Kenneth P. Anderson, Jr, D.O., M.S., C.P.E Interim Dean
Kenneth P. Anderson, Jr, D.O., M.S., C.P.E
Interim Dean

Welcome to Des Moines University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.

We have a rich history at the school that dates back more than 120 years. Our students are some of the most competitive medical students in the country -- osteopathic or allopathic. The reason for that is simple:  quality. We focus on providing a top quality medical education, a quality research enterprise, quality clinical experiences and the strongest possible outcomes for our students. At the core of the student experience are accomplished and engaging faculty members who provide rigorous and supportive teaching and training.

The landscape of medicine is changing. Preventive medicine is now a center piece in order to decrease downstream health care costs. Preventive medicine and a holistic approach have always been at the center of the osteopathic medicine philosophy. We are also entering into an era of medical home, where the team takes care of the patient and works to keep someone healthy, versus a single practitioner working to fight disease. Payment structures, policies, and numerous other changes are afoot that are changing the profile of the health care delivery system.

DMU’s alumni include board-certified medical specialists, academic leaders and educators, and medical practitioners and researchers. These osteopathic physicians also contribute to the health policy of communities throughout the nation, including those in underserved rural areas.

The importance and stature of the greatest profession on Earth still continue. To be a physician means to be personally invested in healing the sick, in helping the lives of others at times that are the darkest and most perilous, and in keeping people alive and healthy to allow them to thrive. I can think of no greater responsibility and privilege to serve others, except maybe for one:  training those physicians.

Kenneth P. Anderson, Jr, D.O., M.S., C.P.E
Interim Dean


Dean's Office Staff

Sonya Collier, M.P.A.
Student/Graduate Medical Education Coordinator
Kara Thompson, D.O., M.A.
Associate Dean for Student Advancement
Kathy SmithKathy Smith
Administrative Assistant
Tashia Foster, B.B.A.
Senior Administrative Assistant

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