The Future of Medicine Starts Here, With You.

At the Duquesne University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DUQCOM) you will be a part of something bigger than yourself. Together we will fundamentally shape the way health care is delivered with innovative solutions that address and improve patient care and access to care for everyone.

Here at one of the nation's newest medical schools in the heart of Pittsburgh's medical hubs, you'll be part of the future of medicine built upon our legacy of serving others. The opening of Duquesne's medical school is an important leap forward for the region, and the nation, as we train the next generation of physicians and health professionals to practice in our underserved urban and rural communities.

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100% of Duquesne's Master's in Biomedical Sciences graduates who applied to DUQCOM were accepted, like Jacob! Be a part of the next MBS class.

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2025 DO Application Now Open!

Be a part of the next generation of physicians with Duquesne's DO program. Now taking Medical School applications for 2025! Early Decision Admissions Track applications due July 1, 2024,

You will be at the center of a paradigm shift in health equity with Duquesne's:

  • Legacy of serving underserved populations for more than 145 years
  • World-class education and commitment to excellence
  • Historic strengths in health science disciplines
  • Renowned research opportunities and community clinical partnerships
  • Dedication to assisting under-resourced urban and rural communities
  • Mission of caring for all people in all communities to reduce health care disparities 

Equity and Opportunity Begin Here

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We are committed to an inclusive atmosphere where students, faculty and staff can serve, lead and learn without concerns of discrimination.

Tyrone Carr, DUQCOM Director of Student Affairs & Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

DUQCOM Team

The DUQCOM faculty and staff will walk alongside you to reach your bigger goals!

John M. Kauffman Jr., DO, FACOI, FACP

John M. Kauffman Jr., DO, FACOI, FACP

Founding Dean, Professor of Medicine

Amber Fedin, DO, FACOFP, FAAFP

Amber Fedin, DO, FACOFP, FAAFP

Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Associate Professor of Family Medicine

M. Renee Prater, DVM, MS, PhD

M. Renee Prater, DVM, MS, PhD

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Biological Sciences

Jason E. Wells, PhD

Jason E. Wells, PhD

Associate Dean for Biomedical Affairs

Michael Rice, EdD

Michael Rice, EdD

Director of Admissions

Amanda Troy, PhD

Amanda Troy, PhD

Chair and Associate Professor of Anatomy

Kassim Traore, PhD

Kassim Traore, PhD

Chair and Professor of Biochemistry

Yanfei Qi, PhD, MD, MS

Yanfei Qi, PhD, MD, MS

Chair and Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Mark Andrews, PhD, FNAOME

Mark Andrews, PhD, FNAOME

Chair and Professor of Physiology

Anita Showalter, DO, MA, FACOOG

Anita Showalter, DO, MA, FACOOG

Chair of Specialty Medicine, Division Chief and Professor of OBGYN

Jacob Turnbull, DO

Jacob Turnbull, DO

Division Chief of Community and Global Health, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, and Medical Director of University Health Services

Brianne Wehner, DO

Brianne Wehner, DO

Division Chief of OMM and Assistant Professor of FOMM and Family Medicine

Delbert Abi-Abdallah, PhD

Delbert Abi-Abdallah, PhD

Chair and Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Matthew Poremba, DO, FACEP

Matthew Poremba, DO, FACEP

Division Chief and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Hilliary Sismondo, MD

Hilliary Sismondo, MD

Division Chief and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Jennifer Elliott, PharmD

Jennifer Elliott, PharmD

Division Chief of Integrative and Community Medicine, Director, Center for Integrative Health, Fritzky Family Chair in Integrative Medicine and Wellbeing, Associate Professor of Pharmacy

Andrew Hall, DO

Andrew Hall, DO

Division Chief and Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine

Michael Semelka, DO

Michael Semelka, DO

Chair of Primary Care, Division Chief and Professor of Family Medicine

Jennifer Hammers, DO

Jennifer Hammers, DO

Division Chief and Professor of Pathology

Tyrone Carr, MEd

Tyrone Carr, MEd

Director of Student Affairs and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Crystal Boudreaux, PhD

Crystal Boudreaux, PhD

Associate Professor of Microbiology

Anthony Landolina

Anthony Landolina

Director of Business Administration

Clinton Iadanza, EdD

Clinton Iadanza, EdD

Assistant Dean of Academic Excellence and Accreditation, Assistant Professor of Medical Education

Jessica Ball

Jessica Ball

Admissions Recruitment Coordinator

Brenda Liszka

Brenda Liszka

Medical Registrar

Papa Owusu-Kwarteng, PhD

Papa Owusu-Kwarteng, PhD

Director of IT and Educational Resources

Alissa Monette

Alissa Monette

Director of Community and Global Health

Paige Pegher

Paige Pegher

Admissions Applications Coordinator

Madelyn Glymour, MLIS

Madelyn Glymour, MLIS

Medical Librarian

Kerin Fresa, PhD

Kerin Fresa, PhD

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Assessment, Professor of Medical Education

Rami A. Ahmed, DO, MHPE, FACEP

Rami A. Ahmed, DO, MHPE, FACEP

Assistant Dean for Simulation and Standardized Patients, Professor of Emergency Medicine

Alexandra Fortunato, DO

Alexandra Fortunato, DO

Division Chief of and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Raye Budway, MD

Raye Budway, MD

Division Chief and Assistant Professor of Surgery

Sarah Olver

Sarah Olver

Director of Medical Education

Rita McCaffrey

Rita McCaffrey

Assistant to Dean Kauffman

Melissa Gaguzis

Melissa Gaguzis

Administrative Assistant for Admissions

Angie Zampetti

Angie Zampetti

Administrative Assistant for Clinical Affairs

Alison Gloekler

Alison Gloekler

Administrative Assistant for Biomedical Faculty

Rachel Swihart

Rachel Swihart

Administrative Assistant for Biomedical Affairs

Alison Wojcik

Alison Wojcik

Associate Director of Financial Aid

Melinda Salchert

Melinda Salchert

Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs

Emily Hayes

Emily Hayes

Administrative Coordinator

Josh Calvetti

Josh Calvetti

AV & IT Infrastructure Engineer

Now Hiring DUQCOM Faculty & Staff!

Join our growing team of diverse professionals dedicated to serving all populations. At Duquesne University, equity and opportunity begin at home. Search keyword "Osteopathic" for DUQCOM open positions.

 

Explore Our Programs

 

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Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

Improve the health equity of your community by becoming a physician with Duquesne’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program that focuses on a culture of wellness and disease prevention for everyone.

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Master's in Biomedical Sciences (MBS)

Be prepared to transform the world with Duquesne's Master's in Biomedical Sciences (MBS). Built to help you advance your career in medicine through a greater understanding of the structure and function of the human body, this master's program is the only one in the world using HoloAnatomy 3D technology!

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New Medical School, Fresh Perspectives

Students from across campus will connect in meaningful, productive ways.

Rose Trimpey-Warhaftig

Rose Trimpey-Warhaftig

There’s a huge need for primary care physicians who speak Spanish. I want to use these skills in my daily work to help eliminate barriers.

Jacob Dimenbort

Jacob Dimenbort

There will be a lot of opportunities for interprofessional work, particularly in the state-of-the-art simulation suites. This is where students start to understand the roles and responsibilities of their colleagues in different simulations such as the emergency room, birthing suite and more.

Rachel Anderson

Rachel Anderson

I prioritize a holistic health approach in my own practice and consider physical, emotional and social wellbeing. It’s really exciting that Duquesne is expanding and working to train new professionals in these resources.

Henry DiPaolo

Henry DiPaolo

The opening of Duquesne’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is a great opportunity for collaboration. Pharmacy students can hear different patient cases and collaborate with a team of medical students, nursing students and pharmacy students–just like in the hospital setting.

Kyla Covato

Kyla Covato

With the medical students we can look at issues they might have and help them discover what we can do about them. I'm excited to collaborate and solve more health issues.

Iván Del Toro Hernández

Iván Del Toro Hernández

Sometimes [doctors] say they have patients who would benefit from occupational therapy, and it helps to start that dialogue from the beginning in school–not just during clinical field work.

Cassidy Camp

Cassidy Camp

I feel like the school and faculty will guide medical students and get them on the same positive path faculty have sent me on in the nursing field.

Kirstin Franklin

Kirstin Franklin

The new college will allow school psychology students to interact with medical students and learn how those teams work, while medical students get to learn how school systems work. It’s important to have these multidisciplinary teams working together so their patients–our students–can benefit.

Amelia Trello

Amelia Trello

Duquesne students in the health profession programs are already contributing to the wellbeing of our communities. Now we are putting forth more professionals in the health sphere, and that's a great thing.

Fayla Junior

Fayla Junior

Since being here at Duquesne, one of the things that people tell others about Pittsburgh is that it's one of the places where health care thrives.

Increasing Diversity in Medicine

You will be immersed in a range of diverse academic and experiential learning opportunities.

Studies show that physicians and health care professionals who share and understand patient ethnic and cultural backgrounds achieve better health outcomes for their patients and exhibit less implicit bias.

We’re committed to increasing diversity within medicine. Our commitment includes the following actions:

  • Attracting medical school candidates who have a basic understanding of the importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and a demonstrated desire to learn more.
  • Ensuring that Medical School faculty and staff positions include individuals who represent the various populations we will train and serve.
  • Training that incorporates curriculum with an extensive community engagement project that addresses health care disparities.
  • Creating an action plan and forming a committee to oversee its implementation.
  • Partnering with Duquesne’s Office of Civic Engagement and External Relations and the Office of the Chief Officer, as well as other University schools and departments, to provide programs and services for all students.
  • Launching a racial health disparities speaker series with the University’s Center for Integrative Health, offered to faculty, staff, students and the public.

Duquesne's Social Impact

From our founding, we have helped build a better Pittsburgh—and a better world. Our students, faculty and alumni strengthen that tradition today.

Mission, Vision, Values & Goals

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Duquesne University College of Medicine is to provide excellence in medical education. The College will train physicians who will serve God, in the Spiritan tradition, by caring for all people in all communities, including in underserved urban and rural communities of Western Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world, addressing healthcare disparities among these communities. The College will graduate physician leaders in all medical specialties with a focus on primary care.  

Vision

The vision of the Duquesne's College of Medicine is to create a culture of servant leaders who are dedicated to treating the whole person, mind, body and spirit.  

Values and Goals

L  -  Love and Mercy: Treating others as you would want to be treated, with empathy and compassion. Creating a culture of tolerance and non-judgementalism. 

E  -  Ethics and Morality: Creating a culture committed to practicing medicine with the highest moral and ethical standards.  

A  -  Advancement and Personal Development: Empowering faculty, staff, and students to develop lives of self-fulfillment through service.  

D  -  Diversity and Social Justice: Creating a culture that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in the treatment of others, and seeks to address inequities in access to health care.  

E  -  Excellence: Creating a culture where students, faculty, and staff can excel and reach their full potential both academically and professionally.  

R  -  Responsibility to Profession and Community: Equipping and training the next generation of health care leaders in all medical specialties with a particular focus on primary care.  

S  -  Servant Leadership: Creating a culture of service to God consistent with the historic Mission of Duquesne University.

Third-Annual Fritzky Integrative Health Summit Announced

National thought leaders, health care experts and community advocates will convene on campus this fall to discuss integrative health and the future of the field during the 2024 Fritzky Family Integrative Health Summit.

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Rose Trimpey-Warhaftig

Rose Trimpey-Warhaftig has a good sense of what she wants to achieve and the impact she'll make on the world. Though she grew up in North Carolina and earned her undergraduate degree in biology there, she always knew her future would start in Pittsburgh.

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Jacob Dimenbort

Opportunity and options excite Jacob Dimenbort. The future College of Osteopathic Medicine student loves working with technology, but he also plans to embrace hands-on learning in the anatomy lab. He’s drawn to the fast pace of trauma surgery, but he’d also like to explore the challenges of wilderness medicine. While he’ll take time to explore before committing to a career path, Dimenbort knows one thing for certain–he was meant to practice medicine.

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