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 draws record number of abstracts

A record number of submitted abstracts, a keynote talk by a groundbreaking biochemist, excellent work by award recipients and lots of lively discussions made the seventh annual DMU Research Symposium a huge success.

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Gregory Christiansen, D.O., M.Ed., FACOEP-D, has been named dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Des Moines University

Dr. Christiansen received his BS in Biology from the Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture and his DO degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Christiansen completed his emergency medicine residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center where he served as Chief Resident during his final year. He also holds a Master of Education in Adult Learning from the Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Education.

Dr. Christiansen served as the Chairman of Emergency Medicine, Director of the Simulation Lab, Director of the Ultrasound Lab and Medical Director of the PA program at Campbell University. He also plays a pivotal role in the student-run free clinic that allows Campbell students from a variety of programs to work in an IPE setting.

Prior to joining Campbell University in 2014, Dr. Christiansen spent 14 years on the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University Health System where he served as the Director of Simulation and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. He has been a staff physician in a variety of emergency medicine departments in New York and Virginia and currently serves as the Medical Director of the Harnett County Office of Emergency Medical Services in Lillington, NC.

Dr. Christiansen is a member of the Board of Directors of American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) since 2001 and was President of the organization from 2011-2013.