DMU Magazine is a quarterly publication for Des Moines University alumni, friends, employees and students. We welcome comments, ideas and feedback from readers, reserving the right to edit letters for style and space. Send your comments to DMU Magazine Editor Barbara Boose at or DMU Magazine, Des Moines University, 3200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312-4198.

Calling all reunion rock stars

All members of the DMU classes of 1988, 1963 and earlier years should prepare to be honored, exalted and celebrated in May with a new alumni reunion tradition for “medallion alumni.”

— Barb Boose

Planting the seeds for the next crop of health care providers

Last summer, DMU osteopathic medical student Bill Bensen found many benefits during a preceptorship at Kossuth Regional Health Center (KRHC) in Algona, IA. The critical care hospital and multi-specialty clinic let him dive into a variety of patient-care cases, working alongside several DMU osteopathic and physician assistant graduates. Everyone bent over backward to make him […]

— Barb Boose

Minority health disparities: “social and public health problem”

Minority health disparities: “social and public health problem”Tim Wise has no patience with white people who believe they’re not responsible for the “wholesale deaths” of African Americans and Latinos due to health disparities.“We rationalize that we’re not to blame, but those mortality rates are a social problem,” he said. “Every citizen needs to ask, ‘What […]

— Barb Boose