The DMU advantage in global health

August 11, 2010 —

D.O. student Jenell with the other World Health Org. interns meeting WHO Director General Chan.

D.O. student Jenell with the other World Health Org. interns meeting WHO Director General Chan.

Did you know 12,000+ students apply for 200 World Health Organization internships each year? And DMU students have had 6 spots over the last two years. This high placement rate, I believe, is not a coincidence but more a credit to the hard work of our global health faculty & staff.

The sites & partnerships around the world set up by DMU make it easy for our students to experience new cultures and health care systems before graduation. And in fact I think we’re attracting students to Des Moines University in part because of our great global health programs.

This year’s incoming osteopathic class was surveyed during orientation. 90% of this incoming class wants to do a global health rotation or trip. 85% are willing to pay out of pocket, to some extent, for such an experience. And 60% of the class has had some prior international experience. Also, 36% say they’d add a year to their schooling for an international scholarship. I find these numbers astounding and yet I should not be surprised. I’ve seen the caliber of our programs and I know how great they are.

Participating in global health experiences makes for better clinicians, more cost-efficient practitioners, more culturally aware people and it improves the health of those in underprivileged areas. What a win-win!


Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.

Comments

  • http://www.saltteam.ca/ Revo

    Thanks Courtney for publishing this great news about DMU. DMU and its students have always been outstanding performer. This is the main reason why people choose good and reputed organizations for doing any courses. I hope DMU will continue to show the guiding light to the other institutions as well.

  • http://www.saltteam.ca/ Revo

    Thanks Courtney for publishing this great news about DMU. DMU and its students have always been outstanding performer. This is the main reason why people choose good and reputed organizations for doing any courses. I hope DMU will continue to show the guiding light to the other institutions as well.