Lessons in learning

Does interprofessional interaction among health care students foster their understanding and appreciation of their future colleagues? Does technology in medical simulation activities enhance their acquisition and retention of knowledge? A DMU task force is encouraging faculty to explore these and other questions on effective teaching and learning.

DMU students elected COSGP leaders

Keep your eye on these current and future movers and shakers in health care: DMU students Tara Blalock Hughes and Mali Schneiter recently were elected national chair and national global health representative, respectively, of the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents, the official voting voice of all osteopathic medical students.

MHA faculty earns prestigious credential

Like her fellow faculty in DMU’s master of health care administration program, Associate Professor Ann York, Ph.D., believes lifelong learning is increasingly important in our fast-changing world. One way she walked that talk is by earning the credential of fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

High-achieving students, grads

Two members of the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Class of 2013 were selected to receive scholarships, while another was awarded the Michael L. Stone D.P.M. Outstanding Professional Conduct Award at the annual business meeting of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.

CPMS student elected APMSA liaison to AAPPM

DMU podiatric medical student Michael Johnson believes the business component of medical practice should be part of the copious volumes that medical students need to learn. That’s why he sought – and won – election as the student liaison for the American Podiatric Medical Students’ Association to the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management.

CPMS teams hoop it up at DMU-hosted tournament

Medical students in general are a competitive bunch, but that rose to a whole new level when DMU’s College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and the American Podiatric Medical Students’ Association (APMSA) hosted the annual APMSA basketball tournament in April. DMU students seized the opportunity to showcase the college and Des Moines.

Homeland Security officer named COM dean

J.D. Polk, D.O., FACOEP, has taken care of people ranging from astronauts 250 nautical miles above the Earth to Chilean miners trapped nearly half a mile below its surface. This August, the chief medical officer of the Department of Homeland Security will take the reins as dean of DMU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.

DMU event fuels girl power

On a Saturday in March, the students who handled human organs, scrubbed in for surgery and made plaster casts were decidedly younger and shorter than usual on the DMU campus: The University’s eighth annual Girls in Science Day drew more than 200 current elementary-school girls, tomorrow’s physicians, scientists and leaders.

The ‘ultimate gift’

Amid the pain and worry of her husband’s illness and subsequent passing, Julie Powell-Mohr was comforted by his decision to make the ultimate gift – and the response she received from the DMU community. Attending the University’s body donor memorial service, she says, felt like “sitting in the lap of God.”

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