DMU dean receives national recognition as AAPA Distinguished Fellow

September 24, 2012 —

Jodi CahalanJodi Cahalan, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S., PA-C has been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), a designation received by less than 1% of physician assistants nationally. She has been a physician assistant for 23 years and is the dean of the College of Health Sciences at Des Moines University.

Cahalan earned the designation in recognition for her outstanding contributions to the profession as well as her significant dedication and involvement in the community.

AAPA is the only national organization representing physician assistants in all medical and surgical specialties and is one of the largest medical societies in the U.S. Founded in 1968, the Academy works to promote quality, cost effective health care and the professional and personal growth of PAs. For more information about the Academy and the PA profession, visit the AAPA’s website,

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Des Moines University (DMU) is the only private medical school in Iowa, offering graduate-level, professional degree programs in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, biomedical sciences, anatomy, health care administration and public health. Founded in 1898, the institution offers superior academics in a collaborative environment. DMU students' pass rate on national examinations and board certifications is consistently higher than the national average and the rates at similar institutions.