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AOA 2013-2015 Membership Cycle Ending Soon

All members of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), other than those exempted, are required to participate in the Continuing Medical Education (CME) program to meet specified CME credit hour requirements for the 2013-2015 CME cycle. This cycle ends on December 31, 2015, and all requirements must be met by this date.

Please review your AOA transcript by logging into your AOA account. DMU CME does NOT have access to your AOA account or login information. If you need help accessing your AOA account, please contact If you notice any discrepancies or missing activities on your transcript, please contact DMU CME to follow-up.

Please visit the AOA’s 2013-2015 CME Guide and Frequently Asked CME Questions for additional information regarding requirements and deadlines for this cycle.

DMU CME Receives Six-Year Accreditation with Commendation

On February 6,  the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) Committee on Continuing Medical Education (CME) reviewed Des Moines University’s AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ self-study report and conducted a reaccreditation interview. In April, the surveyors concluded DMU “has embraced all areas of CME and positioned their program as an asset for the institution and community.”  As a result, DMU was approved for a six-year accreditation with commendation which is the highest level of accreditation awarded to CME programs.

“For DMU CME to go from a two-year provisional accreditation to a six-year accreditation with commendation is quite the accomplishment,” Vanessa Ross, MHA, CMP, CHCP, director of CME at DMU, says. “This accreditation places DMU among the top tier of CME providers, including some of the nation’s most prestigious medical schools. Health care providers who participate in DMU CME activities can be confident they will benefit professionally, as will their patients and organizations.”

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Online CME Catalog is Continuously Growing

In the spring of 2015, DMU CME launched a new online learning management system. This system allows you to register for live and online (enduring) CME activities offered by DMU. The availability of enduring CME material is something that DMU CME has been unable to offer in the past – but with the instatement of the learning management system, earning CME credit is now even easier.

Below are some new courses that have been recently added to the website. The online catalog is updated regularly, so be sure to check back frequently for additional courses.

· 4 Lifetime Pillars for a Healthy Brain

· Basic Neuropathology of Neurocognitive Disorders

· Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia

· Childhood Leukemia: Past, Present, and Future

· The Primary Care Doctor's Scourge: Low Back Pain

Be a Hero: Become a Preceptor and Earn CME Credit

Remember the clinical preceptors who took you on as a nervous new health care provider? They helped hone your skills, expand your knowledge and taught you patient care in real health care settings.

Now it’s your turn to be that “hero” to today’s providers-in-training: become a clinical preceptor. DMU seeks providers – D.O.s, M.D.s, D.P.M.s, and PA-Cs – who can take on current students to further their abilities and positively influence the way they will interact with patients the rest of their careers.

Benefits of becoming a DMU clinical preceptor include:

· increased enjoyment of clinical practice

· the rewards of giving back to the profession

· satisfaction in being a role model for students

· access to faculty development opportunities

· continued medical education for teaching

Already a preceptor? The University thanks you and encourages you to share your experiences with your colleagues who may be interested in getting involved, too.

To learn more, contact:

· Kara Thompson, D.O.'02, DMU College of Osteopathic Medicine clinical affairs, at 515-271-1549 or

· Dan Chambers, MPAS, PA-C., physician assistant program, at 515-271-1710 or

· Kevin Smith, D.P.M.’95, Ph.D., College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery clinical affairs, at 515-271-7869 or

Joining Forces to Quell Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, much of the suffering and death from cancer could be prevented by increasing efforts to utilize established screening tests and improve lifestyle factors such as tobacco use, diet, and physical activity. Nearly every person in the United States is affected in one way or another by cancer – whether it is through obtaining preventative cancer screening, supporting a loved one who has cancer, or coping with a personal cancer diagnosis and the treatment that follows. Health care providers have a unique and powerful role in shaping the cancer experience from initial screening through treatment and follow-up care. 

Des Moines University has partnered with the American Cancer Society, Iowa Cancer Consortium, John Stoddard Cancer Center, Mercy Cancer Center – Des Moines, and Iowa Department of Public Health to earn grant funding for cancer screening tools and the integration of palliative care into the treatment process. The partnerships focus on connecting health care providers with screening and surveillance guidelines, up-to-date and high-quality screening methods, professional and effective communication skills, and palliative care resources. Two of the many goals of these long-term partnerships are to improve patient-centered communication and reach a colorectal cancer screening rate of 80% in Iowa by 2018.

The partnerships align with the DMU CME mission to, “improve lives in our global community by educating diverse groups of highly competent and compassionate health professionals.”  Several educational opportunities have already been scheduled for 2015 and 2016. Be sure to check the CME event calendar for updates and additional activities that may be of interest to you! 

· October 23; Friday Research Seminar Series; Richard Wender, MD, Chief Cancer Control Officer, American Cancer Society

· October 28; Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic; documentary and panel discussion

· December 3; DMU Grand Rounds: Prediabetes and the National Diabetes Prevention Program; Erin Hinderaker, MS, RD, LD, Clinical Dietitian, Des Moines University and Katie Jones, MPH, CHES, Diabetes Primary Prevention Coordinator, Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, Iowa Department of Public Health

· March 3; DMU Grand Rounds: Hospice and Palliative Care; Charles F. Von Gunten, MD, PhD, Vice President, Medical Affairs, Hospice and Palliative Management; OhioHealth Kobacker House

· May 5; DMU Grand Rounds: Colorectal Cancer; American Cancer Society and Iowa Department of Public Health

Students Seize Summer Research Opportunities at DMU

Each year, graduate and undergraduate students from the local scientific community have the opportunity to apply to participate in an intensive Mentored Student Research Program (MSRP) at Des Moines University (DMU). Selected students are able to choose from more than 30 mentors from a wide variety of specialties to fit their research and career goals. Students are involved in short-term or on-going research and training, and are required to present their studies to their peers and DMU faculty researchers via one or more poster or oral presentations.

The DMU Office of Research has worked tirelessly to promote a culture of research in our community. The 2015 MSRP closing ceremony held on Friday, July 17th attested to this effort and was elevated to new heights this year. The closing ceremony included a keynote address on treating the high risk diabetic limb, four diverse student keynote speakers, and nearly 30 poster presentation sessions in the topics of public health, education, movement science, and biomedical science. DMU welcomed internationally renowned podiatric surgeon and limb salvage specialist, David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD, as the program’s keynote speaker.

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