Paul Volker, Des Moines University Family Medicine Clinic

Paul Volker, M.D., FAAFP

Assistant Professor, Osteopathic Clinical Medicine

Additional Roles
Assistant Professor, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Volker joined the Des Moines University Faculty in 2015 after over 25 years of experience practicing full-spectrum family medicine in rural Iowa.  He enjoys using that experience in both large- and small-group teaching of heath-profession students at DMU.


  • Faculty Adviser for 14 Medical Students. Meets mostly with first-year students on 15 occasions one-on-one to review test failures as well as provide general academic and existential counseling. Some counseling sessions are with students not assigned as my formal advisees, but who seek my advice.
  • Adviser to COM Geriatrics Club.
  • Along with the External and Government Affairs office, advocates for the State of Iowa Loan Repayment Program to students of all DMU colleges and departments interested in rural health care provision.
  • Physician Adviser and participant (clinic representative) in DMU senior health fair.
  • Participant in “Meet the faculty night” mixer for new DMU students.
  • Participant in DMU White Coat, Rite of Passage, and Commencement Ceremonies.
  • Completed annual online course of instruction in safety and compliance, and quarterly CPR performance refreshers, as required by the University.
  • DMU Faculty monthly meetings
  • COM Faculty monthly meetings
  • Family and Internal Medicine Department monthly meetings
  • Family Medicine Clinic Provider monthly meetings
  • DMU Clinic quarterly meetings
  • Unaffiliated with DMU, and on my personal time, I serve as faculty member for Presbyterian CREDO, an intensive wellness retreat program for Presbyterian clergy, 2-1/2 weeks per year.
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Geriatrics Society
American Medical Association
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
Iowa Medical Society
Iowa Academy of Family Physicians
Polk County Medical Society
Iowa Rural Health Association

Family Medicine Residency, Waukesha Memorial Hospital, Waukesha, Wisconsin, 1988 (Chief Resident 1987-1988)
MD, University of Iowa, 1985
BA, Grinnell College, 1981

American Board of Family Medicine
Certification of Added Qualifications, Geriatrics
FAA Senior Airman Medical Examiner

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