Mission Statement

To provide health education and professional opportunities that promote development and optimal patient care.


To provide quality, evidence-based educational opportunities which support research and scholarly activities that are designed to enhance the competence, performance, and patient outcomes of health professionals. We focus on compassionate, lifelong learners and advocate for the health and welfare of diverse populations. Our goal is to improve patient outcomes in the populations served by the health providers we educate. The planning process will include an assessment of needs, objectives and expected outcomes, analyzing activity evaluations, assessing feedback from faculty, and utilizing clinical and other electronic-based systems when possible to monitor changes in practice and/or patient outcomes.

Content Areas

The educational offerings will advance the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Included among our educational offerings are updates in clinical medicine and basic science research, review of current or best practice recommendations for clinical care, learning modules in quality improvement, procedural and communication skills, development exercises, and professional development in academics, leadership, and patient safety.

Target Audience

The primary target audience is Des Moines University faculty, preceptors, alumni, staff, and students. We welcome and encourage attendance of allied health professionals and actively seek to broaden our audience through collaborating with other CME providers throughout the Midwest region to expand the scope of learning as it relates to their practice.

Types of Activities

Our educational activities include department-specific and specialty-specific conferences, on-site and/or on-line, single or multi-topic seminars and workshops, standardized performance assessment lab, simulation lab, case presentations, regularly scheduled series, tumor boards, journal clubs, and enduring materials.

Interactions between educators and participants are encouraged through case presentations, panel discussion, question and answer sessions, audience response system technology which encourages participation and document learning, breakout sessions with specialty tracks, and hands-on laboratory sessions. The educational design, instructional method, and learning format for each event is chosen to best serve the needs and learning objectives of the planned activity.

Expected Results

The expected results of the educational activities offered by Des Moines University will enhance learners’ competence, performance, and patient outcomes in the subject area(s) offered, encourage interprofessional collaboration, develop teaching skills, and improve patient outcomes. Learners will have increased confidence in their approach to clinical or administrative problems or express intent to change their behavior and apply newly acquired strategies.