Student Club Activities & Recognition

Student Club Recognition
For the third year in a row, the Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery has honored its ACFAS Student Club as “Outstanding Club of the Year.” 

This is a student award, meaning first through third year students vote for the club they believe has been the most beneficial to the student body. Congratulations to the ACFAS Student Club at Des Moines University!

DMU Student Club 2013

Officers of the ACFAS Student Club at Des Moines University (R-L) Jordan Gardner (1st year liaison and President-elect), Ben Getz (Vice President), Adam Grahn (Media Specialist), Brandy Hooper (President), Kara Franzen (Treasurer), Zohreh Majd (Secretary), Sara Grzywa (1st year liaison and Vice President-elect).

Student Club Activities
ACFAS Student Clubs work hard to build upon the foot and ankle surgical education that students receive at their podiatric medical school. Some of many the activities they plan for their membership in past years include:


  • Podiatric Medicine Skills
  • Suturing 1st Year
  • Suturing 2nd Year: Simple and Complex Suturing Techniques (given by residents)
  • Gowning and Gloving
  • Surgical Instruments
  • Bk Casting
  • External Fixation
  • Video of a Bunionectomy
  • Cadaver Workshop on Proper Nail Avulsion Technique
  • Saw Bone Workshop on First Ray Surgical Procedures
  • 1st Year: Hallux Block Injection Workshop
  • 2nd Year: Injection Workshop
  • Radiology
  • Cadaver Skin Lines Workshop
  • Knot Tying Session
  • Laparoscopic Lab
  • External Fixation Devices- Informational Lab

Guest Lecture Topics:

  • Treatment of Gas Producing Infections
  • Charcot Foot Reconstruction
  • External Fixation
  • DuPuy Orthopedics: Surgical Plate and Screw Sets Presentation
  • Ankle Fractures and Traumatological Injury Classifications
  • Ankle Replacements
  • Hallux Varus: The Deviant Toe
  • Surgery in Modern Podiatry
  • Lauge-Hansen Ankle Fracture Classification
  • Informational Q&A on Podiatry Residencies

Student Club Communications:

  • Introductory Dinner Meeting for New ACFAS Student Club Members
  • Suture Practice Kit, Practice Suture and Printed Technique Instructions as a “Thank You” Gift for Joining Club
  • Most Outstanding Member in Suturing Labs: Given a Free Textbook
  • Student Club Newsletter
  • Display at School’s Activity Fair
  • Display at ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference Poster Submission


  • T-shirt Sales
  • Bake Sales
  • Foot Candy/Chocolate Sales

Community Involvement:

  • Partnership with Diabetes Awareness Group; World Diabetes Event with Free Foot Screenings and Educational Lectures for Communities
  • Toys for Tots

Educational Opportunities