Ruth Ranum, D.P.M.'15

StudentDoctor of Podiatric Medicine Program

Home Town: Circle Pines, MN
Undergrad School: Concordia College in Moorhead, MN
Major: Biology (Minors in Chemistry and Psychology)
Age: 23
Class: Doctor of Podiatric medicine – Class of 2015

Were you surprised by anything in the program?


Any advice for prospective students?

School is stressful and it will keep you busy – but find some time to do the things that you enjoy!  Workout, eat right, smile, laugh, and sleep!

Why do you want to be a doctor of podiatric medicine?

As a college athlete, I broke my foot and my interaction with a podiatrist as a patient was very positive.  I experienced the compassion and caring nature of a doctor who is genuinely concerned with the well-being of their patient, and I aspire to be that wonderful!

Why DMU?

DMU has an outstanding reputation, caring faculty, is committed to interprofessional-education, has excellent facilities, and has the sense of community that I was looking for in a podiatry medical school.  Additionally, the board pass rates and residency placement numbers are second to none!

How is DMU family/single (whichever applies) friendly?

DMU provides a number of opportunities to get involved in the community and with my classmates. Des Moines has a fun night-life, good restaurants, plenty of shopping, and many opportunities to stay active!

Extracurricular activities:

In college I played soccer and I ran track and I was excited to continue my involvement in sports by serving as the first year liaison for AAPSM Club (American Association of Podiatric Sports Medicine) and also coaching track at a local high school, Valley High School.  I also serve as the treasurer for our class, DPM-2015.

Career objectives:

Ideally, I would like to work in an orthopedic group.

Favorite thing about Des Moines:

I love going for a walk or run around Gray’s Lake, spending Saturday mornings at the outdoor Farmer’s Market, having a picnic at the sculpture garden, and watching the Drake Relays.