The best preparation for a great career

Hands-on, relevant and real-world: DMU's D.P.M. program will prepare you for a rewarding career

Des Moines University’s Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Program offers you the top advantages in medical education: expert, “open-door” faculty; a rigorous curriculum; state-of-the-art facilities; a collaborative and diverse research enterprise; and a collegial, supportive community of students and faculty engaged in learning and service. You will enjoy close relationships with patients in a profession that's flexible, family- and lifestyle-friendly and in demand.

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Program Highlights

Doctors of podiatric medicine (D.P.M.’s) provide treatment for the foot, ankle and lower limb in surgery, sports medicine, pediatrics, biomechanics, trauma and wound care. Lower-limb health directly affects the health and function of the rest of the body, so D.P.M.’s have a high impact on their patients’ quality of life.

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  • Learn from the best

    Faculty in DMU’s College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (CPMS) are nationally recognized experts with broad clinical expertise, diverse patient care and research endeavors. CPMS was the first podiatric medical school to be affiliated with an academic health center, offering all our students great resources and opportunities to learn from each other.
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  • Exceptional education

    CPMS prepares excellent podiatric physicians through an integrated program of didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences. Students take their first-year basic science courses with students in DMU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and focus more on the lower limb and physical diagnoses skills as they progress. High student outcomes in board exam scores, exam pass rates and residency placement are among the results of the program.

    Third-year D.P.M. students practice patient care in the DMU Foot and Ankle Clinic, part of the DMU Clinic on campus, and with other podiatric physicians in central Iowa. These rotations maximize students’ skills and experiences, and work in conjunction with clinical rotations in internal medicine supplemented by an emergency medicine stimulation rotation, vascular surgery, orthopedics and wound management.

    Fourth-year students participate in clerkship rotations that lead to residency opportunities as well as other medical specialty clinical rotations.
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  • Innovative teaching

    You will develop clinical, communication and interprofessional teamwork skills in DMU’s Simulation Center. It combines real-world clinical scenarios with lifelike, high-fidelity mannequins and equipment, allowing students to perform hands-on assessments and procedures.
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    The Standardized Performance Assessment Lab (SPAL) enables students to interact with and examine people trained to portray a variety of medical conditions. Students review videos of their patient encounters and learn from evaluations by faculty and “patients.”
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    The Surgery Skills Center includes simulation model labs, a computer lab, an operating room, laparoscopic and other special equipment. Students train in suturing, surgical instrumentation, dissection, intravenous insertions and other clinical and surgical procedures.
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    Clinical students learn how to use ultrasound technology, beginning in their first year, in anatomy and clinical medicine/diagnoses courses.

    In the anatomy lab, students dissect and analyze cadavers at 43 stations, each equipped with a 40-inch flat screen monitor, connected to an iPad that offers instructions linked to anatomical images online.

Meet Your Faculty

We are committed to training competent, passionate professionals. Our expert faculty make DMU a powerful place to learn.

Joshua Treimer, Des Moines University Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

“The transition from second to third year is where we actually begin synthesizing and applying what we’ve learned in a clinical setting. It has been an exciting time thus far seeing concepts that were previously just words on a PowerPoint come to life in the clinic and hospital. There is also the newfound challenge of understanding how everything works together, rather than simply regurgitating information for an exam.

My favorite rotation thus far was probably internal medicine at IMMC. It was a great opportunity to work with their attendings and residents. Part of why I enjoyed it was the wide variety of cases we had ranging from acute heart failure, to rat bite fever, to COVID-19. It certainly increased my foundation for general medicine and gave me a healthy understanding of operations in the hospital setting.”

Joshua Treimer, D.P.M.'22

Diversity at DMU: Your culture creates ours

Cultural competency and humility is part of the personal and professional development that happens at DMU. Our campus environment is shaped by individuals who bring cultural differences, life experiences and distinct characteristics.

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DMU offers opportunities to get involved in experiences outside the classroom. We are committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all our students.

Living in Des Moines: Your new favorite city

Besides being a great place to live and work, Des Moines is a vibrant city with communities from all walks of life. Ethnic grocery stores, restaurants and year-round events ensure that there’s always something for everyone.

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The Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery is accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education and the accreditation status is accreditation.
Accreditation is an indication of public approbation, attesting to the quality of the podiatric medical education program and the continued commitment of the institution to support the educational program. The Council is recognized as the professional institutional accrediting agency for podiatric medical education by the U. S. Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. For further information, please contact the Council on Podiatric Medical Education at the following address: Council on Podiatric Medical Education, 9312 Old Georgetown Road | Bethesda, MD 20814 | 301-571-9200.

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