DMU Receives Bako Grant for Podiatric Scholarships

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Des Moines University’s College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (CPMS) has received a grant of up to $100,000 from the Bako Medical Education Foundation Inc. (BMEF) to establish an endowed scholarship that supports podiatric medical education. The grant will be paid over four years.

“We are honored to receive this important grant from BMEF,” said Dean Kevin Smith, D.P.M., Ph.D., FACFAS. “The support from the foundation will help to reduce student debt and create educational opportunities for future podiatric physicians. It also will have a positive impact on their lives and the lives of the many patients they will serve.”

“BMEF is pleased to provide this grant to Des Moines University’s College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery,” said Steven J. Berlin, D.P.M., FACFAS, a board member and chair of the Bako Medical Education Foundation’s Grants Committee. “CPMS is an important educational and training institution for our future clinicians. We are honored to play a small role to further this important endeavor.”

Students in CPMS earn exceptional preparation through rigorous and integrated program of didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences. Students take their first-year basic sciences courses with students in DMU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and, as they progress, focus more on the lower limb and skills in physical diagnosis. Consistently high student outcomes on board exam scores, certification exam pass rates and 100 percent residency placement are among the program’s distinctive outcomes.

About the Bako Medical Education Foundation

The Bako Medical Education Foundation seeks to advance diagnostic excellence in the field of podiatry through education, empowerment and inspiration. Toward this goal, the foundation sponsors institutions and events that seek to train the podiatric medical community on the innovations and best practices in medical diagnostics.  Learn more at