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.