Internal medicine physician, Carle Health System, Champaign, IL; clinical professor, Carle Illinois College of Medicine
Joined the DMU Alumni Association Board of Directors: 2017
I am pleased to represent the alumni of Des Moines University. The DMU Alumni Association plays a critical role at Des Moines University, serving as the buffer between university administration and its graduates. Because alumni association members are all practicing providers of health care, they can give realistic feedback to the University. In addition, the alumni association can assist previous graduates in both their professional development and their interaction with the University.
The Alumni Board of Directors also recognizes alumni who have received acknowledgements in their professional careers and annually designates the highest performers as potential Alumni of the Year and recipients of the Rising Star Award.
Des Moines University has a bright future with a new campus that will further expand and change the way that medical education will be delivered. The memories of sitting in a large classroom after hours of lecture are not the wave of the future as medical education takes a turn toward relevant and contemporary presentations for the students to develop multiple measurable competencies.
My journey started with an undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa before completing the D.O. degree at the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery (COMS, now DMU). I completed a rotating internship at Sun Coast Hospital and then completed my U.S. Public Health Scholarship’s four-year requirement at Clarke County Hospital in Osceola, IA. I then traveled to Monticello, IA, for 10 years as a family and emergency physician. Due to my strong interest in internal medicine, I left practice to complete an internal medicine residency at Sun Coast Hospital/Nova Southeastern University before joining the Carle Health System in central Illinois.
I have served in a variety of leadership capacities including chief medical officer of Health Alliance and Carle Foundation Hospital Medical Management, before retiring from administration duties in 2021. Presently, I am a part-time internal medicine physician and a clinical professor at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. I currently serve as the coordinator of student and resident education for the American College of Osteopathic Internists and lead the SOLID program for first- and second-year students.
I have been honored to have been the president of the Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society and the American College of Osteopathic Internist (ACOI), to have been named Physician of Year in both Iowa and Illinois, received the Carle Physician Excellence Award and to be recognized as Master Fellow of Internal Medicine.
Brenda and I have been married for the past 49 years, and we have a family of three daughters/sons-in-law who each have families providing us with 10 grandchildren. Obviously, family is a big part of our life. Besides volunteer activities at my church and in rural indigent care, I spend spare moments playing golf when I can.
In addition to his service on the DMU Alumni Board, Robert Good is a participant in the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) mentoring program that connects DMU alumni and current students. He and his wife, Brenda, also are members of the President’s Society at the Francium level, which recognizes donors of $25,000 or more annually; the Founders Society, which recognizes donors for cumulative lifetime gifts of $100,000 and greater; and the Legacy Society, which honors donors who make planned gifts or bequests to DMU. In 2021, the couple made a gift to the Purple & Proud Campaign, DMU’s $50 million fundraising effort, to support the Active Learning Practice Laboratory in the Edge of Advancement Building on the University’s new campus in West Des Moines.