Bako Pathology Services gifts $100,000 for clinical skills lab and classroom

September 27, 2011 —

Des Moines University has a new educational resource for students and faculty, courtesy of Brad Bakotic, D.P.M., D.O and his company. The Bako Pathology Clinical Skills Lab and Classroom is the result of a $100,000 gift to DMU from Bako Pathology Services in Alpharetta, Georgia, where Bakotic is chief executive officer.

The lab and classroom feature new furniture and state-of-the-art technology that will enhance the delivery of curriculum, enable distance learning continuing medical education and provide space for student club and continuing education workshops.

“When we first discussed a gift to the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, Dr. Bakotic made it very clear that it was to enhance the education of our students,” said Robert Yoho, D.P.M., dean of the college. “With that charge, thanks to Bako Pathology Services, we created an incredible technology and physical resource designed to promote innovative instruction and enrich student learning.”

“We’re proud to do our part to further advance the education process within the Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery,” said Bakotic. “We strongly believe that supporting our students and learning institutions represents the best single means to advance the podiatric profession.”

This is not the first time Bakotic has given to DMU. He has on several occasions shared his expertise by providing hands-on training to DMU students in the classroom and clinical skills lab. Impressed by the students and educational philosophy of the university, he established an endowed scholarship for third-year CPMS students and gave generously for the new lab and classroom.

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Des Moines University (DMU) is the only private medical school in Iowa, offering graduate-level, professional degree programs in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, biomedical sciences, anatomy, health care administration and public health. Founded in 1898, the institution offers superior academics in a collaborative environment. DMU students' pass rate on national examinations and board certifications is consistently higher than the national average and the rates at similar institutions.