LMU-DCOM Students Match Into Military Residencies


On January 6, 2021, 10 fourth-year students from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) matched into military residency programs and found out where they will be serving their country as physicians. The breakdown of the residency matches includes four Army, four Navy, and two Airforce.


Match Day is celebrated by medical students around the nation every March and is a day when soon-to-be graduates find out where they will be going for post-graduate residency training. However, students in the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program receive match results earlier.


“What a great way to kick off the year of 2021. This is an exciting time for our military students who have put in an incredible amount of hard work over the last four years to pursue their dreams of becoming osteopathic physicians,” said LMU-DCOM Vice President and Dean Brian A. Kessler, DO, FACOP. “We are so proud of each of our students and wish them well as they continue their journey and humbly serve their country.”




chelseamatchChelsea Ingle of Lee County, Virginia, matched into the emergency medicine program at San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Ingle has wanted to become a doctor since she was a young child. She was fascinated by the human body and wanted to pursue a career in which she could help others and make a difference in the world.


“When I heard about the HPSP Army Scholarship, it was a great way for me to be able to serve my country, practice medicine overseas, and see the world while doing what I loved,” Ingle said.


Ingle joined the Army in 2017 and says her highlight has been clinical rotations in the Army emergency departments over this summer.


“I knew I wanted to do emergency medicine the first day of my emergency medicine rotation. I fell in love with the fast-pace environment of the ER and being able to see many different types of patients, diseases, as well as trauma,” Ingle said. “I also knew emergency medicine was a specialty in which I could truly make a difference in the Army.”


Ingle moved to Houston, Texas, during her third and fourth years for rotations, and will move again to San Antonio to begin her residency program in June 2021.


“On rotation, I have met many different people and experienced what life in the Army is going to be like, which made me grateful I chose to make this commitment,” Ingle said.



chelseahaleyChelsey Haley is originally from Crawfordville, Florida, but moved to Speedwell, Tennessee, four years ago to begin medical school at LMU-DCOM. Haley matched into a family medicine residency program at Naval Hospital Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida.


Haley was drawn to medicine in middle school with initial thoughts of wanting to become a veterinarian. She worked as a vet tech for several years before answering the call to become a physician.


“I realized I could make a bigger impact and effect more lives as a physician,” Haley said.


Between undergrad and medical school, Haley worked at the Womack Army Medical Center as a clinical research coordinator where she realized her true passion was working with service members. Haley has strong family ties with the Army, but in 2018 she enlisted with the Navy.


“The Navy chose me,” Haley said. “I applied to both the Army and Navy HPSP programs and the Navy accepted first,” Haley said. “So, the Army/Navy games are fun at my house because my husband is prior Army.”


The highlight of the HPSP program thus far for Haley has been her experience in Officer Development School.


“I made new friends and connections that will last a lifetime, but I was also able to verify and solidify my decision to serve in the military. I received a great foundation to build upon to become a good leader to my sailors and future patients,” Haley said.


It wasn’t until her third year of medical school that she knew what specialty she wanted to pursue.


“I really enjoyed all of my rotations for different reasons. I enjoyed building relationships with my patients, doing procedures, delivering babies, using Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment; you can only find all those aspects in family medicine,” Haley said. “Family medicine allows you to have a great work-life balance in order to pursue other interests.”  


In the National Resident Matching Program, medical students apply to residency programs and are interviewed for potential acceptance. After that process is complete, both the medical students and the residency programs rank their choices with a central matching service, and the results of this process are announced on Match Day. Military students go through a similar process through the HPSP program which places physicians in residency programs run or sponsored by the military.  The rest of the Class of 2020 will celebrate their residency matches on March 19, 2021.

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, with an additional location at LMU-Knoxville. 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, email dcom@LMUnet.edu, or visit us online at http://med.LMUnet.edu.

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