Des Moines University
October 30, 2011
2010-2011 Executive Board Officers:
President: John Kuckelman
Vice-President: Jeff Messerly
Treasurer: Andrew Michalowitz
Secretary: Catherine Nelson
Historian: George Zabenah
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kyla Carney, D.O.
Two Membership Drives
1) Top 25% of Class – Spring 2011 (31)
2) Top 50% of Class – Fall 2011 (20)
Membership is based on academic ranking and
Internship & Residency Forum
• Held in October/November annually
• Panel of Interns and Residents from the
Des Moines area (also DMU Alumni)
• Typically OB/GYN, Surgery, Family Practice, Internal
Medicine, Pediatric internship/residencies are
• Discussion, Dinner and Q&A concluded the evening.
• The Cancer Conference has been an annual event at DMU
for the past 22 years.
• A patient panel of cancer survivors are invited to
participate and share their story about their battle with
cancer, some of whom are still engaged in the battle.
• Prior to the panel discussion, a lecture is often given by a
physician to discuss the specific type of cancer that the
conference is based on.
• Committee members are responsible for organizing all
aspects of the event, making programs, publicizing the
event, and contacting prospective panel members.
• This is one of the three biggest events sponsored by SSP
Medical Specialties Forum
• Annually in April
• Specialties included: Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine,
Family Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, Ob/Gyn,
Pediatrics, Emergency Med, Plastic Surgery, General
• Requirements, length of time and work ethic of each
specialty were discussed with both 1st and 2nd year D.O.
LaClinica Outreach Program
Winter Warmth Clothing Drive
• House of Mercy
• NAACP ACT-SO Program
La Clinica Outreach program
• Located in an underserved community
• 4-5 students / week volunteered helping with history &
physicals at free clinic
• One or two Spanish speaking students were always
“Winter Warmth” Clothing drive
• Clothing collection begins mid November each year
• Donations go to St. Mary’s Family Center of Des
• Last year several trash bags full of clothing and blankets
were collected and donated.
In the fall, second year medical
students conduct school physicals for
students ranging from pre-school
age to high school.
Under the direction of a faculty
member, students provide physical
exams for students looking to
participate in sporting events.
In the spring, members of the
committee go to an elementary
school to give a presentation on
various topics, including tobacco,
alcohol, or drugs.
Senior Health Fair: committee organized
students to provide vision screening tests for the
elderly as well as serve as well as provide
assistance in transportation to and from the
House of Mercy - We have recently begun a
pilot program to offer community service and
educational resources to the House of Mercy
Women’s Shelter and Resource Center.
ACT-SO Program- Also a new program
involving mentoring of African American youth
who show interest in the sciences.
Noontime Case Studies
Betty Chu Award
Kelly Wifler Fund
FallSemester: Members of the committee
presented a case-study on SLE-related
Spring Semester: Surgical resident from a local
hospital presented several surgical case-studies
•White Coat Ceremony Flower Sales
•Physical Diagnosis IPOD App
Class of 2005: 48
Class of 2006: 52
Class of 2007: 47
Class of 2008: 56
Class of 2009: 51
Class of 2010: 50
Class of 2011: 51
Class of 2012: 50
Class of 2013: 49
Class of 2014: 51
Initiation Dinner and Ceremony
October 18, 2005
October 18, 2005