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Ted Butterfield, D.P.M. ’12, receives APMSA’s highest student honor

Ted Butterfield, a student in the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at Des Moines University, was honored with the American Podiatric Medical Students’ Association’s (APMSA) 2011 Leadership Award at its July House of Delegates (HOD) meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. The APMSA Leadership Award is presented to the member of the APMSA HOD who has made […]

— Jordan Bahnsen

APMA scholarships awarded to 18 DMU students

Eighteen podiatric medical students at Des Moines University received scholarships ranging from $1,000-$5,000 for the 2011-2012 academic year from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Educational Foundation. Scholarship selection was based on academic performance, service and financial need. Congratulations to these students and thanks to the APMA Educational Foundation for supporting podiatric medical education. DPM […]

— Jordan Bahnsen

So, why feet?

It never fails. Once I tell someone I’m going into medicine, their next question is, “What do you want to do when you finish?” I reply that I’m in the podiatry program at DMU, which leads to the question: “Why feet?” I can understand why they ask this question, as many people have an aversion […]

— Andrew Crisologo

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

Foot & Ankle symposium

In one month – one day, DMU will begin hosting the Foot & Ankle Symposium again. This is SUCH a great event for our students and grads. The course directors are grads as are many of the Symposium speakers — it’s a great time to see classmates and colleagues, learn about new treatments and network. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Great pass rates!

In 2010, Des Moines University’s podiatric medicine graduates had a 96 percent pass rate on the American Board of Podiatric Surgery board certification exam.The national average was 73 percent. Between 2003 and 2009, the average national pass rate was 80.3 percent. For DMU graduates it was 90.3 percent. “This is a test administered after completion […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Fourth-year in DMU’s CPMS

Every podiatry school has a unique curriculum regarding rotations during fourth-year. For DMU students, it’s fairly straightforward but is ever-changing year to year. Here’s how it went for the class of 2011. In the middle of your third-year, you select where you want to spend your rotations and you need to fill 11 months, leaving […]

— Tea Nguyen

When are you a doc?

My best friend just told me he thought I was in residency…I wish! But that was my own fault for not clarifying what the path to podiatry really is. He’s in a different field and I forget how confusing medicine can really be for others, even my closest friends. Here’s a quick break down of […]

— Tea Nguyen

Return from Africa…

Summing up an experience of a lifetime isn’t my strong suite. Yet, I’ve been asked to write a little about the medical mission I was a part of this past month and so here is my attempt to do just that. In December of 2009 I learned I had been one of the students selected […]

— Daley Dodd

Feeding the students!

On March 9, 6 p.m., DMU’s Significant Others Support (SOS) organization will host “Feed the Students.” While SOS performs many volunteer activities in the community, this one focuses on supporting those closest to us, the students! This event consists of SOS members cooking a large quantity of food offsite and providing it, with all the […]

— Michael Drnec

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a great match!

The D.O. matches (how a student knows which residency program they’ll be going into) were out on valentine’s day and my husband got the wonderful news that he matched at his #1 choice program for general surgery. I am so excited for him! Of course, part of it was his grades, another part was his […]

— Tea Nguyen