Physician Assistant News and Updates

Evan L. Witt, PA-C’11

Witt and Hope Coffin announced their engagement and upcoming wedding planned for April 27, 2013, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Iowa City, IA. Coffin is an occupational therapist at Trinity Hospital in Rock Island, IL, and Witt is a physician assistant at ORA Orthopedics in Moline, IL. 

— Anna Hudson

They got spirit, yes they do

Early in August, Annie Losinske and Sarah Barnett, members of the DMU Physician Assistant Class of 2014, realized last week was going to be a tough one for the class, with two big exams on the schedule. Capping off the week was Saturday’s White Coat Ceremony, a special event in which students in DMU’s clinical […]

— Barb Boose

A sure bet career-wise

With unemployment at 8.2 percent and underemployment near 18 percent, pursuing a graduate degree is both an attractive option and a big investment. In this unsettled economy, which graduate degrees are “safe” options that lead to career opportunities? Forbes recently compiled dataon salaries and employment outlooks to determine which master’s degrees would provide the best […]

— Barb Boose

From autism to Alzheimer’s

Do you want to know more about supporting youth diagnosed with autism? How about new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, malignant melanoma, migraine and more? Want to explore the ethics of medically treating family members, the health effects caused by the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, or the “slippery slope” of the increased […]

— Barb Boose

PA students pounce the PANCE

We don’t like to brag, but we are continually impressed by our hard-working students. We just got word regarding the final pass-rate data for the Des Moines University Physician Assistant Class of 2011 on the PANCE exam. Our PA students had a 98% first-attempt pass rate, while the national average was 91%. Over the past […]

— Nicole Branstad

Unlocking the “Legos” of life

DMU has a new student organization that’s also a feather in the University’s cap: The Genetics Student Interest Group of Des Moines University recently made DMU one of only seven medical schools in the U.S., and the first and only osteopathic medical school, to earn affiliation with the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG). Alisdair […]

— Barb Boose

Get a head start

  DMU has the perfect way for pre-med students to get a head start… The DMU Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars Program (Health P.A.S.S.) gives them a taste of what it’s like to be a student in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physician assistant or physical therapy. The FREE three-week program takes place at the end […]

— Nicole Branstad