Programs Offered

Our Mission

To improve lives in our global community by educating diverse groups of highly competent and compassionate osteopathic physicians, health educators, researchers and scholars.

Our Vision

  • The College of Osteopathic Medicine will be a leader in innovative medical education, both undergraduate and graduate, by meeting the highest standards of academic and clinical achievement.
  • The College of Osteopathic Medicine will be a cultivator of distinctive educators and students who discover, disseminate, and apply new knowledge.
  • The College of Osteopathic Medicine, through innovative design, will develop methods/processes to educate our students in the pursuit of delivering services that enhance health, wellness and education in our local, national, and global communities.
  • The College of Osteopathic Medicine will engage in and enable research and scholarly activity to advance the knowledge of health care, osteopathic medicine and in the sciences and technologies that will shape medicine, science, and education.
  • The College of Osteopathic Medicine will encourage, enable, and enhance the creation and development of graduate medical education, by lending support, education, and resources to further the goal of creating graduate opportunities in osteopathic medicine.

News and Updates

Numbers double for DMU Service Award

On May 17, DMU recognized 111 students with this year’s Service Awards, compared to 58 recipients last year. The Des Moines University Student Service Award recognizes students from all programs who demonstrate efforts to improve lives in our global community …

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DMU celebrates the class of 2019

It was another celebratory year as Des Moines University awarded 458 degrees in eight programs at the 119th annual Commencement Ceremony on May 24. Family, friends, faculty and staff celebrated the graduates throughout the week with programs, awards and a …

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DMU faculty win AACOM Innovation Education Award

A doctor of Korean heritage who grew up in Oregon becomes uncomfortable when a patient asks her about “the medicine of your people.” A Brazilian immigrant who doesn’t speak English struggles to communicate with the doctor who’s treating her nine-year-old …

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DMU students selected for summer 2019 Distinguished Global Health Internships

The DMU Department of Global Health’s Distinguished Global Health Internships are highly selective research opportunities that enable students to explore global health research topics at various organizations. Students have the opportunity to work with researchers on projects such as conducting systematic reviews …

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Steven Halm announced as new DMU COM dean

Steven J. Halm, D.O., FAAP, FACP, will bring a wealth of clinical practice, teaching and service experiences to DMU when he takes the reins as dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) on July 8, 2019. Since 2015, Dr. …

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10 things to know about DMU’s Anatomy Ambassador President

Megan Fagalde, a student in DMU’s master of anatomy program, singlehandedly transformed DMU’s engagement with high school students across the state of Iowa in her time at the University. Megan came to me about a year and half ago with …

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DMU’s OMM Fellows land top research award

DMU’s osteopathic manual medicine (OMM) Fellows complete a 12-month experience divided nearly equally in clinical and academic duties. They spend time with attendings in the University’s on-campus OMM Clinic in the mornings and then, in the afternoons, primarily teach in …

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DMU students rock residency placement

The osteopathic medical students and podiatric medical students who are members of the Des Moines University Class of 2019 were strong contenders for postgraduate residencies, the next phase of their medical training. Of the 220 class members in the College …

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Alumnus and his team train millions to save millions more

When Karl “Fritz” Disque, D.O.’07, R.Ph., was in Haiti to help provide relief after the island nation’s catastrophic earthquake in 2010, he and his team encountered a woman who went into labor while digging her family out of the rubble. …

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