Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
“Transitioning from our lifelong dedication in the classroom into clinical rotations is something that every student who walks the halls of Des Moines University looks forward to. I am here to say it is both the most exciting yet humbling time in my life thus far. DMU does a great job of making this transition as manageable while still as challenging as possible - it is not overwhelming but it is definitely not something anyone takes lightly. There are several different rotations around the Des Moines area that students work through in specific groups. These groups are so valuable in that they allow classmates to interact with each other through coming up with ideas, asking questions, and pushing each other to get better every day.”
Michaela Heys, D.P.M.'22
Diversity at DMU: Your culture creates ours
Cultural competency 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.
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.