Upcoming events

Foot & Ankle Surgery Symposium: April 25-26

Foot and Ankle Surgery Symposium The symposium will cover a broad spectrum of foot and ankle surgery topics. Each topic will thoroughly review the literature, demonstrate new techniques and discuss risk, benefits and complications of various foot and ankle procedures. This year, several topics will be discussed from both a podiatric and physical therapy perspective.
  • Difficult Wounds
  • First Ray
  • Painful Heel
  • Pediatric Foot
  • Sport Injuries
  • Trauma
Registration is $25 for students and $125 for professionals. For additional information, visit

Online CME opportunities for AOA members

Get continuing medical education online If you are an AOA member, you can take advantage of these online continuing education opportunities. You must have an AOA number to participate.


Kara Thompson, D.O., Des Moines University
1.0 hour of AOA Category 1-A and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ – $10
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art. Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between two and three years of age. Learn More


Disaster, Crisis Management and Innovation in a Chilean Mine

J.D. Polk, D.O., Des Moines University
1.0 hour of AOA Category 1-A and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ – $10
Thirty-three men are trapped in a mine 2,400 feet below solid rock. Ages range from 19 to 62. Known medical conditions in some of the miners are Type 2 diabetes, silicosis, hypertension, coronary disease and COPD. NASA was consulted and involved in the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners. In this session, Dr. Polk, former chief, Space Medicine, NASA Johnson Space Center, goes over the many facets of physiology and emergency and disaster medicine that were considered and used to affect one of the most audacious rescues in history. The session reviews the implications for blast over pressure on the human body, the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of refeeding syndrome, the implications of orthostatic hypotension and the nuances and implications of rescue and cage design. Learn More


Chronic Non-Malignant Pain

Joshua Stubblefield, D.O., Broadlawns Medical Center
2.0 hours of AOA Category 1-A and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ – $20
This course reviews the current evidence-based standards for chronic pain evaluation, management and documentation. Health care providers should be able to compare their current practices with these recommendations and make any changes as they see necessary to improve their management of this important and prevalent condition. This two-part lecture satisfies the license requirement from the Iowa Board of Medicine regarding chronic pain management. Learn More

PA preceptors can now earn CME credit

Receive AAPA Category 1 CME Credit for being a preceptor Des Moines University has been approved by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit to eligible physician assistant preceptors. Physician assistants can earn a maximum of 10 hours of credit for clinical precepting during the calendar year.

There are two reporting periods for the 2013-14 academic year: November 25 – January 17 and January 20 – May 9. The credit approval is valid from November 21, 2013, to May 9, 2014. Physician assistant preceptors may be awarded 0.5 CME credits per two weeks of clinical teaching. Those precepting more than one student at a time may be awarded an addition 0.25 CME credits per student per two weeks. Preceptors must disclose any financial relationship with commercial interests to PA students.

There is no additional work required of preceptors. The DMU Continuing Medical Education office will report the hours to AAPA and certificates will be emailed within six weeks of the reporting period. AAPA credit will not be awarded until the student evaluation is complete.

For more information about the CME credit, visit

Recap of Past CME Activities

Friday Research Seminar SeriesThe December 6th edition of the Friday Research Seminar Series was hosted by the Master of Public Health program. Clinton Gudmunson, Ph.D., and Lisa Ryherd, M.S., from the Iowa State University Department of Human Development and Family Studies, presented "Assessing the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Iowa." Attendees learned how to determine opportunities for policy, practice change related to the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and apply emerging and substantiated theories to specific health issues in Iowa. Watch the video.
DMU Clinic Grand RoundsDMU's Donald Matz, Ph.D., Roberta Baldus, D.H.Ed., PA-C, and Elizabeth Trausch, D.P.T., explored the abdomen and pelvis at the DMU Clinic Grand Rounds on December 5. Their presentation, "My Partner Made Me Come Here: Adult Male with Chronic Fecal Incontinence" reviewed the anatomy, signs, symptomology, medical office assessment, treatment and physical therapy goals for a patient with fecal incontinence. Watch the video.

Results of AOA 30% Faculty Requirement Pilot Study Announced

The CCME revisited its faculty requirement pilot of the 30% faculty versus 50% time presentation by osteopathic faculty, and whether the policy should remain as is or be reduced to 30%. At its April 13 meeting, the CCME approved that the pilot faculty requirement for osteopathic faculty be reduced to 30%. A resolution to make the 30% faculty requirement permanent was submitted to the Bureau of Osteopathic Education (BOE) at its May 4 meeting. The BOE recommended denial of the resolution, expressing concerns that the CCME was changing the policy to accommodate a small number of CME Sponsors. Also, since there is a waiver mechanism in place, it should be utilized instead of changing the policy for just a few sponsors.
At its Oct. 26 meeting, the CCME agreed to end the pilot study and return to the original rule for 50% faculty or 50% time presentation. The 50% faculty or 50% time presentation by osteopathic faculty became effective January 1, 2014. Programs that have previously been approved based on the 30% faculty rule will not be penalized.