What is OPTI?

  • Educational enhancement
  • OMM
  • Research
  • Faculty development
  • Resident recruitment

The Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institute is a consortium of teaching hospitals who have partnered with Des Moines University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) in pursuit of excellence in internship and residency training.

The Health Education and Residency Training Network (HEARTland Network) has been developed to ensure the educational continuum for DMU’s osteopathic medical graduates. The HEARTland Network was established to support and promote excellence in the continuum of osteopathic medical education that begins with matriculation at an osteopathic medical school and extends through residency training and continuing medical education.

Our OPTI members agree to collaborate on areas of mutual interest and benefit, including educational standards, academic programs, grant acquisition, evaluation activities, faculty development, curricular development, continuing medical education, research/scholarly activity, marketing, promotion and recruitment.

The HEARTland Network exists to:

  • Promote excellence in education and training for osteopathic medical students, interns and residents to meet tomorrow’s health care needs for Iowans as well as the nation.
  • Contribute to the advancement of knowledge through the fostering of research.
  • Promote innovation, creativity and excellence along the continuum of osteopathic medical education.


DMU Research Symposium probes ethics, awards presentations

The more than 500 graduate and undergraduate students, faculty members, staff, residents and other researchers who attended the 2015 DMU Research Symposium on Dec. 3 enjoyed a stimulating mix of scientific topics and difficult questions posed on the ethics of research itself. Read More.

DMU Administration Changes

Dean JD Polk’s last day at DMU was 12/07/15 as he moved to Washington DC to assume his new position with NASA. His accomplishments during his short stay at DMU were absolutely amazing — COCA accreditation, OPTI accreditation, assembling a strong associate dean team, leading the ultrasound project, filling faculty vacancies, creating a strategic plan for the college as well as a research strategic plan. DMU undoubtedly benefited from his efforts and his leadership will be greatly missed.

Bret Ripley, D.O.,FACOFP, FPLI will serve as the Interim COM Dean as the search for the next COM dean begins.

Associate Dean Tom Green will become the direct supervisor of the clinical department chairs as well as the Interim CAO of the Heartland Network OPTI with Dr. Tammy Chance's departure at the end of December.

The College of Medicine (COM) at Des Moines University is actively seeking applicants and nominations for the new position of Associate Dean Graduate Medical Education & Student Affairs.

Founded in 1898, and located in Des Moines, Iowa Des Moines University is a post-graduate medical university comprised of three colleges – College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery and College of Health Sciences– offering a total of eight graduate degrees.   Des Moines University combines the top advantages in medical education available today: an expert faculty, a rigorous relevant curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities, a dynamic and diverse research environment, and a vibrant community of students and faculty active in learning and service.

Reporting to the COM Dean, the Associate Dean position will be responsible for providing oversight of the College of Osteopathic Medicine admissions process, as well as the coordination and oversight of the Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Institute (OPTI) and acts as Chief Academic Officer of OPTI.  In addition this position directly supervises the Director of OPTI.

Qualifications for this highly visible position include but are not limited to:

  • Earned doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine ( DO) PLUS three years administrative or teaching experience at a medical school or medical institution required.
  • Strategic planning experience a plus.
  • Proven leadership skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with administrators, faculty and students.
  • Excellent communications, interpersonal, organizational, presentation and time management skills.

Qualified candidates are invited to apply by submitting a CV, cover letter and statement of leadership philosophy using the online system at www.dmu.edu/employment.  Candidates with inquiries may contact Search Chair Dr. Yogesh Shah at 515-271-1369.

For a more complete job description, fulltime benefit summary or more information on Des Moines University and/or its programs, please visit www.dmu.edu/employment.  For more information on the immediate Des Moines area please visit www.desmoinesmetro.com.

Des Moines University is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information and other characteristics protected by law (“protected class”).   Applications from candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.