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Des Moines University (College of Osteopathic Medicine)

Founded in 1898, it is the second oldest osteopathic medical school in the United States. The mission is to educate tomorrow's osteopathic physicians, health educators, and scientists in a collaborative environment where the principles of health, wellness, and research foster effective, professional, and empathic care of individuals and populations.

School name:Des Moines UniversityCollege of Osteopathic Medicine
Address:3200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa
Zip & city:50312 Iowa
Phone:(515) 271-1400

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The first year of the COM curriculum is focused on fundamental scientific principles that support the study of medicine.
The second year builds on the science foundation and offers an integrated organ system approach that reflects the interrelationship and interdependence of body systems. The curriculum uses a combination of lectures, case-based discussion, small group discussion and laboratory exercises.
The third and fourth years are spent in teaching hospitals, clinics, and community service agencies to learn the practice of medicine in a clinical setting.
Courses are scheduled in overlapping blocks with generally two major courses at a time. Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Physical Diagnosis are scheduled throughout the first two years. Examinations occur about once a week. Grades are recorded as a percentage. Other features of our curriculum are:
• Intensive OMT training in years 1 and 2
• Wide selection of electives in years 1 and 2
• Surgical skills course
• Large number of standardized patient encounters correlated with the systems courses.
• Simulation lab course
• Preventive Medicine course (includes nutrition). All students are required to do a Personal Wellness Profile
• Geriatrics course
• Chronic care elective available for all 4 years

• Introduction to Osteopathic Medicine
• Introduction to Medline and the Internet
• Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
• Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine I
• History of Medicine
• Behavioral Science
• Anatomy
• Cell and Tissue Biology
• Neuroanatomy
• Microbiology/Immunology
• Physiology
• Physical Diagnosis I
• Basic Life Support
• Geriatrics
• Pathology
• Radiology
• Introduction to Medical Ethics and the Doctor-Patient Relationship

• Pharmacology
• Evidence-Based Medicine
• Preventive Medicine/Nutrition
• GI
• Cardiovascular
• Physical Diagnosis II
• Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine II
• Medical Ethics II
• Respiratory
• Hematology/Oncology
• Endocrine
• Infectious Disease
• Renal
• Reproduction
• Neurology
• Psychiatry
• Rheumatology/Orthopedics
• Ophthalmology
• Dermatology/Allergy
• Advanced Cardiac Life Support
• Neonatology Laboratory
• Ophthalmology Laboratory
• ENT Laboratory
• Gynecology Laboratory

During the third year, each student does a series of core hospital rotations. Each rotation is four weeks in length and the location of the core hospital for every student is assigned according to a lottery system.
Core hospital and clinic preceptors are experienced physicians who are Board Certified in their specialty. All preceptors have clinical appointments at DMU and are responsible for guiding each student in learning clinical practice in their specialty.
During the fourth year of medical school, most of the time is taken in completing electives. Many students will elect rotations that provide experiences in subspecialties that can lead to postgraduate education and in areas of the country where residencies are offered to students when they graduate. These electives are usually four or two weeks and students can travel during the year. Many of the hospitals or clinics provide help in finding housing during these shorter stays.

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