Get a head start in getting into medical school with Des Moines University’s Health P.A.S.S.
Health P.A.S.S. program dates: June 10-28, 2013.
Des Moines University’s Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars program – the DMU Health P.A.S.S. – is a great way for promising college sophomores and juniors to prepare for and enhance their chances of getting into medical school and other health professions programs. The three-week program is high-quality, hands-on and FREE.
Health P.A.S.S. will provide participants with well-rounded perspectives on what it’s like to be a medical school student in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine and surgery, physical therapy and physician assistant studies. In the program’s courses, clinical opportunities and practical exposure, students will gain the confidence that they can achieve a degree and career in any of Des Moines University’s four clinical areas- and the knowledge they need to get started. In addition, Des Moines University will cover the full costs of participants’ meals, materials and accommodations in a residence hall at nearby Drake University.
Enrollment is limited to 10 students. Preference will be given to qualified applicants from populations under-represented in medicine and health care, including under-represented minority, low-income and/or first-generation college students. Students must have a minimum cumulative college grade point average of 3.0. The application deadline for the DMU Health P.A.S.S. program is March 1, 2013.
Founded in 1898, Des Moines University offers all graduate programs in its three colleges: Health Sciences, Osteopathic Medicine and Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. All DMU programs focus on medicine and the health sciences, so faculty and students share a common orientation toward patient care. Located in a beautiful neighborhood of Iowa’s capital city, DMU prioritizes student learning and success.
Key components of the Health P.A.S.S. program include
- Lectures and presentations by top faculty on topics in the basic sciences, anatomy, medical procedures, diabetes, musculoskeletal injury and research
- An introduction to physical diagnosis and related procedures
- Shadowing of doctors and other care providers in the DMU Clinic on campus
- Information sessions on professions in medicine and the sciences
- Information sessions on how to plan academically for medical school
- Medical school mock interviews and tips on the application and admission process
- Meaningful, informal interactions with DMU faculty, students and staff.
So what’s next?
- View the Health P.A.S.S. flyer
- Learn more about Des Moines University
- Watch videos about the University
What previous Health P.A.S.S. students have said
It was awesome to get to interact with students and get their perspectives and advice. I especially enjoyed the interactive experience in the anatomy lab with the PA students.
I have never met such kind and caring people. The faculty and staff clearly hold their students as their top priority, and did everything they could to make everyone comfortable and accommodated.
Such an amazing experience! I don’t think anything else could prepare me as well for grad school as this program did!
The DMU student involvement was great in helping us understand what our lives would be like as students. The variety and number of students involved gave us an in depth understanding of student life.
The program was well thought out and well rounded. I feel that I had an in-depth view into the programs DMU has to offer. The activities allowed me a little look into the students’ life at DMU.
This program helped me learn so much more about osteopathic medicine- I think it was an eyeopener to all of us when we realized just how much Des Moines had to offer. Des Moines was an absolutely wonderful city, and I really believe it is one of the greatest kept secrets. I didn’t know much about Des Moines, but now that I have been there and experienced everything, I can’t stop telling people how amazing it is! I will definitely be applying to DMU, and I plan on telling everyone interested in medicine about it as well.