Building Better Leaders

What are the traits, talents and tools that tomorrow's health care leaders must possess? We asked some tried-and-true chiefs for their must-haves.

PA program marks 30th anniversary

Happy birthday to the “other white coat” program that is preparing students for a profession expected to grow exponentially in the years ahead. DMU’s PA grads will be ready: The Class of 2011, for example, had a 98 percent first-time pass rate on the certifying exam.

“You just have to start somewhere”

Once upon a time, Laurie Clair was the homeless single mother of a three-month-old. That didn’t stop her from pursuing her professional dream. What sustained her were her enormous work ethic, some strong and loyal supporters and a strategically placed Post-it note.

Keep in mind: 10 tips for brain wellness

We have good reason to worry about losing mental function as we age. According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, in 2010 an estimated 35.6 million people worldwide were living with dementia, a number that is expected to nearly double every 20 years. But don’t despair, advises Robert Bender Jr., M.D.

We want to hear from you

Des Moines University is seeking comments about the University from alumni and the public in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. DMU will host a visit Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2012, by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Six leaders join DMU Board of Trustees

They’re a diverse group of leaders in health care, justice and business, but the six new members of the DMU Board of Trustees all share a commitment to the advancement of the University.

Portrait brings profits

A painting of the founder of osteopathic medicine, produced and provided by a DMU professor, pulled in $1,000 to support the activities of medical student leaders.

DMU names new research vice president

Des Moines University may be better known for the high quality of its educational programs than its research enterprise, but Jeffrey Gray, M.S., Ph.D., believes the latter strengthens the former.

A big kiss for a white coat

This photo captures two experiences to treasure: first, the donning of a white coat; second, a child’s loving kiss. Two-year-old Katherine Rose Cloos planted a well-deserved wet one on her father, Michael Cloos, at the University’s White Coat Ceremony in August, under the fond gaze of his mother-in-law, Christine Asbury.

What they did this summer

No relaxing beach time for these high-achievers: Five DMU students spent their summer conducting research, producing reports and planning programs and events for the World Health Organization and one of its public health agencies, the Pan American Health Organization. Their experiences further ignited their professional passions.

Stepping out for great reasons

Known for their community service, DMU students were again out in full force this fall. As volunteers and fundraisers for worthy medical causes, they continued to help make life better for others – although they would tell you they’re the ones who reap the benefits.

DMU prof lands international appointment

Luke Mortensen, Ph.D., professor of physiology and pharmacology, was elected to the board of the International Association of Medical Science Educators, a nonprofit society that works to ensure science educators have the most current information and skills they need to teach future medical practitioners.