Jake Murray, D.O.'16 ProfilePosition(s)StudentDoctor of Osteopathic Medicine ProgramHometown: Urbandale, IA Undergrad: University of Iowa Major: Physiology Age: 24Were you surprised by anything in the program?I was surprised how interested the faculty and professors are in the students. I did not expect that, nor do they have to, but it has created a much more engaging experience for my education.Any advice for prospective students?Get to know your classmates! They are incredible people and they all have something unique about them to learn. Doing this has helped my school work as well as feel even more connected to new friends.What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?Make this your experience, and make it your best. These days there is no longer a single, precise list of things a person needs to do to reach an end result. There are so many ways to achieve what you want, so be sure to always engage your passions, expand your interests, and always give each experience your best effort.Why do you want to be a DO?I want to be a DO so I can get as much of a comprehensive training as possible and because it aligns with my beliefs in approaching a patient in a more holistic manner. The more I learn each day, I am continually more encouraged to be a DO.Extracurricular activities:Student Osteopathic Medical Association officer, Student Osteopathic Internal Medicine Association officer, Student Tour Guide, disadvantaged elementary school mentor, Intramural basketball, and playing in various soccer leagues.Why DMU?Like some, I had a tough decision in choosing which school I would attend. I chose DMU because it was important to my success to be part of a strong and positive community and DMU’s community was unmatched. Additionally, DMU’s excellent national reputation guided my decision.Favorite thing about Des Moines?It is a growing city and there are constantly new things popping up to try. Also, I can’t forget all the outdoor activities which I love.