the graduating class has been placed into osteopathic residency programs. 40.2% accepted residency positions with allopathic programs and 4.3% are going into military programs. Approximately 22% of the graduating class placed into programs within the Appalachian region, and 9% within the State of Tennessee.


According to the American Osteopathic Association, 56 percent of doctors of osteopathic medicine (D.O.s) in active practice are primary care physicians. D.O.s are one of two types of fully licensed physicians in the United States. Both D.O. and M.D. schools offer similar, rigorous medical education, but approach the practice of medicine from distinct philosophies. D.O.s emphasize a whole-person approach to treatment and care, and focus on prevention to help people get healthy and stay well. D.O.s also receive additional training in osteopathic manipulative treatment used to diagnose, treat and prevent illness and injury. Osteopathic medicine continually ranks among the fastest-growing disciplines in health care in the United States.


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, or visit us online at





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