the start of something big

Des Moines University has a long history of providing outstanding medical and health sciences education and patient services. Now it’s time we imagine our bold future.

With our strengths, expertise, a deep commitment to high quality and the support of individuals and organizations who believe in our mission, we have an exciting opportunity to transform our vision into action.

Join us as we lift DMU to a new level of health care leadership.

Angela Walker Franklin Signature


campaign priorities

to serve the community’s health needs

• Enhance OMM Clinic

• Expand Physical Therapy Clinic

• Develop a new Behavioral Health Clinic

• Build the DMU Fund

by providing access to the finest education

• Broaden rural health initiatives

• Expand cultural competency programming

• Increase scholarship funding

• Grow mental health initiatives

by fueling innovation

• Create endowed faculty positions

• Establish faculty awards

campaign progress

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let's show the world what we're made of

Featured Stories

Grateful alumnus invests in great teaching

Paul Emmans Jr., D.O.’71, has demonstrated a love of lifelong learning. A family medicine physician for approximately 40 years, he was asked by a fellow physician about 20 years ago to see some of his nursing home patients. Dr. Emmans took courses to gain certification in geriatrics. An employee of Community Health of Central Washington …

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Grateful for “opportunities to grow and develop”: Traci Bush, P.T.’95, D.P.T., OTR/L, D.H.S.

Traci Bush looks upon her life as a “series of fateful events that led to a series of opportunities.” While working full-time as a licensed occupational therapist at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, IA, she decided to also take prerequisite courses so she could apply to a physical therapy program. She applied to three …

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Supporting DMU’s vision for the future: Mary Ann and Dave Kapaska, D.O.’86, M.B.A.

A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy who flew Air Force cargo planes for seven years, Dave Kapaska earned his master’s of business administration degree from Southern Illinois University and worked for Mobil Chemical Company in sales. He then “got this crazy idea to go to medical school.” With the encouragement of his wife, …

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Inspired to invest in students: Barbara and Donald Janower, D.O.’67

Donald Janower, D.O.’67, and his wife, Barbara, believe in the power of education, and they act on that belief through their civic engagement and charitable giving. That includes their creating in 2009 the Barbara and Donald Janower Endowed Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for DMU osteopathic medical students in good academic standing with significant financial …

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Making philanthropy a “lifestyle”: John and Mary Pappajohn

The generosity and service of John and Mary Pappajohn are widely evident in Iowa and far beyond. From facilities and centers at universities to scholarships for disadvantaged and minority students, from the Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines to the myriad organizations Mr. Pappajohn has served as a board member, they live their philosophy that …

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points of pride

40,000 Patient Visits

Every year the DMU Clinic serves approximately 40,000 patient visits and provides about 1,700 rotation weeks for students.

894 Years Of Faculty Service

DMU’s 125 faculty engage students in class, labs, research and community service. Endowed faculty positions will help us attract and retain these outstanding scholars.


DMU has received the Institutional Excellence Award of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education and the Friends of Iowa Civil Rights Award.

1st To Partner With NAMI

Nation's first medical school to partner with the National Alliance on Mental Illness to provide training for its students to recognize and respond to patients with mental illness.

2,004 Scholarships Awarded

DMU awarded 2,004 scholarships totaling $8,717,409 to students during Purple & Proud. Additional scholarship funding would increase access to a DMU education.


“From the moment I first stepped on campus and interviewed at DMU, I realized this was an environment that was going to foster success. That feeling was reinforced throughout my DMU experience as faculty taught us the skills to grow academically and develop into health professionals.”

Ben Rezny, D.O.’16