Medical Students Make Face Masks for Returning Faculty and Staff

Face Masks

As faculty were preparing to head back to work, a group of students from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) were making face masks to welcome them back safely to campus. The effort was organized by the Wilderness Medicine Club.


The idea came about by coincidence when Tori Coble, a rising second-year osteopathic medical student and president of the Wilderness Medicine Club, ran into local community member Mrs. Charli Collins who owns From the She Shed with Charli.


Face Mask Making“I ran into her at a store where she was meeting someone to give out masks for free,” said Coble. “I asked if she would teach us how to sew, and she agreed!”


Maintaining social distance, Collins gave sewing lessons to members of the Wilderness Medicine Club and taught them how to sew face masks. The students who participated included Tori Coble, Aws Ahmed, Naib Chowdhury, Wayne Gould and Cristina Marsocci, all members of the LMU-DCOM Class of 2023 at LMU’s main campus in Harrogate. The students have met every Monday for several weeks and made over 200 masks. They delivered masks to the LMU-DCOM faculty as well as the Provision Proton Center and UT Medical Center.


“We plan to continue making masks throughout the pandemic,” said Coble. “We credit this idea to Ms. Collins who inspired us when we she began distributing masks for free.”


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, email, or visit us online at

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