DMU has created highly selective, guided tracks for students interested in becoming professors or exploring research topics in global health. These two pathways are designed to develop graduates equipped to teach in the academic medical centers of the future and to advance knowledge on issues that affect the health of people around the world.
These are just some of the driving forces that require innovation in fostering and preparing the next generation of academic medical faculty and globally oriented health care leaders. Des Moines University’s Pathways of Distinction Program identifies and trains highly qualified students for careers in these areas by offering two specific tracks.
This pathway develops osteopathic medicine students to become medical educators in their residency and beyond. In one-to-one meetings with faculty, online modules, small group sessions and large group lectures, students learn the principles of adult learning and curriculum development and have opportunities to experience different teaching and learning styles. Students then demonstrate their skills in various DMU settings, create a medical research project for publication submission and develop an educator portfolio.
In this pathway, students in all DMU programs gain skills they can apply in patient care as well as in research with other health care providers during residency and beyond. Students work with researchers at the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on activities such as conducting systematic reviews for creating evidence-based educational materials for worldwide distribution. Students then present their findings at a campus research symposium and are encouraged to submit them for publication.
Students are chosen based on academic standing, faculty recommendations and performance in previous scholarly activity.
Global health pathway students may receive some financial support for travel.
Upon graduation and completion of one of the two pathways, the participant is awarded a certificate.
If a career as a professor or leader in global health topics appeals to you, this may be the program for you.
Deborah Eittreim, College of Osteopathic Medicine 515-271-1421, firstname.lastname@example.org
COM Admission 515-271-1499, 800-240-2767, ext. 1499, DOadmit@dmu.edu