Dean Greg Christiansen, D.O., M.Ed., FACOEP-D

We encourage you to explore the extraordinary resources DMU offers our medical students in pursuit of their life’s calling. The osteopathic distinction of weaving manual medicine with holistic care in treating the mind, body and spirit is a principle taught here for over 100 years. Additionally, with more than 12,000 successful alumni who have chosen DMU for their medical training, we are regarded as one of the premier institutions for aspiring medical and health care professionals to learn the healing arts.

Quality in All Dimensions

We are proud to highlight our outstanding faculty who embrace the domains of scholarly development, mentorship and teamwork. Our dedicated mission is to help our students learn the art of medicine, develop a professional identity, foster critical thinking skills for lifelong learning and provide guidance in the plethora of scholarly research opportunities. We take the philosophy that every graduate should understand the health care needs of the community. Training to the generalist perspective and being able to translate those skills to the specialists’ realm has contributed greatly to the success of our students. For two years running, DMU has been named first in the nation in producing primary care physicians. Ultimately, we want to give our students the tools and skills to be the best doctor they can be to care for their patients and excel in their chosen profession. 

Because of our rigorous educational design, our graduates have achieved outstanding boards scores on both the COMLEX and USMLE examinations year after year. The validation of our faculty’s instruction and curriculum has culminated in an outstanding record of residency placement. We have a year over year track record of placing our students in the most competitive residencies throughout the country.  To underscore our success, our match rate four years running has achieved a 100% post-graduate program placement.

A Culture of Innovation

Our focus is on providing an innovative educational product to impart effective learning for our students. We know the material taught today will become obsolete in the years to come. Therefore, the faculty instills adaptive learning strategies focused on advancement, modernization, and interprofessional teamwork. Understanding the intimacy of form and function as it relates to health and disease is a skill our doctors learn and appreciate in supporting the wellness of their patients. We use novel instructional techniques in simulation and standardized patients to improve educational efficiency and diversity. We offer early clinical experiences and international opportunities to give our students access to myriad learning conditions. We focus on a well-rounded graduate who understands the importance of servant leadership. The enhanced education gives our graduates the edge in meeting the needs of our local and global communities.

Living in Des Moines  

The city of 500,000 people is a vibrant and very active community for families and young adults. As the capital city of Iowa, Des Moines is the state’s cultural hub. Known as the heartland at the confluence of the Des Moines and Racoon rivers, it has a strong multinational business climate and a variety of distinct housing options. The city has miles of interlaced biking and running trails connecting suburbs with downtown sites. The diverse cultural, arts and sports venues host numerous events all year long. RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) and Iowa State Fair with its annual 1 million+ visitors are just a few entertainment events that are uniquely Iowan. The city also boasts having numerous medical systems to help support local rotation options across all specialties. Find out why Forbes, Business Insider, US News & World Report and many other publications consistently rank Des Moines as a top-tier city in the nation.

Providing the Resources for Success

We know it is very difficult to practice and operate in a resource poor or rural environment. And, we know training in one model is inadequate for adaptation to an ever-changing health care environment. Therefore, we train our physicians to be able to handle any condition and to serve patients in any environment.

The professional maturity our students achieve makes our graduates highly sought after because their skills are expertly applied in all situations.


We invite you to learn more about this esteemed institution and the training opportunities we provide. We are proud of our accomplished history and continue to expand our horizons to serve our patients. We look forward to sharing our success with you at DMU.

Greg Christiansen, D.O., M.Ed., FACOEP-D
Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dean’s Office Staff

Sonya Collier


Student Graduate/Medical Education Coordinator
College of Osteopathic Medicine

Alison JC Noftsger


Senior Administrative Assistant
College of Osteopathic Medicine