The Difficult Learner

September 7, 2022

This is a private course, and registrations are not being accepted.

Target Audience

DMU podiatric preceptors.


  • Identify the “difficult” learner.
  • Apply a framework for diagnosing a “difficult” learner.
  • Recommend specific educational strategies for improving the performance of learners.
  • Utilize the CPMS competency evaluation.


Kevin Smith, DPM, PhD, FACFAS

Dr. Smith began serving as dean of Des Moines University’s College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (CPMS) in June 2021. Previously, he was professor and associate dean for clinical affairs as well as a podiatric physician in the DMU Clinic Foot and Ankle. He continues his work as a physician and faculty member in the clinic.

Dean Smith joined the CPMS faculty in 1998 after working in private practice in New Jersey. Board-certified in foot surgery and reconstructive rearfoot/ankle surgery, he is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa, a master of science degree from Drake University and a doctor of podiatric medicine degree from CPMS. He was chief surgical resident during his two-year podiatric surgery residency at Passaic Beth Israel Hospital in Passaic, NJ.

Dean Smith also earned a PhD in educational leadership and higher education from the University of Nebraska. He has frequently published and presented on aspects of medical education, including cultural competency program assessment, clinical evaluation of podiatric medical students and interprofessional learning as well as on podiatric medical procedures.


  • PhD, University of Nebraska
  • DPM, Des Moines University
  • MS, Drake University
  • BA, University of Northern Iowa


  • Diplomate, American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Fellow, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/07/2022 - 6:30am CDT
Event ends: 
09/07/2022 - 7:30am CDT

Accreditation Statements

DPM: Des Moines University (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this activity for a maximum of 1.0 continuing education contact hours.

Educational Grants

No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

  • Kevin Smith, DPM, PhD, FACFAS


The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME


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This is a private course, and registrations are not being accepted.