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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

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

COM pass rates set new high

The COM class of 2011 students recorded the best scores ever for Des Moines University on the national licensing exam. The first-time pass rate on the Cognitive Evaluation exam was 94%, best in the nation. On the Performance Evaluation exam, the first-time pass rate was 99%, which tied for second in the country. COM students […]

— Jordan Bahnsen

How can you keep them down on the farm?

American Medical News recently explored the increasing shortage of physicians in rural areas and the efforts of medical schools to address it. A July report by UnitedHealth’s Center for Health Reform and Modernization noted that five million American residents live in counties with fewer than 33 primary care physicians per 100,000 residents, and about 27 […]

— Barb Boose

Happy birthday to A.T. Still!

Today marks A.T. Still’s 182nd birthday. He is known as the father of osteopathic medicine. Osteopathy is a whole body approach to health that recognizes the integral role in wellbeing played by the musculoskeletal system. We are very proud to be the second oldest osteopathic medical schools in the United States. Learn more about what […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Goin’ for the Gold

Back in the 1990s, when medical educators and residency program directors expressed the need to recognize internship and residency applicants with both outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation listened. That led to the creation of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS), which honors select medical students, residents, role-model physician teachers and […]

— Barb Boose

Global Health Outreach award 2011

The Global Health outreach award was established in 2008 to recognize contributions from faculty and students, toward their work for DMU’s global health department. COM graduating class of 2011 has more than 60 students, that’s approximately 27%, who have done an international rotation or service trip through DMU. This year, the Global Health Outreach award […]

— Seth Stevenson

Des Moines University student earns American Lung Association volunteer award

(Des Moines, IA) – The American Lung Association in Iowa has presented its 2011 Volunteer Award to Laura Hoffman, an osteopathic medicine student at Des Moines University, in recognition of her commitment to see people live tobacco-free. She is the daughter of Linda and Robert Hoffman of Columbia City. Hoffman has been a volunteer with […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Fighting the good fight

Beginning today through June 18, the DMU Library will host an exhibition of the U.S. National Library of Medicine titled “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine.” Part of our library’s commemoration of the Civil War’s sesquicentennial, the exhibition looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses during […]

— Barb Boose

Health care fix: “smoke the whole pack”

Finally, just a few days ago, I at last managed to complete the last class for my master’s of public health degree here at DMU. This explains why I haven’t posted in a while – it’s been tough working on two professional degrees at once. I figured that I ought to make it up to […]

— Nathan McConkey