When Terry Branstad, J.D., was appointed president of DMU in 2003, then-chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, Gil Bucholz, D.O.’58, gave him a mission to “raise the visibility, respect and recognition of Des Moines University, raise money for the University and manage and oversee the institution,” Gov. Branstad told faculty, staff and students in a special campus meeting on Oct. 16. “I have endeavored to never lose sight of that mission.”
April Newton, M.S.P.T., describes a medical service trip she took to poor areas on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia a decade ago as “literally life-changing personally and professionally.”
“I was looking at the different ways of providing health care without all the tools,” says the instructor and director of clinical education in DMU’s physical therapy program. “You use your education in a much more creative way. You learn to adapt.”
As a high-quality, high-tech academic institution, DMU will benefit with the addition in 2009 of a provost and chief information officer. So will its students and staff.
In addition to easing the burden of debt, scholarships inspire and motivate the students who receive them.
When central Iowa takes in an influx of refugees, DMU Clinic is there to provide physical examinations and any needed immunizations as required by the Iowa Department of Public Health.
When undergraduates or other individuals interested in health care careers seek job-shadowing experiences, DMU Clinic welcomes them, too.
The University’s Iowa Simulation Center for Patient Safety and Clinical Skills continues to be a powerful learning resource for the community as well as for DMU students.
Alexandra Hubbell first became a DMU student as a teenager. Interested in pediatrics as a career, she participated in Health Careers Exploring Post 141, a program sponsored by the University and the Boy Scouts of America that allows boys and girls ages 14 to 20 to learn about medical and health care fields.
Now a first-year osteopathic student at DMU, Hubbell recently participated in the program as a volunteer.
“The students asked great questions,” she says. “The faculty make the program fun but not fluffy. Plus it exposes students to osteopathic medicine and DMU.”
Being part of the Des Moines University community can have a very positive impact on one’s health.
When I joined the staff in fall 2008, I marveled at the University’s Wellness Pays program, which offers employees financial incentives to exercise, get preventive health care, participate in select programs like Weight Watchers and even volunteer in the community. The program was just the motivation I needed to change my evil couch-potato ways.
There are many things that I am thankful for this year, and one of them is having the Google search engine. Some people joke that they can’t cook or even know how to boil water. I thought making hard boiled …