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					                               AT DE S MOINE S UNIVER SIT Y
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

    Why choose podiatric medicine? Many practitioners
    are drawn by the variety of practice opportunities.
    Podiatric physicians enjoy managing their practices
    to best fit their lifestyle while serving the needs
                             of their patients.

                                                                                           Begin your

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                              Podiatric physicians:
                              • Prevent, diagnose, and treat
                              disorders and diseases of the foot
                              and ankle for patients of all ages.
                              • Surgically correct common
                              foot problems among children
                              and older adults.
                              • Frequently care for patients
                              with diabetes, who are prone to
                              limb-threatening complications.
                              • Treat patients with medical
                              conditions such as poor
                              circulation, gout, neurological
                              disorders, and arthritis.

                              For more information about the podiatry
                              profession, go to                                             

                                                                                                                   Do I qualify
                                                                                                                   for admission?
life’s work at Des Moines University                                                                               Here’s what you need:

                                                                                                                   • A bachelor’s degree in
         our professional life begins when              Note that our students lead the nation                       any field, or 90 semester hours
                                                                                                                   • Biology: 8 semester hours,
         you enroll in podiatric medical            in board exam pass rates. Preceptors                             with lab

         school. The program you choose             seek our students for competitive residen-                     • General Chemistry:
                                                                                                                     8 semester hours, with lab

 will shape your career. So yes, it does            cies. Graduates hold leadership positions                      • Organic Chemistry:
                                                                                                                     8 semester hours, with lab
 matter where you receive your medical              throughout the profession. And faculty                         • Physics: 8 semester hours,
                                                                                                                     with lab
 education.                                         members are renowned for their clinical                        • English or Language Arts:
                                                                                                                     6 semester hours
   We are America’s center of excellence            skills and scholarly work. We could cite
 for innovative education, scholarly contri-        more examples. But now it’s your move.                         – See more detailed information
                                                                                                                     on page 10
 bution, and community service.                     Begin when ready.

                                 OlDer tHan we lOOk – Des Moines University established the College of
                                 Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in 1981. The institution had been a freestanding
                                 osteopathic medical college founded in 1898. In addition to the podiatric
                                 medical program, Des Moines University offers graduate level degree
                                 programs in osteopathic medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy,
                                 health care administration, and public health. Total University
                                 enrollment is 1,500.
                                                    WHAT THIS MEANS TO YOU: Our education
                                                    programs are limited to medicine and the
                                                     health sciences, so students of all programs
                                                      share a common orientation toward patient care.

    Postgraduate training is regarded by
    professionals outside the campus as
    a measure of success. Many elite surgical
    residency programs look to DMU students
    to fill their training slots.


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                                                 TArA SHIrlEY, DPM ‘09

          PRO GR A M OV E R V I E W

                                                  Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
                                                                QUICk FACTS

                                                                • Program length: four years

                                                                • The average entering class size
                                                                  is 55.
          Here are five great reasons:                          • The program has a first-year
                                                                  student/faculty ratio of 7:1.
          1. OutcOmes. Our building-block approach
                                                                • The Class of 2011 has 62
          integrates basic sciences, body systems, and            students: 17 females, 45 males.
          problem-based learning so you’re well prepared
                                                                • The average age of students
          for clinical training and board exams.                  is 24.

a good reason to attend DMU?

          2. resIDency. The clinical training opportuni-
          ties you receive lead to exceptional placement
          rates in residency programs at many of the most       • The average entering
          recognized medical centers in the United States.        grade point average is 3.39
                                                                  cumulative, 3.25 science.
          3. cHOIces. Graduates are positioned for              • The average MCAT score is 23.
          success as health care providers practicing in
                                                                • The first class of 30 students
          various clinical settings. Students who pursue          enrolled in 1982 and graduated
          a dual degree are especially well positioned            in 1986.
          for a broader choice of professional options.         • Alumni live in all 50 states,
                                                                  Canada, Puerto Rico, and
          4. FInancIal aID. The mission of our financial          several European countries.
          aid office is to find opportunities to finance
          your medical education and develop a package
          tailored to your needs through loans, grants,
          and scholarships.

          5. QualIty lIvIng. The greater Des Moines
          area has a population of 534,230 and offers
          affordable housing, manageable traffic, cultural
          attractions and entertainment, outstanding
          public schools, and an international airport with
          easy access. The campus is located amid an
          established premier neighborhood.
                                C u R R IC u l u M

                                Learning for a lifetime

                                               s a first-year podiatric medical student, you’ll take basic science
Connect me                                      courses along with students in the University’s College of
                                                 Osteopathic Medicine. And so the transformation begins:
Technology is incorporated
throughout the program to
                                        Soon you’ll be thinking and responding like a physician.
support your education. We                  You’ll appreciate the breadth of teaching methods available today in
call this connected learning.
It’s an ongoing process of
                                        medical education. Traditional lectures, textbooks, and two-dimensional
discovery and innovation                illustrations—they still have their place but are increasingly giving way
that blends the Internet,
hardware, and software in
                                        to online applications, computer
ways that benefit you on                animation, motion analysis, and
campus and during off-
campus clinical training.
                                        lifelike models.
Here are some of the                        The best part is these new
                                        technology-driven tools, which
• You receive a laptop                  weren’t even available a few years
computer and a PDa for use
on campus, at home, and                 ago, are more efficient than the
during clinical internships.            methods they replace. We’re con-
• wireless access points                stantly looking for new ways to
connect you to the Universi-            help you comprehend and retain
ty’s computer network and
Internet anywhere on campus             course material in less time.
without cables or data ports.

• the student portal is
your gateway to web-based
services. You can view your
grades, class schedule,
e-mail inbox, and access                                    the college of Podiatric          also complete a comprehensive course in
other services and infor-                                     medicine and surgery            physical diagnosis using our nationally
mation through just                                             offers a four-year            recognized Standardized Performance
a few customizable                                                program that leads          Assessment Lab, or SPAL.
pages.                                                              to the Doctor of
                                                                     Podiatric medicine       year II
• A popular web-
                                                                      (D.P.m.) degree.        Basic and clinical sciences
based system
                                                                                              The second year integrates basic sci-
called Blackboard
gives you access                                                       year I                 ences and clinical medicine with an
to course mate-                                                         Basic sciences        emphasis on the lower extremity. You
rial, quizzes, dis-                                                     The first year pro-   learn to identify the interrelationship
cussion lists, and                                                     vides core instruc-    and interdependence of body systems.
other services.                                                        tion in the basic      After completing the lower limb anatomy
                                                                      sciences as the         course, you study podiatric medicine,
• Nationwide                                                         foundation for your      diagnostic procedures, biomechanics,
Internet dial-up                                                    podiatric medical         and foot and ankle surgery.
options are offered                                                education. You share
to students outside the                                          basic science courses        year III
Des Moines area during                                         with students in the           Problem-Based learning
their clinical rotations.                                   University’s College of Osteo-    The keystone to our curriculum is small
                                                         pathic Medicine. As the course       group problem-based learning through
• Most lectures are
                                                   of study progresses, you devote more       which students apply principles of
recorded and made
                                               of your time to the foot and ankle. You        evidence-based medicine as they solve
available online in
mP3 format.
                                                             WITH FlYINg cOlOrS
                                                             The past five years cPMS
                                                             students have averaged
                                                             a first-time pass rate of
                                                             96 percent on Part 1 of the
                                                             National Board of Podiatric
                                                             Medical Examiners. By
                                                             comparison the average
                                                             first-time pass rate for
                                                             students of all podiatric
                                                             medical colleges, including
                                                             cPMS, is 8 percent.

clinical cases. You are introduced to       Formal clinical rotations begin in the         resIDency traInIng
the concepts of evidence-based medi-        summer between the second and third            After graduating, students enter resi-
cine during Years I and II, and become      year and continue until graduation.            dency programs throughout the nation.
fully immersed in case discussions and      During this time you begin to manage           Our students often receive residencies
research of learning issues during the      podiatric patients through experiences         at prestigious and well-known teaching
third year. Problem-based learning          in clinics, hospitals, long-term care          hospitals.
complements and prepares you for clini-     facilities, and community practices.
cal training.                               Your clinical experiences also focus on
                                            the interaction of podiatric
years II–III–Iv                             physicians with other mem-
clinical training                           bers of the health care team
You practice physical diagnosis skills on   so that the role of podiatric
a voluntary basis during the second year.   medicine becomes apparent.

       “ anymembersofmyclasshavefamilies.
        NATHAN HENSlEY, DPM ’10
Life as you’ll know it         C A M Pu S l I F E
    at DMU…
Have you ever attended a
school where you had to
run across campus to be on
time for class? you won’t
have that problem at Des
moines university. The
                                                    Work hard/play hard
farthest points on campus
are minutes away.

You don’t like ice and snow?

Not to worry. the tempera-
ture is always 72 degrees                                tudents at DMU work hard, but they also know how to play.
on campus. Underground                                   It’s all about balance... getting an excellent education in a
tunnels connect all four
of the main buildings on                             place that feels like home. Here are some of the distinctions
campus so you can bypass
Iowa’s cold winter.                                  that students say drew them to Des Moines University.
You’ll get to know new
people from day one as
you share classes and labs.
You’ll also discover that
cooperation prevails
instead of competition—
a characteristic of students
throughout DMU.

cPms students are always
quick to identify needs and
step up to serve others.
Among other activities,
students sponsor a winter
shoe drive and foot screen-
ings at community events.
                                                                         get physical.
The student commons is                                                   The wellness center has everything you need
a welcoming place to call                                                to stay (or get) in shape. Treadmills, ellipti-
home while on campus. so                                                 cal machines, free weights, basketball court,
go ahead, get comfortable.                                               exercise classes, healthful cooking—there’s
Meet your friends there. Eat
                                                                         something going on all the time, and some-
lunch. Or grab a latte, pull
                                                                         thing for everyone.
up a comfy chair, and study
by the fireplace.
                                                                         Find your place.
student government is a                                                  Finding a club or interest group to join on cam-
great way to develop or                                                  pus won’t be a problem. Students participate in
sharpen leadership skills.                                               more than 50 clubs and professional organiza-
Many students choose                                                     tions that provide opportunity for community
to become involved with
                                                                         service, interaction with professional associa-
student government or
                                                                         tions, fund-raising opportunities, social gather-
with the podiatric medical
                                                                         ings, and forming lifelong friendships.
association at the state and
national level.
                                                                         Play a game.
Feeling unplugged? It’s                                                  Join an intramural or interschool basketball
Ok. you won’t need to                                                    team. Shoot baskets or play one-on-one over
hunt for a data port. The                                                the noon hour. Grab a football and a friend
entire campus, and even
                                                                         or two, head out to the courtyard or the front
some apartments across
                                                                         lawn, and see whether you’ve still got the arm.
the street, have a wireless
                                                                         Students enjoy playing pool and ping-pong in
Internet connection.
                                                                         the game room and student lounge.
Start the academic year
off right with a “Welcome                                                stick around.
Back” picnic for new and                                                 It’s 5 p.m. Classes and labs are over. Time to
returning students.                                                      head home? Not necessarily. The Student Edu-
there’s plenty of good                                                   cation Center offers plenty of reasons to stay.
food and music.                                                          Study with friends in the library. Take a break
                                                                         in the commons area. Catch up on the cable
                                             8                           news. It’s your home away from home.

                                                                                                                                                          nOtHIng tO DO?

                                                                                                                                                          • Pigs and corn—Iowa
                                                                                                                                                            has plenty of both,
                                                                                                                                                            but not in Des Moines!
                                                                                                                                                            Contrary to what you
                                                                                                                                                            may have envisioned,
                                                                                                                                                            Des moines is a real city
                                                                                                                                                            with a relaxed metro-
                                                                                                                                                            politan atmosphere
                                                                                                                                                            supported by an area
                                                                                                                                                            population of 534,230.

                                                                                                                                                          • education and cultural
                                                                                                                                                           diversity abound in
                                                                                                                                                           Des moines. The metro
                                                                                                                                                           area has 12 colleges
                                                                                                                                                           and universities, and
                                                                                                                                                           nearly 300 houses of

A place to call home ...
                                                                                                                                                           worship that represent
                                                                                                                                                           79 different denomina-
                                                                                                                                                           tions or faiths.

                                                                                                                                                          • Des Moines has
tHe Dmu neIgHBOrHOOD…                     tHe DOwntOwn…                                        tHe surrOunDIng area…                                        safe neighborhoods,
is known for its historic homes,          is a contemporary urban center                       is large enough to have great                                great public and private
shaded lawns, and stately                 with something for everyone.                         places to go and things to do,                               schools, and many kid-
surroundings. The governor’s              Revitalization during the past                       but small enough that it doesn’t                             focused events, attrac-
residence at Terrace Hill Man-            decade has paved the way for an                      take hours to get there and                                  tions, and programs.
sion is just a few blocks east. If        emerging metropolitan lifestyle.                     back. The Greater Des Moines
you’re wondering where you’ll             The downtown features a new                          area offers variety in dining,                                 ith
                                                                                                                                                          • w miles of bike paths,
live, finding suitable housing is         public library, the Science Cen-                     upscale shopping, specialty                                  at least 3 lakes and more
rarely a problem. Many reason-            ter of Iowa and IMAX Theater,                        shops, movie complexes, and                                  than 130 parks in the
ably priced apartments are                Wells Fargo Arena, Broadway                          more. Go dancing at one of the                              greater Des Moines area,
within walking distance of the            shows, baseball and hockey                           clubs. Enjoy an evening of live                              there are plenty of ways
                                                                                                                                                            to enjoy the outdoors.
campus. Many students, in fact,           games, and an abundance of                           blues. And be sure to take in the
live right across the street. Gro-        loft-style housing. The historic                     sights, sounds, and aromas of                              • third largest insurance
cery stores, pharmacies, banks,           Court Avenue District offers                         the world-renowned Iowa State                                center in the world.
restaurants, shops, and service           a variety of restaurants and                         Fair. Just out-                                              Major employers include
stations are located nearby. And          music, and East Village offers                       side the city                                                             AmerUs
while many students live near             distinctively different art, home                    you can enjoy                                                             Group, EMC
campus, others choose to live             furnishings, and cuisine. During                     numerous                                                                 Insurance, ING,
elsewhere in Des Moines or in             warm weather, the Downtown                           lakes, parks,                                                           Nationwide/
one of the suburbs. Wherever              Farmer’s Market on Saturday                          and recre-                                                             Allied Insur-
you live, the campus is within                         mornings draws                          ational ar-                                                            ance, Principal
a 30-minute drive.                                      thousands who                          eas, several                                                           Financial Group,
And                                                     buy fresh produce                      of which are                                                          Wells Fargo, and
that’s                                                   and products from                     connected                                                             Wellmark Blue
during                                                   Iowa’s agricultural                   to the city through bike                                             Cross Blue Shield
rush                                                      bounty.                              paths. As the city motto says,                                       of Iowa.
hour.                                                                                          “Do More.”
                                                                                                                                                          • explore Iowa. Take a
                                                                                                                                                            day trip to the German
                                                                                                                                                            Amana Colonies or the
                                                                                                                Minneapolis ............. 243 miles         historic Dutch town of
                                                                                                                Chicago .................... 329 miles      Pella. Take in a national
                                                                        Minnesota                               omaha ..................... 135 miles
                                                                                                                Kansas City .............. 192 miles
                                                                                                                                                            car race at the nearby
                                                           South                            Wisconsin
                                                           Dakota                                               St. Louis ................... 339 miles     Iowa Speedway. Spend a
                                                                                                                                                            day knocking around the
you can get there from here                                                     35
                                                                                                                                                            historic French town of
Des Moines is located in the center of
                                                    Des mOInes                       IoWa
                                                                                                                                                            Dubuque on the Missis-
                                                                                                80                                                          sippi River.
America’s heartland, right at the junction of             Nebraska
Interstates 80 and 35 ... making it easy to get                                                      Illinois
to and from several large metro areas.
                                                               Kansas           Missouri                                                                  FOR MORE INFO ABOUT
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THErE’S NO “S” IN DES MOINES. Amaze your friends — pronounce Des Moines correctly: “di-`moin.” The “s” is silent.                                                             9

     1            Have you taken what it takes?

         Most applicants have completed an undergraduate degree by
                                                                                 2               Apply yourself

                                                                                 3 aPPlIcatIOn PrOcess
       the time of registration. You may, however, be admitted after
                                                                                 Apply online through the American Association of
       completing three years (90 semester hours) of undergraduate work.
                                                                                 Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) application
         To qualify for admission we require a cumulative grade point aver-
                                                                                 service. Here’s the procedure:
       age of 2.5 or higher, and require that you complete each of the follow-
       ing prerequisites:
                                                                                 1. Download and submit an application through the
                                                                                 application service at or through
       3 reQuIreD cOurses                                                        our web site, Applications are
       Biology – 8 semester hours, with lab                                      available through AACPM starting in September for
                                                                                 admission in the following year.
       general chemistry – 8 semester hours, with lab
       Organic chemistry – 8 semester hours, with lab                            2. Submit your application to AACPM no later than
                                                                                 July 31 of the year you anticipate entering the program.
       Physics – 8 semester hours, with lab                                      We have a rolling admission process* and recommend
       english or language arts – 6 semester hours                               that you submit your application early in the cycle.
                                                                                 This will increase your likelihood of being selected for
                                                                                 an interview. Be the early bird; it’s to your advantage.
       Highly recommended courses
       Additional suggested undergraduate course work includes
       biochemistry, genetics, comparative anatomy, mathematics,                 *WHAT IS ROLLINg ADMISSION?
       psychology, and medical terminology. All work must be from                Here’s how it works: We evaluate applications throughout the year as
                                                                                 they are completed. By the nature of this process, the entering class could be
       a regionally accredited institution.                                      filled early during the admission cycle. By applying early, you have a greater
                                                                                 likelihood of being interviewed and accepted into the program.

       3 take tHe mcat
       You must complete the
       Medical College Admission
       Test (MCAT) to be consid-
       ered for admission. Contact                O
                                                 “ neofthecharacteristicsthatstandsoutat
       the CPMS Admission Office
       if you have questions about
       the MCAT requirement.                      oureducation,prideinourfaculty,andmost
                                                  PATrIck NElSON, ’09 DPM
       Dual Degree Option
       As a student in the College
       of Podiatric Medicine and
       Surgery you may be eligible
       for a dual degree option that
       leads to a Master of Health
       Care Administration degree
       (M.H.A.) or a Master of Pub-
       lic Health degree (M.P.H.).
       If you are interested in this
       option, contact the CPMS
       Admission Office for more

          IT’S IN THE AIr. You can feel
          it as you walk on campus—
          a professional atmosphere
          that encourages learning
          and personal development.
          It’s a natural outgrowth of
          like-minded, graduate-level
          students preparing for careers
          in medicine and health sciences.
          We think you’ll like it.

                                                A BI RD’s-EYE VIEW of CA                                          Don’t ignore … THE FINE PRINT

                                                                                                                  The College of Podiatric Medi-
                                                                                                                  cine and Surgery is accredited

                                                                                                                  by the Council on Podiatric
                                                                                                                  Medical Education of the
                                                                                                                  American Podiatric Medical

           get it in writing                                                                                      Association, 301-571-9200.
                                                                                                                  The Council is recognized
                                                                                                                  by the U.S. Department of
                                                                                                                  Education and the Council on
                                                                                                                  Postsecondary Education as
                                                                                                                  the specialized accrediting
3 letters OF recOmmenDatIOn                                                                                       body for podiatric medical
                                                                                                                  education. The Council also
Arrange with your preprofessional advi-                                                                           approves residencies in sur-
sory committee to have an evaluation sent                                                                         gery, orthopedics, and primary
                                                                                                                  care podiatric medicine.
directly to the CPMS Admission Office.                                                                               Des Moines University
No other letters are required. You can send                                                                       is accredited by the Higher
references ahead of your application; the                                                                         Learning Commission of the
                                                                                                                  North Central Association
materials will be kept on file for you.                                                                           of College and Schools, 30
                                                                                                                  North LaSalle St., Suite 2400,
If you do not have a preprofessional advisory                                                                     Chicago 60602-2504, 312-
committee, you may substitute two letters                                                                         263-0456.

of reference: one from a health professions                                                                       FINANCIAL AID
adviser and one from a professor (science                                                                         Many students need help with
preferred) or podiatric physician who can                                                                         tuition and living expenses,
                                                                                                                  and financial aid is available
address the quality of your work. These let-                                                                      for this program. For current
ters should be on the writer’s letterhead and                                                                     tuition rates and more infor-
should be sent directly to the CPMS Admis-                                                                        mation on financial aid, please
                                                                                                                  visit our web site or contact
sion Office. Have the letters sent to:                                                                            the Financial Aid Office directly
                                                                                                                  at 800-240-2767, ext. 1470

         CPMS Admission Office                                                                                    or 515-271-1470. E-mail:
         Des Moines University                                                                          
         3200 Grand Avenue
                                                                                                                  TECHNICAL STANDARDS
         Des Moines, Iowa 50312-4198
                                                                The interview                                     Candidates for the DPM Pro-
                                                                                                                  gram must be able to quickly,
                                                                                                                  consistently, and accurately
                                                                                                                  integrate all information
                                                                                                                  received, and must have the
                                                  3 cOme PrePareD                                                 ability to learn, integrate, ana-
                                                                                                                  lyze, and synthesize data.
                                                  All completed applications are reviewed for a pos-              Candidates must be able to
                                                  sible interview. An on-campus interview is required             meet minimal technical stan-
                                                  for admission. Note that we do not interview appli-             dards in order to be admitted.
                                                                                                                  A list of these standards is
                                                  cants as a form of screening. Only those applicants             available at
                                                  being strongly considered for admission will be                 CPMS/admissions/standards.
                                                  invited for an interview. Candidates not offered an
                                                                                                                  STATEMENT OF
                                                  interview are notified that they are no longer being            NONDISCRIMINATION
                                                  considered for admission.                                       Des Moines University does
                                                                                                                  not discriminate on the basis
                                                                                                                  of race, color, gender, creed,
                                                                                                                  national origin, age, marital

                                                                                                                  status, sexual orientation,
                                                                                                                  or disability in employment,
                                                                                                                  admission, or access to educa-
                                                                                                                  tion programs, activities, or
                                                                 Welcome to DMU!                                  health care.

                                                                                                                  DEFINITION OF DIVERSITY
                                                                                                                  Diversity at Des Moines
                                                                                                                  University is a campus envi-
                                                  Admission decisions are made within two weeks of                ronment shaped by individuals
                                                  your interview, so you’ll know right away whether               and groups that offer a broad
                                                  you are accepted. Then you can start packing your               spectrum of cultural differ-
                                                  bags to begin the first steps in your DPM education.            ences, life experiences, and
                                                                                                                  distinct characteristics they
                                                                                                                  bring to our institution. These
                                                                                                                  include, but are not limited
                                                                                                                  to: educational background

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                                                                                                                  and performance, gender,
                                                                                                                  ethnicity, age, socio-economic
                                                                                                                  background, leadership quali-

                                                                                                                  ties, employment experiences,
                                                                                                                  talents, geographical back-
                                                                                                                  ground, and other attributes
                                                                                                                  that affirm the University’s
                                                     see for yourself – come for a visit                          commitment to creating an
                                                                                                                  inclusive environment.
                                                     Still not certain this is the school for you? We’d be glad
                                                     to show you around the campus and answer questions.          This brochure has been prepared for
                                                     To arrange for a tour, call the CPMS Admission Office        only general information purposes.
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                                      So give us a call. If we can’t answer
                                         your question when you call,
                                       we’ll get back to you as soon as
 THE ACADEMIC RIgOR YOU NEED,         possible. You can also reach us via
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                                            CPMS Admission Office
                                           Outside the 515 area code
                                             call 1-800-240-2767,
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