The late anatomy Professor Frank Kneussl, Ph.D., didn’t limit his significant and positive impact on DMU with his 25 years of teaching and service, his role in helping develop its podiatric medicine and physician assistant programs, or the thousands of students he taught during his career.
Most people understand the wartime mission of the U.S. military, but there are many aspects of the nation’s military force that wage peace, save lives, develop friendships and solve health problems in areas of severe need. The results are nothing short of magical.
The 1,000-member Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association continues to benefit from the leadership, service and hard work of several DMU graduates and students.
Joseph P. McNerney, D.O.’80, FACOFP dist., has devoted his life and career to serving patients, his profession and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. The Michigan doctor, health system leader and past member of the DMU Board of Trustees was honored for his service this spring.
DMU Reunion festivities June 8-9 included hearty applause for the 2012 Alumni of the Year for their diverse accomplishments, leadership at the University and direct, positive impact on students.
“LGBT individuals are individuals,” states Will Narracci, D.O.’14, M.P.H.’14. “They are people with whom we interact on a daily basis, people we already know, like and respect, who happen to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.”
Medical professionals who understand the diverse and unique health care needs of LGBTQ patients are key to competent, compassionate health care. Lack of that understanding as well as the stigma and disparities experienced by many non-heterosexuals can compound these populations’ health problems.
Equipping health care students to provide competent, respectful care for all patients, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and questioning populations, is both a challenge and an imperative for institutions like DMU. It’s not about being “nice”; it’s a critical aspect of educational and professional excellence.
Regardless of one’s personal views, attitudes against non-heterosexuals are harmful to health care, both for patients and the profession. As a nation founded on principles of democracy, freedom and inalienable rights, America remains unsettled in its acceptance of individuals who …