Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery

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Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (CPMS) is a college of Des Moines University (DMU) in Des Moines, Iowa, United States. The college is one of three colleges making up the University. The others are the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) and the College of Health Sciences (CHS). CPMS was the first podiatric college in the United States to completely integrate studies with an accredited medical school. Graduates earn a D.P.M. degree. CPMS students during their first and second year share curricula, classrooms, and grading scales with the osteopathic medical students. The curriculum is a mixture of lecture based and problem based learning (PBL), an interactive case based system. In the fourth year, CPMS students have the freedom to set up all clinical rotations, and have no obligations to affiliated programs; this is unique to CPMS.

Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery

CPMS students consistently score above the national average on standardized board exams (National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners). The faculty/first-year student ratio is 1:6. Current students hail from 22 different states and grads live in all 50 states. The campus includes the Des Moines University Foot and Ankle Institute which boasts the largest team of foot and ankle surgeons in the state. The Dean of the College is Robert M. Yoho, DPM.


2006 to 2007 expenses

  • Tuition: $23,300

Fall 2006 admission statistics

  • Acceptance rate: 28.4%
  • Average MCAT score: 22


First Year

  • Introduction to Podiatric Medicine
  • Basic Life Support*
  • Biochemistry*
  • Honors Problem-Based Learning Biochemistry (elective)*
  • Anatomy *#
  • Histology *
  • Immunology*
  • Physiology*
  • Microbiology*
  • Honors Problem-Based Learning Microbiology (elective)*
  • Physical Diagnosis*^
  • Pathology*
  • Neuroanatomy*
  • Geriatrics*^

Second Year

Lower Limb Anatomy
Lower Extremity Biomechanics
Behavioral Medicine
Clinical Podiatric Medicine & Diagnostics (includes Radiology)
Clinical Podiatric Biomechanics & Surgery
Podiatric Clinical Rotation

Third Year

Basic Life Support Re-certification
Basic Surgical Skills
Trauma/Emergency Medicine
Community Health Issues
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Podiatric Clinical Rotations
Broadlawns Community Hospital Rotation
Vascular/Cardiology Rotation
Internal Medicine Rotation
Principles & Practices of Evidence-Based Podiatric Medicine
Problem Based Learning General and Podiatric Medicine
Problem Based Learning Forefoot Pathology
Problem Based Learning Rearfoot Pathology
Problem Based Learning Infectious Disease
Problem Based Learning Foot and Ankle Trauma

Fourth Year

Clinical Rotations
Senior Independent Reading

* Integrated with DO students
^ Integrated with PA students
# Integrated with DPT students

Clinical Rotation Facilities

Central Iowa VA
DMU Tower Clinic
Greenfield Hospital Clinic
Iowa Jewish Senior Center
Iowa Methodist Wound Care Clinic
The Iowa Clinic - Vascular and Cardiology
Mercy Hospital
Pella Hospital Clinic
Scottish Rite Senior Living

All 4th year rotations are external rotations, so students rotate at residency programs, hospitals, and clinics around the US such as West Penn, University Hospital (UMDNJ), University of Florida/Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, Ohio State University, University of Texas Health Science Center, and many more.

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