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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

Gain insights, advice at Oct. 12 residency forum

Want to know what medical residency is really like? DMU students will gain insights and advice from University graduates in family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, otolaryngology and podiatric medicine at a residency forum this Friday, Oct. 12. The …

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Meet the DMU Health Leaders

Among Des Moines University’s 40-plus student clubs and organizations, there’s one that offers something for everyone: the DMU Health Leaders. Open to students in all eight DMU degree programs, the Health Leaders Club offers opportunities to network with and learn …

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Innovation in whole-person patient care

Carey Johnson Wennerstrom, D.O.’08, ABFM, ABOIM, ABIHM, strives to practice every day a key principle of osteopathic medicine – to “set the body up to heal itself.” She saw that in action as a DMU student on rotation at McDonagh …

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Alumni Elected and Honored by IOMA

Headquartered in Des Moines, IOMA represents the approximately 1,000 osteopathic physicians practicing in the state. Daniel Arnold, D.O.’99, a physician with UnityPoint Clinics in Bettendorf, IA, was elected president of the Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association at its annual conference and …

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“A special kind of crazy”

Carl Schultz, D.O.’80, FACEP, has devoted his DMU education to doing great things. He practiced emergency medicine for 27 years in Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Davenport, IA, and then in Fort Myers, FL. He worked for 10 years as a ship’s …

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Finding far-flung alumni

DMUmagazine recently encountered alumni who have taken their expertise and service to various corners of the world. Below are glimpses of their experiences. Do you have experiences off the beaten path that you’d like to share? Contact DMUmagazine Editor Barbara Dietrich Boose …

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Physician, Director, Consultant, Coach: A Man Who’s Worn Many Hats in Health Care

An interview with Richard Pitts, D.O.’73, PH.D. RICHARD PITTS, D.O.’73, PH.D., began his health care career in emergency, occupational and preventive medicine and went on to earn a doctoral degree in applied management and decision sciences from Walden University and five …

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Oh, what a difference three decades make

The three associate professors who retired this summer to emeriti faculty status have served the University and its students for more than three decades each. Here they look back and ahead to life after DMU. O’Connell cultivates eclectic interests Having …

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Announcing the 2018-19 DMU Alumni of the Year

Des Moines University is delighted to honor the 2018-19 Alumni of the Year for their achievements, service and leadership in health care. College of Health Sciences: Blake A. Hardy, P.T., D.P.T.’05, OCS Blake Hardy’s work life started at the hospital …

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