Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

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Hands-on, relevant and real-world: DMU's D.O. program will prepare you for a rewarding career

Des Moines University’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) program offers students the top advantages in medical education. The rigorous curriculum and state-of-the-art facilities give students a solid foundation and preparation for success. DMU’s diverse research enterprise stimulates collaboration and discovery. Students also enjoy a collegial, supportive community of students and faculty who are engaged in learning and service.

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Program Highlights

The four years of study are divided into pre-clinical and clinical phases. The first year focuses on fundamental scientific principles, while the second year builds on that with an integrated organ system approach encompassing basic and clinical sciences. In the third and fourth years, students are fully immersed in clinical training in rotations in diverse practice settings.

  • An osteopathic approach

    Osteopathic physicians offer the most comprehensive care available. In addition to being trained to practice in all medical specialties and settings, they emphasize whole-body health and training in osteopathic manual medicine, which is the ability to use one’s hands to diagnose, treat and prevent various conditions, illness and injury.
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  • Graduate among the best

    High student outcomes on board exam scores, pass rates and residency placement are among the advantages of DMU’s D.O. program. All DMU programs are in medicine and the health sciences, which creates opportunities for collaboration and interprofessional learning.
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  • Stretch your horizons

    DMU offers students many ways to maximize their time in medical school. The University offers a one-year fellowship in osteopathic manual medicine in addition to the four-year curriculum. The Global Health Program offers short-term service trips, research internships and rotations at sites around the world. On campus, students and faculty conduct research on a variety of topics.

  • Diversify your degree

    Osteopathic medical students at DMU can pursue a master’s degree in health care administration, public health, anatomy or biomedical sciences.
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  • Innovative teaching

    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.
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    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.”
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    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.
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    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.


“During our pre-clinical years, we are immersed in a curriculum that balances innovation and technology. We gain early exposure to ultrasound, patient simulations and surgery labs, and are given the resources and opportunities to become compassionate, empathetic and competent clinicians.”

Neel Patel, D.O. student

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