Upcoming Events

May 1 & 2*

ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care 
May 1 - Cedar Rapids
May 2 - Des Moines

NEW CME Learning Management System (LMS)

The CME office has a new website that will serve as the home for all of your continuing education needs.  The innovative website allows you to register for live and online (enduring) CME activities at Des Moines University. Your portfolio tracks the CME activities that you complete and allows you to print transcripts or certificates of attendance at your convenience. Featured CME events and an activity calendar can be found on the homepage; and the searchable catalog ( allows you to find activities that are specific to a certain topic, credit type, course format, and much more!

If you have not already, the CME department is requesting one minute of your time to create your account.  

It is imperative that your “profession” and “credentials” be accurate when registering your account. If a listed profession isn’t applicable to you, please select “other”.

If you attended a CME activity at DMU prior to March 1, 2015, those activities will be added to your portfolio. We anticipate this process to be complete by January 2016. We truly appreciate your patience as your portfolio is being updated.

STUDENTS! Although you may not require continuing education credits at this moment, registering in this system will still provide a professional benefit to you! Keeping an accurate CME account will document your commitment to life-long learning by tracking your involvement in activities such as the DMU Research Symposium, DMU Clinic Grand Rounds, IPTA Southwest District Meeting, Friday Research Seminar Series, and much more! Your DMU CME transcript will stay with you even after graduation and is something that can be used when applying to residencies, clinical rotations, and future positions in healthcare.

Not only does this new LMS track activities hosted by DMU, you are also able to upload external credits so you have one convenient location for all of your CME tracking needs. To upload external credits, login to your profile and select the “my account” link in the top-right of the screen. A set of tabs will appear in the middle of the screen, select “my activities” and then subsequently “external credits”. You will be able to add external activities and upload your various certificates so that all of your continuing education can be printed from one place. 

As you navigate through the website, feel free to provide feedback to the CME office by emailing

Enduring Materials Library: A cool new feature of the LMS

Earning CME credit is now even easier! Our new LMS boasts an online library of enduring continuing education materials. Visit the course catalog and search using the “enduring” format. This catalog will be updated regularly, so check back frequently for additional courses. Below are descriptions of some of the opportunities that are currently available.

Kara Thompson, D.O., Des Moines University
1.0 hour - AOA Category 1-B credit and AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

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 - AOA Category 1-B credit and AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

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 - AOA Category 1-B credit and AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

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

How to Teach at the Bedside
Thomas Green, D.O., M.P.H., Des Moines University
0.5 hour - AOA Category 1-B credit, AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM, and CPME continuing education credit

As members of the healthcare profession, we are entrusted with a responsibility to continuously renew our ranks by educating the next generation of providers. Despite many adverse circumstances, we have a professional duty to teach young healthcare providers. Preceptors have been asked to share what they do every day in their clinical practice with Des Moines University students. As a preceptor, they are a role model who supervises, guides, and facilitates the learning of students. Learn More

How do the numbers add up?

2014 was a great year for CME at DMU. There were more opportunities than ever and many were record-breaking events. One event in particular, the DMU Research Symposium held on December 4, 2014, was an overwhelming success with over 550 participants! Click here to learn more.

Below are figures to help describe how the numbers add up with regards to the 2014 CME events!

*American Osteopathic Association
^American Medical Association
∆Iowa Board of Nursing
#Council on Podiatric Medical Education

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