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Braving the Cold

Reprinted courtesy of the San Angelo (TX) Standard-Times and San Angelo, TX, doctor and DMU alumnus warmly recalls mission to Antarctica. The temperature wasn’t expected to get above minus 45, and with the wind chill, it felt like minus 75. One of the harshest terrains on Earth, this was the place Walter Rustmann, D.O.’95, had wanted to go to for […]

— Seth Stevenson

Southwestern podiatric alumni in the news

Arizona practitioners Barbara J. Aung, D.P.M.’90, a board-certified wound care specialist in Tucson, AZ, and John J. Anderson, D.P.M.’99, FACFAS, with Alamogordo/Ruidoso Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, are making waves in their practices and in professional leadership.

— Barb Boose

DMU alumni elected Iowa ACOFP chapter leaders

The Iowa chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) represents the rights and interests of osteopathic family physicians and works to promote excellence in their practice and education. Leading that effort are several DMU graduates, elected to officer positions at the chapter’s recent annual conference and scientific seminar.

— Barb Boose

Roth to receive ACEP honor

Robert Roth, D.O.76, FACEP, became active in the American College of Emergency Physicians and its Tennessee chapter shortly after graduating from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, now DMU. For his leadership and service since, he’ll receive the organization’s Meritorious Service Award.

— Barb Boose

Lessons in learning

Does interprofessional interaction among health care students foster their understanding and appreciation of their future colleagues? Does technology in medical simulation activities enhance their acquisition and retention of knowledge? A DMU task force is encouraging faculty to explore these and other questions on effective teaching and learning.

— Barb Boose