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Melissa Pechan, PA-C’04

Pechan and her husband, Brian, welcomed a daughter, Jocelyn, on December 12, 2011. Jocelyn joins sister Maya at the family’s Oregon, WI, home. Melissa is a neuroendovascular surgery physician assistant in Oregon.

— Anna Hudson

Tanya P. Stringer, M.H.A.’97

Stringer joined Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, IL, as vice president of physician practice development. She is responsible for providing leadership and support for the clinical and business operations and strategic development of each physician practice site, including the various Riverside community health centers within the region. She was previously the director of operations for the […]

— Anna Hudson

Patricia L. Dearduff, PA-C’93

Dearduff retired from the Polk County Health Department and now serves as a volunteer and a harpist for Hospice of Central Iowa, taking music to the very sick and dying. She and her husband, James, reside in Clive, IA.

— Anna Hudson

Warren S. Silberman, D.O., M.P.H.’74

Silberman retired from the Federal Aviation Administration as the manager of the Aerospace Medical Certification Division. He formed an LLC, Aviation Certification Services, and plans on doing consulting. He is also the medical director of Harvey Watt and Company in Atlanta, GA, which provides disability insurance for pilots who have lost their medical certification certificate. He […]

— Anna Hudson

Is the U.S. medical care system “resource constrained”?

It’s well-documented and well-known that the United States spends more on health care than any other developed nation. Many assume these higher costs are caused by Americans’ widespread over-consumption of medical resources. Similarly, many assume the U.S. has a boundless supply of physicians and hospital service capacity. Both assumptions are far from being accurate, however. […]

— Barb Boose

PA students pounce the PANCE

We don’t like to brag, but we are continually impressed by our hard-working students. We just got word regarding the final pass-rate data for the Des Moines University Physician Assistant Class of 2011 on the PANCE exam. Our PA students had a 98% first-attempt pass rate, while the national average was 91%. Over the past […]

— Nicole Branstad

Let’s get coordinated

Coordinated medical care, with fewer hand-offs, more efficiency and lower costs, is a goal for many organizations. Consumers/patients seem to want it, and health care payers – including Medicare under the auspices of the Accountable Care Organization policies of health care reform – are increasingly changing their payment methodologies to favor those who can produce […]

— Barb Boose

Let’s Move

If campus seems bare today it’s because our employees and students have been given a unique and exciting opportunity to volunteer. Over 125 people from the DMU community are in downtown Des Moines at Wells Fargo Arena taking part in the First Lady, Michelle Obama’s, 2nd anniversary of her ‘Let’s Move’ initiative. Let’s Move is […]

— Melissa Wilder

The wait is over

This year’s Mini Medical School begins this evening and runs for the five consecutive Tuesdays following. (February 7 – March 6, 2012) The theme this year is all about becoming the healthiest you possible. You will learn how to do this through the five keys to living a happier, healthier life. The 10 Pillars of […]

— Nicole Branstad

Unlocking the “Legos” of life

DMU has a new student organization that’s also a feather in the University’s cap: The Genetics Student Interest Group of Des Moines University recently made DMU one of only seven medical schools in the U.S., and the first and only osteopathic medical school, to earn affiliation with the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG). Alisdair […]

— Barb Boose

Beat the winter blues

Truth be told, we’ve actually had a rather mild winter here in Iowa this year, but within the last week it has started to look a little more familiar. With more snow in the forecast and lower temps ahead, some of you may start to feel the effects of the winter blues, also known as […]

— Nicole Branstad

An ounce of prevention: sitting is the silent killer

One day as my focus faded from studying, I thought about how much I had been sitting that day, and how many hours I spend sitting every day. After logging in eight hours of sleep (if I am lucky), I am left with 16 waking-hours. On average, I can tally nine of these hours in […]

— Chris Bolander

Get a head start

  DMU has the perfect way for pre-med students to get a head start… The DMU Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars Program (Health P.A.S.S.) gives them a taste of what it’s like to be a student in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physician assistant or physical therapy. The FREE three-week program takes place at the end […]

— Nicole Branstad

Julie A. Quam, PA-C’11

Quam (maiden name Carr) and and Derek Quam were married in the summer of 2011. She joined OSF Medical Group Galesburg in Galesburg, IL, as a family practice physician assistant and is active in her church, women’s small group and her local gym. The couple resides in Peoria, IL. 

— Anna Hudson

Erin M. Ott, PA-C’11

Ott joined Covenant Clinics and sees patients in Tripoli and Fairbank, IA. She was featured in an article in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier about physician assistants and their role in rural health care. She was also recently engaged and is busy planning her wedding.

— Anna Hudson