Preparing tomorrow's health care leaders

At DMU, we enable our students to make a tangible difference in the world. Our three health sciences colleges house eight different programs, all widely respected and highly competitive. We provide a hands-on learning environment that emphasizes competence, compassion, and community.

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1898

year DMU was founded, making us the second oldest osteopathic university

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$7 million

received by students in scholarships each year

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Improving Lives

in our global community is part of our core mission

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#1 City

Des Moines is the most affordable place to live in the U.S.

The DMU Clinic

Our multi-specialty clinic is conveniently located on the DMU campus. Our clinicians are more than providers; they’re researchers, mentors, and faculty dedicated to bringing expert, specialty health care to you and your family. Students attending DMU train alongside these leading physicians throughout their programs, gaining valuable, first-hand experience.

Many lessons learned during DMU spring break service trips

DMU students learn about rural medicine, the ethics of global health volunteering and the value of interprofessional education during spring break service trips Thirty DMU students spent their spring break week, March 16-23, 2019, participating in the Department of Global …

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One Day for DMU, a lifetime of impact

Noon to noon April 15-16 was DMU’s first-ever Day of Giving, and we made history in a big way! More than 249 alumni, employees and friends came together to contribute $261,303. Way to GIVE! One Day for DMU supporters created …

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DMU announces new trustees: Karl Keeler, Kevin Vermeer

Des Moines University announced that Karl Keeler, president of MercyOne Central Iowa Medical Center, and Kevin Vermeer, president and chief executive officer of UnityPoint Health, joined the Des Moines University Board of Trustees. Their service on the board, which began …

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10 things to know about DMU’s Anatomy Ambassador President

Megan Fagalde, a student in DMU’s master of anatomy program, singlehandedly transformed DMU’s engagement with high school students across the state of Iowa in her time at the University. Megan came to me about a year and half ago with …

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Former refugee knows the “true nature of a physician”

Medical school is far from the hardest thing Nasim Faryabi has faced in her life. Persecuted because of her faith and twice a refugee, she experienced compassionate health care after a speeding car left her severely injured. Nasim Faryabi, D.O.’19, …

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A big picture of public health

Sarah McCool, Ph.D., M.H.A.’09, M.P.H.’12, is bringing a truly global view to her role as clinical assistant professor in undergraduate programs at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University in Atlanta.  “I never thought I’d end up in …

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Alumnus opens arms to vets, youth

Bryce Neu loves the outdoors, the sport of pheasant hunting and camaraderie with other hunters. Thanks in part to Tad Jacobs, D.O.’81, he can enjoy those life’s pleasures despite the spinal bifida that causes him to use a wheelchair.  Jacobs …

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At the heights of professional achievement

Leonard Mermel, D.O.’84, Sc.M., A.M. (Hon.), FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA, is one of those DMU graduates with multiple credentials, several titles and seemingly countless awards and achievements. In addition to his hospital and academic appointments, he is a member of several …

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“During our pre-clinical years, we are immersed in a curriculum that balances innovation and technology with lectures from renowned professors. We are given the tools, resources and opportunities to become compassionate, empathetic and competent clinicians to serve on local, national and even global levels.”

Neel Patel, D.O.'20