A giving doc gets well-deserved honor

Robert Suter, D.O.’89, M.H.A.’89, knows how to take care of a guy who’s been shot in the chest. But he also knows “how you do so in a tent when you have limited resources and the guy has to be evacuated,” says Navy Captain Trueman Sharp, M.D. He has never forgotten the benefits of his DMU education and the osteopathic profession. He’s devoted his life to paying them back and paying it forward to medical students and military medics.

Insights from a heart-stopping experience

I believe health care reform should include universal coverage, regardless of pre-existing conditions. To make this possible, we need to address the disparity of health care costs between the U.S. and other developed countries.

An era of accomplishments

When Terry Branstad, J.D., was appointed president of DMU in 2003, then-chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, Gil Bucholz, D.O.’58, gave him a mission to “raise the visibility, respect and recognition of Des Moines University, raise money for the University and manage and oversee the institution,” Gov. Branstad told faculty, staff and students in a special campus meeting on Oct. 16. “I have endeavored to never lose sight of that mission.”

Great needs fuel passion for physical therapy

April Newton, M.S.P.T., describes a medical service trip she took to poor areas on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia a decade ago as “literally life-changing personally and professionally.”

“I was looking at the different ways of providing health care without all the tools,” says the instructor and director of clinical education in DMU’s physical therapy program. “You use your education in a much more creative way. You learn to adapt.”

New positions, new opportunities

As a high-quality, high-tech academic institution, DMU will benefit with the addition in 2009 of a provost and chief information officer. So will its students and staff.

DMU Clinic takes care of community

When central Iowa takes in an influx of refugees, DMU Clinic is there to provide physical examinations and any needed immunizations as required by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

When undergraduates or other individuals interested in health care careers seek job-shadowing experiences, DMU Clinic welcomes them, too.

Sim Center snapshot

The University’s Iowa Simulation Center for Patient Safety and Clinical Skills continues to be a powerful learning resource for the community as well as for DMU students.

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