DMU: Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine

Motto“Purple and Proud”
Established date1981 (Podiatric program) School- 1898
Current PresidentAngela Walker Franklin, PhDDean: Robert Yoho DPM, M.S, FACFAS
Students per class53
LocationDes Moines, IA
ColorsPurple and White


Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine (DMU) and Surgery was founded in 1981 and is located in Des Moines, Iowa. DMU was the first podiatric medical school to be affiliated with a health science academic center. This allows a unique alliance to other healthcare professionals; interprofessional and cultural understanding are key objectives at DMU. 


The student class size for the podiatric program will range from 50-56. The average number of students allowed is 53, but the class of 2024 expanded beyond that. The white coat ceremony happens in the first year, roughly two weeks after classes begin. In respect to COVID, most of our activities are now on Zoom. The school moved clubs, lectures, guest speakers, and other events to online video meetings with little concern. Students are still allowed on campus with masks required. Tests are remote, but are proctored through a video camera that monitors you during the exam.


DMU tends to be known for its rigorous academic curriculum. The board pass rate and residency placement have been 98-100% for the last several years. That is something every student seems to strive for as they want to continue that tradition. Instructors are genuinely concerned with education, learning, and helping students succeed. 

DMU has a surgical lab, a simulation lab, and a standardized performance lab. This always uses real time feedback in the 1st and 2nd year to adapt to standardize patients in real time. DMU also has a large cadaver lab with flat screen monitors at each dissection station. Podiatric students take similar classes as the DOs for the first year. Second year podiatry students take some similar classes as the second year DO students, but some differ.

1st year: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Anatomy, Clinical Medicine, Pathology, Microbiology, Physiology, Neuroanatomy.

2nd year: Pharmacology, Biomechanics, Lower Limb Anatomy, Cultural Competency, Geriatrics, Surgery. We also do systems: Cardiac and Lung, Dermatology, Endocrinology and Hematology, Neurology, and Nephrology. 

3rd year: Students start clinic work at the DMU Foot and Ankle Clinic and

4th year: Rotations, internships, and externships tend to start in May, June, or July. 

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