Des Moines University believes that IPE is critical to educating well-rounded, collaborative health care professionals. We are committed to providing our community with the necessary skills to succeed in an interprofessional healthcare environment. Our training will prepare learners to appreciate the roles and responsibilities of a variety of health care professionals and value and demonstrate teamwork.

Because DMU believes in the power of collaboration, IPE experiences are required for most programs at DMU.

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Complex case calls for interprofessional care

The patient, Sally, was a 12-year-old female who had surgery to treat Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, a childhood condition that occurs when blood supply to the femoral head of the hip joint is disrupted and the bone begins to die. The surgery …

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Interprofessional education gets “real” in simulation exercise

The team’s patient, Harriett, was a 67-year-old woman who had been brought by ambulance to the rural hospital’s emergency room after a neighbor discovered she’d fallen in her home and was unable to get up. She had high blood pressure, …

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All together now: DMU faculty member is a force for interprofessional health care teams

In her former work as a physical therapist in an intensive care unit, Julie Ronnebaum, P.T., D.P.T., Ph.D., quickly learned how important teamwork is in health care. That’s why she pursued her doctoral degree in interprofessional health care studies and …

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1,000+ aspiring health professionals to get “interprofessional” Feb. 22

Des Moines University knows that students in its eight graduate medical/health sciences degree programs need to understand how to work well with people in other health professions. That’s why its clinical students will be among more than 1,000 medical/health sciences …

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Interprofessional practice improves patient care

Does including public health students on interprofessional teams increase attainment of interprofessional practice competencies? That is the title and topic of a paper published this month in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA), authored by DMU faculty Pamela …

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No one person can do it all

We’ve all heard the expression, “One person can make a difference,” and while I truly believe that, I also think when it comes to health care, there’s an even more important corollary: “No one person can do it all.” Keeping …

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Easter Seals Health & Wellness Fair provides experiences for attendees and students

For the second year, Des Moines University teamed up with Easter Seals Iowa to present a Health & Wellness Fair tailored to people with disabilities and their support teams. “The Easter Seals Iowa and DMU partnership stemmed from a desire …

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DMU sending care team on spring break in Honduras for third consecutive year

Twenty-seven Des Moines University students are forgoing the traditional spring break destinations for a week of interprofessional training in Honduras. Instead of spending their week off in the sun or on the slopes, students from all three DMU colleges will …

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