LMU-DCOM to Celebrate the Class of 2019 Graduation

DCOM Commencement

Commencement Ceremony for LMU-DCOM’s ninth class set for
Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m.


The Class of 2019 of the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) will celebrate its commencement on Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. at Tex Turner Arena on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee. Former director of health and safety for the U.S. Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Joyce Johnson, DO, MPH, FAOCOPM, will serve as commencement speaker.


Johnson is an osteopathic physician who has a broad base of public health experience in civilian and military sectors. She is a professor at Georgetown University (clinical and adjunct) in the School of Medicine and the Health Care Administration graduate program.


Her last active duty assignment was with the U.S. Coast Guard as director, health and safety); she retired at the rank of rear admiral, upper half, in 2008. Other government assignments included senior scientific and management positions with the Food and Drug Administration and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She held clinical positions at the Department of Veterans Affairs and National Institute of Mental Health, and was an epidemiologic intelligence service (EIS) officer and staff epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control.


In the private sector, Johnson served as vice president of health sciences and chief medical officer for a multi-billion dollar non-profit contract research organization, where she managed a portfolio of government contracts including laboratory and social sciences research. Johnson is a physician board certified in public health/preventive medicine and psychiatry. She is also a certified clinical pharmacologist, certified addiction specialist and certified food services executive. Johnson earned her DO degree from Michigan State University in 1980. She holds a master's degree in hospital and health administration from the University of Iowa. In addition, she has received six honorary doctorate degrees.


Johnson has extensive global health experience on all seven continents with particular interests in behavioral health and substance abuse, infectious disease and disaster relief. She has led five Flag Expeditions with the Explorers Club and has been a strategic and policy consultant to the National Science Foundation on the health care system in Antarctica. Johnson recently co-authored the book Lizard Bites and Street Riots, Travel Emergencies and Your Health, Safety and Security and writes regular health columns and speaks nationally on health topics.


LMU-DCOM opened its doors in 2007. With a full complement of classes and a current student body of more than 900 students, LMU-DCOM has the largest medical student enrollment in the state of Tennessee. In October 2018, LMU-DCOM announced the opening of a second location of the osteopathic medical school in Knoxville, Tennessee. DCOM at LMU-Knoxville plans to welcome 125 new osteopathic medical students into its inaugural class in July 2019.


In March 2019, LMU-DCOM was listed #1 by U.S. News and World Report for medical schools that produce the highest percentage of primary care residents. The majority of osteopathic physicians have historically entered into a primary care field upon graduation. Approximately 80.1% of the members of the graduating class at 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 2019 will be practicing in 20 different specialties in 155 different residency programs in 31 states and the District of Columbia.


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 dcom@LMUnet.edu, or visit us online at http://med.LMUnet.edu.

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