IOWA: DMU Becomes First Medical School to Require Mental Health Course for Students

January 24, 2020
News Type:  Weekly Spark, Weekly Spark News
State:  Iowa

NBC 13

Des Moines University (DMU) medical students are learning how to care for people with serious mental illness. In partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the university developed a course in 2018 to educate future physicians about treating serious mental illness. As part of the course, students hear from a person in recovery about their experience of living with mental illness, and from a loved one of a person with mental illness. According to Professor Lisa Streyfeller, students are learning how to provide “collaborative, comfortable, engaged care.” Following the course’s initial success as an elective, it is now a requirement for all third-year medical students.

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