DMU D.O., D.P.M. students are ready to serve as nation’s new residents

Amid all the disturbing news relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, here’s some good news: Members of Des Moines University’s osteopathic medicine and podiatric medicine and surgery Class of 2020 achieved very high placement rates in the national residency match this spring.

“These members of the Class of 2020 are ready to serve at a time when we’ve needed highly competent, compassionate health care providers more than ever,” says DMU Provost Ralitsa Akins, M.D., Ph.D. “We are so proud of their accomplishments and for the contributions to our nation’s health they will make throughout their careers.”

Of the 210 students eligible to participate in this spring’s match in the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) program, 96.2 percent, or 202, successfully placed in residency programs across the country.

“Residency is where physicians hone their skills in their specialty area. It is an intense, fast-paced and immensely rewarding time in the professional careers of our graduates,” says Steven Halm, D.O., FAAP, FACP, dean of the college. “We are very proud.”

All 45 students in the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (CPMS) landed residencies.

“The Class of 2020 continued the longstanding tradition of a 100 percent match rate for CPMS. This is a reflection of the dedication, effort and professionalism our students are known for by residency programs throughout the United States,” says CPMS Dean R. Tim Yoho, D.P.M., M.S., FACFAS. “We strongly believe our faculty, the curriculum and resources provided by DMU create opportunities for all students to be successful in the residency match process and in their careers as podiatric physicians.”

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