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

Steven J. Halm, Des Moines University Dean of the College of Osteopathic MedicineWe 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 the “medical home,” a concept in which the integrated team takes care of the patient and works to keep someone healthy, versus a single practitioner working to fight disease and symptoms. Payment structures, policies, and numerous other changes are afoot that are changing the profile of the health care delivery system.

DMU’s COM 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.

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. This is why the comprehensive training of our future physicians and health care industry leaders is a noble and humbling calling. We invite you to join us!

Steven J. Halm, DO, FAAP, FACP

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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