Dean’s Office

What?  How?  Where?  Why?

Steven J. Halm, Des Moines University Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine

You know what you want – to be a physician. You know how you get there – hard work, academic success, effective communication skills and persistence. You are now looking into where.

But I encourage each of you to examine why you want to be a physician and why you might want to become a great physician at Des Moines University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Understanding your why, your purpose for becoming a physician, will likely lead you to determine where – and we think the finest place for you is here at DMU COM.

DMU will help you develop your purposeful journey in medicine and the health sciences. Whether you plan to directly care for patients, manage groups of health care providers, discover research options, lead medical teams and organizations, or teach students your clinical knowledge and skills, we will help you discover your why.

Founded in 1898, DMU has a rich history of being the second oldest osteopathic medical school in the country with more than 14,000 living alumni who practice in all environments, including large university hospitals, small rural clinics and in all medical and surgical specialties. We live our mission of “educating diverse groups of highly competent and compassionate health professionals.” Today, we are reaching into the future by pursuing a curriculum that supports evidence-based medicine, innovation, interactivity and experiential learning – all integrated with the highest level of humanism and compassion that is at the heart of becoming a great osteopathic physician. Our eight graduate degree programs in medicine and the health sciences also enable our osteopathic students to interact and learn from other future health care leaders in a collaborative and stimulating environment.

I invite you to review our offerings, visit our campus and meet the faculty, students and staff of DMU. I am certain you will quickly sense our family atmosphere and supportive culture that fosters the highest quality results.

We welcome you to DMU with a smile!

Steven J. Halm, DO, FAAP, FACP
Dean


Dean's Office Staff

Sonya Collier, Des Moines University Student Graduate Medical Education CoordinatorSonya Collier, M.P.A.
Student/Graduate Medical Education Coordinator
Kara Thompson, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic MedicineKara Thompson, D.O., M.A.
Associate Dean for Student Advancement
Kathy Smith, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic MedicineKathy Smith
Administrative Assistant
Tashia Foster, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic MedicineTashia Foster, B.B.A.
Senior Administrative Assistant

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