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Clubs and Special Interest Groups

Students shave their heads to support childhood cancer research during the annual St. Baldrick's event.

Students shave their heads to support childhood cancer research during the annual St. Baldrick’s event.

Clubs, local chapters of national groups, honorary societies, and other special interest groups offer students a chance to get involved. Students join these groups to meet peers, learn more about a professional organization, voice an opinion or volunteer in the community.

There are many meetings, fundraisers or events on campus. Student groups hold fundraisers, help local kids, attend national conventions, lobby for a cause and more. Some clubs and organizations are free to join and some have an annual fee. Several welcome all students and some are limited to students from a certain program. Most groups have a faculty or staff advisor.

Students requiring an accommodation to participate in an activity sponsored by Student Life should contact our department.


American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine Club (AAPSM) strives to promote education and the enhancement of knowledge in the field of podiatric sports medicine. Our goal is to provide students an opportunity to advance their understanding of evaluation, treatment, management, and prevention of lower extremity injuries in sports and fitness through educational seminars and workshops. We believe that through this mission, we will positively affect the public’s awareness of podiatric sports medicine and its promise to ensure health and safety in the active individual.

American Association of Women Podiatrists and Friends (AAWP & Friends) is an organization for both men and women. The mission of the student chapter of the club is to promote podiatric medicine and provide leadership in the advancement of the educational, political, financial, social, and emotional well-being of our members. Speakers are scheduled at monthly meetings, including a presentation by current medical students on tips for surviving medical school and physicians regarding life with a family.

American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine (ACFAOM) serves the interests of students by educating and informing podiatric medical students of the trends and developments in podiatric medicine, orthopedics and sports medicine. The club presents lecturers who are leaders in the various fields of podiatric medicine and also sponsors workshops and clinical rotations covering various aspects of podiatric medicine and sports medicine. The podiatric profession often works to enhance the scope of many orthopedic clinics around the country and this club enables its members to become aware of the many topics in the field. It will be the policy of the student chapter to present and maintain a broad, well-balanced program for all IPMSA members.

American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) is the national professional organization for osteopathic family physicians. Through its student chapters, ACOFP promotes awareness and interest in osteopathic family medicine. The DMU student chapter of ACOFP is very active both on campus and in the community, offering educational, community service, and recreational programs. The DMU-ACOFP chapter sponsors a mentoring program, clinical experience by assisting at a free clinic, access to preceptors, a variety of luncheons, Grand Rounds Program, Annual Wine and Cheese Party, National Osteopathic Medicine Week activities, Community Wellness Education Programs, scholarships and many other activities.

American Medical Student Association (AMSA), with nearly a half-century of medical student activism, is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the U.S. developed and governed by students. AMSA is involved in global health and service projects, works to increase awareness of social issues, and advocates for both osteopathic and allopathic medical students. AMSA is a leader in advocating for ethics and principles in medical practice and training through programs like PharmFree. AMSA has recently become the U.S. member organization of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA). Membership benefits include a four-year subscription to The New Physician journal, an AMSA Visa with no annual fee and a Netter Atlas of Human Anatomy, a 5% discount at Barnes & Noble, discounts for car insurance, hotel accommodations, and car rentals, the opportunity to network with other medical students throughout the country and so much more! Also, the AMSA website has many free programs for your Palm Pilot.

Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (AMOPS) is directed at students attending medical school on scholarship with the military or Public Health Service. The primary goals of the chapter are to assist members in obtaining information concerning officer training, the scholarship itself, military clinical rotations, residency programs, and medicine in a military environment, and to provide information on life in the military in general. Some of our scheduled plans include our annual formal dinner, visiting an Army field hospital (MASH unit), a football game party, opportunities to volunteer, such as the Combat Hunger Food Drive, plus a variety of interesting speakers with various military experiences. We’re looking forward to sharing more information with you about a great way to finance your education!

Christian Medical Association (CMA) is the local affiliate of the national Christian Medical and Dental Association. The club’s focus at DMU is to encourage students to live their lives for Christ and to assist them in their faith, as they become physicians and health care professionals. Weekly meetings at noon provide time for praise and worship, speakers, and prayer. Outside of the noon hour, men’s and women’s Bible studies meet weekly and fellowship events are held monthly. Unique opportunities to serve the local community exist through a free clinic and a homeless shelter.

Dermatology Club is open to all students at Des Moines University. It was created to raise student, staff, faculty and public awareness regarding the present and future state of both preventive and palliative dermatological care. It will introduce students to information regarding the residency training and the necessary steps to be competitive in this field. The club will create excellent educational and clinical training opportunities aimed at enhancing dermatological health. Our goal is to build a strong network for medical students and residents who are working to become tomorrow’s providers of health care in the field of Dermatology.

Emergency Medicine Club, nationally registered with the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians and the American College of Emergency Physicians, serves students interested in emergency medicine. Members have opportunities to learn new, cutting edge information from speakers engaged in emergency services. Members are also able to develop skills through various workshops organized by the EM club including casting, intubation, EKG, and suturing clinics. The club has shadowing programs available to members through Mercy’s EM department as well as ride-alongs with West Des Moines Emergency Medical Services. The Emergency Medicine Club can also help students network with professionals which is beneficial to those who plan to practice emergency medicine.

Gay Straight Alliance acts as an avenue for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight students to celebrate our unique diversity in healthcare. The club focuses on promoting acceptance and providing support for LGBT health care students, physicians and other health care providers, as well as offering opportunities for straight students to learn and better understand LGBT issues and culture. Activities center on education and awareness, including presentations on health care topics, anti-discrimination issues and unique aspects of caring for LGBT patients. Various area service events offer a chance for DMU students to share our goals with the community. All club events offer a safe and supportive atmosphere.

Geriatrics Club provides the opportunity to enhance educational exposure to elderly patient care, diagnosis and treatment. Geriatrics Club members expand their knowledge of geriatric medicine and gerontology which permeate every healthcare field. Our activities include physician shadowing, hosting the fall Senior Health Fair, Grand Rounds, and many other services to the community. The Geriatrics Club is open to all interested students and works with various older adult resource centers including AARP.

Holistic Medicine Club seeks to advocate healing practices that incorporate the entire human (body, mind, and soul). We provide information on popular alternative therapies not taught in the standard medical curriculum. Speakers are brought to campus to share their expertise in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) techniques, such as meditation, acupuncture, and many other non-traditional approaches to medicine. The club also raises awareness to holistic medicine through its community service and campus-wide activities. Our ultimate goal is the promotion of compassionate, open-minded future physicians and health care practitioners. All students are invited to join; holistic enthusiasts and nay-sayers alike. Knowledge is power; get informed with HMC!

Infectious Disease and Public Health Club (IDPHC) is open to all students of the University. Its mission is to enlighten students on issues and events in the areas of public health and infectious diseases, particularly those which are emerging and could affect individuals in the United States. Our goal is to provide presentations and interactions on campus with people who have first-hand experience with these issues.

International Medicine Club is aimed at promoting the importance of multiculturalism in society today. A social organization at heart, the club attempts to bring students of all heritages and backgrounds together to learn from each other and to simply understand the world outside of our backyards. Actively supporting all organizations and events on campus, the International Medicine Club has been a vital part of DMU’s commitment to cultural awareness and the celebration of the diversity in America.

Iowa Medical Society (IMS) – The goal of IMS is to promote medical education through community service projects. The club will also offer opportunities to work with other medical students in the state and emphasize the importance of cooperation between MDs and DOs. Through delegates in the student chapter, students will also have an opportunity to influence medical legislation at the state level. Membership through DMU/IMS will also allow students to join the AMA which entitles them to a free Steadman’s Medical Dictionary and a subscription to JAMA. Students will also receive a free back pack for joining DMU/IMS.

Iowa Podiatric Medical Students Association (IPMSA) functions as the governing body for students in the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (CPMS), with the president of IPMSA also being the president of the CPMS Student Government Association. Every podiatric medical student is required to maintain membership in IPMSA. IPMSA holds monthly meetings in which all CPMS students are invited and play a role as a voting member. IPMSA serves as an umbrella organization over all podiatric clubs. IPMSA sends APMSA representatives from each class as well as the president to semi-annual American Podiatric Medical Students Association meetings. These representatives convey CPMS student opinions and return with information about a variety of topics such as board exams, residency structures, scholarships, and other opportunities for all podiatric medical students. Dues also allow you to receive the monthly Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA) and the APMA News.

Jewish Medical Student Association believes there is an opportunity to explore faith and promote understanding of the Jewish faith in connection with the practice of medicine. The Jewish Medical Student Association will have regular formal exchanges and social events among Jewish and non-Jewish students to extend and deepen understanding of one another. The club will be an opportunity for Jewish students to incorporate their faith into their medical school education as well as future medical practice.

The Master of Public Health Student Club serves as a central access point for interdisciplinary collaboration, socialization, and experiential learning for Des Moines University local and distance learners in the MPH program and other DMU academic programs. The mission of the club is to enhance networking within the community of scholars in the public health program at Des Moines University. In addressing its mission, the club strives to foster education, learning and service to promote the health of communities.

Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) was organized to promote an understanding of women’s reproductive health and to ensure that women receive the full range of reproductive health care choices. The club’s objectives are to create awareness regarding the present and future of women’s reproductive health care through educational efforts; create excellent educational and clinical training opportunities aimed at enhancing women’s reproductive health care; and build a network of support and resources for medical students who are working to become tomorrow’s pro-choice health care providers.

Muslim Osteopathic Students Association (MOSA) is a local chapter of the National Islamic Medical Association. The organization offers students a forum to celebrate extensive contributions of Islamic medicine and to encourage its practice. The organization further serves as a spiritual conduit for those seeking to live by Islamic values and tenets. Weekly and daily prayers are offered in congregation. The organization works intimately with Des Moines area mosques in alleviating medical, education and financial hardships of indigent populations.

Neurology Club was organized to explore the complex array of medical, psychological and social issues impacting upon the ill patient. The club will present speakers and programs to discuss the connection between the functions of the organ system and the functions of the brain, thereby laying a strong foundation for understanding mind-body relationships. In addition to speakers, programs could also involve research and service.

Obstetrics and Gynecology (Ob/Gyn) Club was organized to provide exposure to topics relating to obstetrics, gynecology, and women’s health through speakers and activities. The club will present speakers to educate students about the various paths in the Ob/Gyn field. There will be opportunities to participate in community service projects that are within the Ob/Gyn spectrum, including the new Mothers Linked to Medical Students program where students will get to shadow a woman they are partnered with through her pregnancy and delivery at Broadlawns hospital.

Oncology Club was organized to provide exposure to those interested in oncology and its parallel aspect to modern basic science research in the area of oncology. All students enrolled in COM, CPMS or CHS are eligible to participate. To become an active member of the society, students must complete a variety of selected tasks, including research presentations, clinical observation, meeting attendance, grand rounds, tumor board meetings, student cancer conferences and volunteering. Successful completion of the active participant objectives will result in membership induction into the Oncology Honor Society and will be recognized by a certificate.

Pediatrics Club is all about gaining experience, service, and fun. We are dedicated to offering monthly meetings where students will learn about the profession and be inspired to make it through one more night of late studying. The Peds Club wants to help you determine if pediatrics is a profession you would like to pursue. To fulfill that goal, the club has lunchtime pediatric specialist speakers and the residency dinners. In addition, you have the opportunity to perform school physicals, tutor elementary students in reading, and help with SAA babysitting in order to gain real-life experience. In our commitment to service, the club has numerous interactive events such as the Orchard Place Halloween Party, the House of Mercy Holiday Party, the Heart Connection Cancer Camp, Youth Emergency Services Shelter Shoebox project, and much more! When you have the time, we have an uplifting activity. All DMU students are welcome to join the club. The only requirement is a love of children! Membership dues are $40 for first-year DO and DPM students and $20 for second-year students.

Physical Therapy Club is a voluntary extracurricular club designed to supplement the growing and learning experiences of students, as well as provide opportunities for leadership roles. Community service activities are available based on member interest and have included volunteering at the Children’s Habilitation Center, Habitat for Humanity, and Special Olympics. P.T. Club also sponsors P.T. Week every October to promote National Physical Therapy Month. Activities occur throughout the year to enable students to relate to those with disabilities and participate in activities to raise money for charities. Speakers are also included in club activities to enhance knowledge concerning current topics in Physical Therapy and health care.

Physician Assistant Club is geared towards current PA students, encouraging them to promote academic achievement, clinical excellence, and professional identity. Since the medical field is such a changing and advancing area of study, our goal is to keep abreast of current medical developments and apply our skills within the community. Also, since the PA is a relatively new member of the health care team, we will educate both the public and DMU about the contributions PAs have made toward advancing medicine.

Podiatric Practice Management & Journal Club (PPMJC) covers two facets, podiatric practice management and effectively researching the medical literature. A practice management seminar with a prominent member of the podiatric profession is held each semester. These guest speakers discuss a variety of topics, such as procedures for setting up a podiatric office and the keys to a successful practice. Additional meetings are designed to help students prepare for clinical rotations and residency. An essential adjunct to a podiatric education is early exposure to the journal reading necessary for continuing education in this specialty field. Knowing how to use the latest evidence-based research in the care of the foot and ankle is a crucial task for all podiatric students to master by the time they enter practice. PPMJC has regular journal topic assignments to read for our discussions on critically reading medical literature. These sessions emphasize learning the most efficient ways to delve into medical literature to prepare for rotations and residency, as well as giving an early step up into the clinical picture for 1st and 2nd year students.

Preventive Medicine Club is involved in promoting health and fitness for Des Moines University students, staff, faculty and surrounding community. The club also provides training for the integration of preventive health care in future practices. Prevention awareness is accomplished through blood pressure screenings, Personal Wellness Profile (PWP), guest lecturers (about preventive medicine, occupational medicine, and nutrition), community education, and other projects and programs. The club provides an excellent opportunity for students to work with the Wellness Department in our efforts to increase awareness about the importance of preventing disease through exercise, stress management, health screening and proper nutrition.

Psychiatry Club develops programs that expose the membership to various psychiatry specialties and topics through a variety of lectures and laboratories. The club also seeks to provide a broader education in the field of psychiatry.

Sports Medicine Club is open to all DMU students interested in the well being of athletes. This club provides luncheon lectures with speakers in all areas of Sports Medicine (e.g., family practice physicians, orthopedic surgeons, athletic trainers, and PTs). The club also attempts to provide opportunities for members to work with the local sports medicine physicians. The club hosts an annual taping clinic and does many community service activities with local athletes.

Student Chapter of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (SCACFAS) introduces students to the fundamental principles and practices essential to the surgically oriented podiatric physician. Included in monthly meetings are interactive surgical skills labs, case presentations and a clinical perspective in regard to the surgical aspects of primary care. The club also stresses the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to total foot care.

Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the nation’s oldest and largest organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. SNMA is committed to strengthening the educational pipeline that flows from elementary schools into medical school, by fostering scientific interest in elementary students and mentoring them as they progress through high school and college. The club’s programs are designed to (1) serve the health needs of under-represented communities, educating people about important health matters; and (2) ensure that medical services are sensitive to the needs of culturally diverse populations. SNMA is also committed to reducing morbidity and mortality in underserved communities by focusing on educating and empowering those communities to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Student National Podiatric Medical Association (SNPMA) is a national organization dedicated to bringing podiatric medicine awareness to the local communities, especially to the minority communities. Our local chapter’s goal is to increase awareness of podiatric medicine in Des Moines by volunteering for community-oriented projects including serving food at the local Catholic Worker House, sports events, and fundraising for nonprofit organizations. We also provide information on proper foot care and career opportunities to high school students through Des Moines University’s Community Awareness Program.

Student Osteopathic Internal Medicine Association (SOIMA) raises interest and provides information in regard to the multi-disciplinary field of internal medicine, which includes General Internal Medicine, Hospitalist Medicine, Adolescent Medicine, Allergy/Immunology, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Hematology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Oncology, Pulmonary, and Rheumatology. Regular club activities involve lectures on important topics and cases in internal medicine provided by local clinicians, as well as student-organized community service activities. Members of the club have many opportunities to become acquainted with residents in the various subspecialties of internal medicine through grand rounds and shadowing opportunities. SOIMA also sponsors the annual Residency Dinner where students have the opportunity to sit down and talk one-on-one with physicians in the field of internal medicine. These events allow club members to become more familiar with the many challenges and rewards experienced by a practice in internal medicine.

Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) links students to the members, philosophies and activities of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the governing organization of the osteopathic medical community of the United States. The Des Moines University-SOMA chapter works locally to assist osteopathic medical students throughout their medical school training by providing educational lectures, community service opportunities, and a strong support system. Nationally, SOMA works to promote awareness of student concerns to the AOA, to provide benefits that will make life as a medical student more enjoyable and to address issues that affect not only the osteopathic medical community, but also all societal issues that are of concern. As a new member of SOMA you will receive a Netters Atlas and a pair of scrub pants.

Student Osteopathic Surgery Association (SOSA) is an organization of students interested in expanding their knowledge of surgery and surgical techniques through activities such as guest lectures, joint replacement and laparoscopic workshops, suturing clinics, knot tying labs, mentoring programs, conventions, and socials with fellow students and surgeons. SOSA is the student division of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons; thus joining SOSA will also provide you with a connection to surgeons in practice and the benefits of their national organization. All students are welcome to join because, as you will soon find out, all specialties involve some aspects of surgery.

Students for Life is an organization that promotes the pro-life viewpoint and deepens the understanding of the dignity of the human person before and after birth. The club provides factual information upon which individuals may make an informed decision about the various topics of fetal development, abortion, alternatives to abortion, and euthanasia. DMU Students for Life also provides information concerning support systems and services available to provide assistance to women who face or may be faced with unplanned pregnancies. The club will bring in speakers, provide presentations, and provide literature concerning these topics.

Undergraduate American Academy of Osteopathy (UAAO) is a nationally recognized organization with an extremely active chapter on the DMU campus. Our goal is to provide diverse, “hands on” opportunities to learn what Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) is all about. The club accomplishes this by sponsoring innovative workshops and luncheon programs with nationally renowned osteopathic physicians. UAAO also sponsors the Osteopathic Finish Line (OFL), which provides an OMM treatment tent at local road races, and an opportunity for members to practice their OMM skills outside of the classroom environment. Joining UAAO would provide you with multiple opportunities to experience DMU’s unique osteopathic point of view.

The mission of the Women’s Medical Alliance (WMA) of DMU is to improve the personal and professional well being of its members, increase the influence of women in all aspects of the medical profession, and enhance the quality of women’s health care. The club sponsors speakers addressing issues that women face both as patients and health care providers. Community involvement includes volunteering with the House of Mercy women’s center, Race for the Cure, Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities, and blood drives. Another successful WMA sponsored event is the Girls in Science Day which is a program to encourage involvement of middle school aged girls in the sciences. Dues are $25 for first-year D.O., D.P.M. and D.P.T. students and $18 for second-year students.

Special interest groups

Community Ambassadors Program (CAP) is an organization open to all who are interested with teaching and interacting with the community. In this program people are asked to give on and off campus organ demonstrations to kids ranging from elementary school to undergraduate school. This program allows students to have hands on teaching experience with members of the community. There are no dues associated with this program.

The DMU Anesthesiology Interest Group is open to COM students that have an interest in anesthesiology. The group’s mission is to promote anesthesiology and offer opportunities to learn about various aspects of the specialty and subspecialties within the field by bringing speakers to the campus and through other activities. The primary goals are to provide a forum for students who share an interest in anesthesiology to exchange information and to help prepare students interested in pursuing anesthesiology in residency. The group maintains a national connection through the American Society of Anesthesiologists medical student component.

Homeless Camp Outreach is open to all members of the Des Moines University community. Our goal is to establish personal, caring relationships with the homeless around Des Moines in which the campers’ dignity and humanity is validated. To achieve this goal, we visit area homeless camps weekly, educate volunteers about the lives of homeless people, partner with other existing homeless camp outreaches, organize supply drives to provide small living essentials and connect campers to medical services, including the DMU-Broadlawns Mobile Clinic.

The Student Osteopathic Orthopedic Association (SOOA) aims to form a bridge between Osteopathic Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery. The group tries to provide all members with the opportunity to change the future of Osteopathic Orthopedic medicine and promotes the development of well educated and experienced health care practitioners. To do this, the club will invite orthopedists to come speak to club members regarding orthopedics as a career, the residency application, the orthopedic residency, as well as other areas of interest. Additionally, the group is working to provide members with local shadowing opportunities.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) is a rapidly growing field of medicine. The DMU PM&R Interest Group gives students the opportunity to learn more about the field as 1st and 2nd year D.O. students. The group will meet and discuss questions about the field and learn about local and national rehabilitation opportunities such as shadowing and rotations.

Student Physicians for Social Responsibility (SPSR) is guided by the values and expertise of medicine and public health, and works to protect human life from the gravest threats to health and survival. With this intention, through education, dialogue, lobbying, and collaboration with other groups, SPSR strives to achieve a sustainable environment, to reduce violence and its causes including gun violence in our society, to eliminate nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, and to promote peace and social justice. As a special interest group, our objectives are to increase awareness of these social issues to Des Moines University students and to encourage participation solving these problems.

Honorary societies

Alpha Eta is the national scholastic honor society of the allied health professions. Its purpose is to promote and recognize scholarship, leadership and contributions to the allied health professions.

Des Moines University Health Leaders (Participates in the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) Higher Education Network) Des Moines University Health Leaders Group strives to provide opportunities for students and executives to interact, explore issues regarding successful leadership and management, build an evidenced-based approach to leading and managing health care organizations, share knowledge and experiences, and learn with each other how to build a strong network of current and future Iowa health care leaders. Our mission is to provide opportunities for practical experience and to build professional development through enhanced networking capabilities within the community.

Gold Humanism Honor Society The College of Osteopathic Medicine and the department of medical humanities are proud sponsors of the Gold Humanism Honor Society chapter on campus. The Gold Humanism Honor Society honors senior medical students, residents, role-model physician teachers and other exemplars recognized for “demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service.” Only the second college of osteopathic medicine sanctioned by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the college inducted its inaugural group of 30 members in July, 2008.

Pi Alpha is the national physician assistant honor society organized for the promotion and recognition of significant academic achievement, leadership, research community/professional service, and related activities, and the encouragement of a high standard of character and conduct among both physician assistant students and graduates.

Pi Delta (Iota Chapter) recognizes the academic achievements of students in the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. The primary objective of Pi Delta is to promote high scholarship in the podiatric sciences in order to progressively advance the profession. Election into Pi Delta symbolizes high scholastic achievement and provides a professional scholarship incentive. Another important objective of Pi Delta is the promotion of scholarly fellowship by bringing together students and faculty in a fraternal-scholastic relationship. Regular meetings of Pi Delta emphasize the professional aspects of podiatric medicine and serve as a guide for instructive study and research.

Sigma Sigma Phi (SSP) is the National Osteopathic Honor Society that is actively involved in organizing several large conferences throughout the year, as well as many community and campus projects. Each local chapter represents those students who excel academically and who show a strong commitment to extracurricular involvement. Those students who are academically eligible are invited to apply for membership during the Fall and/or Spring membership drive. SSP membership may be looked at favorably by many competitive residencies.

Special affiliations

Community Ambassadors Program (CAP) is an organization open to all who are interested with teaching and interacting with the community. In this program people are asked to give on and off campus organ demonstrations to kids ranging from elementary school to undergraduate school. This program allows students to have hands on teaching experience with members of the community.

Conservation and Sustainability Committee was initiated in 2008 through the energy and environmental consciousness of our students to research current recycling efforts, identify additional options to support a “green” campus, and promote sustainability in campus operations. The areas through which DMU supports sustainability include solid waste reduction and recycling, energy conservation and efficiency, transportation, food service, campus grounds and campus planning. Students who are interested in developing a more effective and comprehensive on-campus recycling program are encouraged to join the Conservation & Sustainability Committee. As a medical sciences institution dedicated to wellness, it is appropriate that we support and foster a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future for all of society.

DMU Choir invites students from all programs to participate. Practice is held on a weekly basis with more frequent rehearsals as a performance nears. A wide variety of musical styles are rehearsed and the choir is looking for all vocal ranges. The group averages nearly 20 students, but all are not obligated to sign in every event. The choir will sing as a large group or small group based on need for a given event. The choir has been involved in on-campus events such as the Veterans Day observance and Commencement Banquets. The group is flexible and is willing to play in any sized event.

DMU String Quartet is a string music performing group comprised of DMU faculty and students. The group currently has musicians at 1st violin, 2nd violin, cello and oboe. Any string instruments are welcome, especially viola. Performances take place in DMU campus events, such as legislative events and memorial services. The quartet will also play community events if requested.  The quartet primarily plays classical music and movie themes.

Global Health Student Group is a medical outreach program which provides medical care for the indigent populations of the western hemisphere. Membership is open to all students including DO, DPM, PA, and DPT. Members can serve the organization by volunteering for medical missions, locating and donating medical supplies and contributing financial support.

Significant Others’ Support (SOS) is the only organization for spouses and significant others of students attending Des Moines University. Significant Others’ Support gives spouses and significant others of DMU students a better understanding of the medical world and each step of the training process. SOS also provides a unique support system and a connection to DMU and the Des Moines community.