DMU seeks to serve rural health care needs

February 19, 2014 —

If you have the pleasure of meeting DMU osteopathic medical student Libby Abbas, you will know immediately she’s exactly what you’d want in a health care provider. Friendly, compassionate and focused on enhancing her health care skills, this California native-turned-Iowa-farm-kid has what it takes to be a fabulous physician.

Rural Iowa has lots of wide open spaces, fertile cropland and a high need for health care providers.

Rural Iowa has lots of wide open spaces, fertile cropland and a high need for health care providers.

She also has what it takes to serve rural Iowa, which needs more health care providers. According to a recent article on WHO-TV 13, which featured Libby, about a third of the state faces a shortage in primary care providers.

As WHO-TV reports, DMU is seeking to meet that need with its Rural Medicine Educational Pathway Program, which offers tuition support to clinical students who commit to practicing in rural Iowa communities. It’s available to students in the University’s osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy and physician assistant programs. In addition to providing tuition relief, the program offers participating students an innovative educational curriculum that gives information and insights on rural practice.

Applause to DMU and students like Libby for working to meet the health care needs of rural Iowa!


Endlessly curious and easily entertained, Barb Dietrich Boose loves being a member of the friendly, fascinating DMU community and its creative communications team. The University's publications director and DMU Magazine editor, Barb is always on the hunt for story ideas, good books and new recipes to try out on her family, such as her surprisingly tasty pork-and-bean bars.