The fair lineup!

So the other day I asked, via DMU’s Facebook page, what you’d like to see on our blog. One of my friends in the admissions department, Jean, pointed out that the Iowa State Fair has released their lineup for this summer’s fair. HOLY canoli, how did I miss sharing that news?! I’m glad Jean has […]

— Courtney Tompkins

2009 CPMS research day winners

The winners of the 2009 CPMS Research Day poster and case presentations have been announced. Congratulations to everyone who won, and thanks to all who participated in making the event a success. The winners are: Student Category: Ankle joint stiffness in plantar fasciitis subjects versus control Jonathan Thompson, D.P.M. ’11; Jeremy Tilton, D.P.M. ’09; Matt Wettstein, D.P.M. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Happy doctors’ day!!!

Yay! Today is a day to honor & thank some very important people – doctors. Whether you are one, are in school to be one, go to one or know one – you surely can agree that these are special people. Whether they’re D.O., M.D., Ph.D., D.P.M., D.P.T. or some other, they give of themselves […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Iowa rocks!

I’m starting to feel like a broken record (BTW, a “record” for those younger than me refers to those weird round things our parents and grandparents “spun” for tuneage, from what I’m told.) It seems I can’t stop talking about how great Des Moines, Iowa is! But hey I’m just sharin the news, folks, I […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Where has that been?

 Gross! Stick this in your file of ‘things we shouldn’t have to tell you’ and note it!  I’ve witnessed people doing strange things with their eye contacts…by strange I mean sticking it in their mouth to moisten it and putting it back in their eye! I’ve seen my friends do this – yes, even medical […]

— Tea Nguyen

Historic art right down the street

Guest post by Josh Kvinlaug-Lewis from the admissions office Sometimes it’s easy to forget that DMU is just 12 blocks away from a renowned art museum. The Des Moines Art Center is less than a mile west of campus on Grand Avenue, yet I rarely visit the museum, despite driving past it every week. Last […]

— Joshua Kvinlaug

City eye candy

Boy I dunno how I didn’t know about this before… There’s a cool ‘Des Moines picture of the week’ online. Check it out!! The same site has some cool city stats and deals on downtown restaurants! Also on the DMU Facebook page you can now find our ‘favorite pages’ in the left-side column and click […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Earth hour – turn off your lights!

Last year, I celebrated Earth Hour with friends at my apartment playing the card game Spoons in the dark. We started off with a social yoga-ing, enjoying the relaxing evening under the starry sky and dug right into all of the delectable foods they all brought over. We lit some candles and pulled out our […]

— Tea Nguyen

a tale from spring break

 I have tons of fun stories from our spring break trip to El Salvador. This first one is about my first ambulance ride. On March 15, the El Salvadorians had their presidential election and our team was asked to stick around just in case a riot broke out and first aid was required. Most of […]

— Tea Nguyen

We like spring break too!

Because we work for a University, everyone always assumes we get spring break vacation just like the students. This is not true, in fact spring break is actually a very busy time for us in the admission office. Even though we’re busy, we try to take a little time for spring break fun so we […]

— Gina Smith

Psoriatic Onychopachydermoperiostitis

Did the title of this post make you raise your eyebrow a bit? Do you know what it means? I don’t. But I bet if you’re a DMU CPMS student, you know what it is! And whether you’re a current or prospective student, you’d probably be interested in reading Dr. Mahoney’s piece about it in […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Aww, Des Moines, we love thee!

Yay! MSNBC picked Des Moines as one of the top 10 best midsize metro areas to live. (comparing 124 cities in 20 categories). The highest scores went to well-rounded cities with “healthy economies, light traffic, moderate costs of living, impressive housing stocks and strong educational systems.”  Des Moines was highlighted as a great place for […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Benefit for transplant patient

Having an organ transplant is scary. Donating an organ is scary. Donating an organ for your own son’s transplant must be dreadfully frightening. It’s also expensive. And for that reason, and to show our support, my husband & I will be at the “Transplant for Trae” benefit on Saturday.  Trae is only 17 months old. He was […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Doing good in El Salvador over spring break

by Barb Boose, DMU Magazine editor Last summer, Jonathan Thompson, a podiatric medical student at DMU, spent a steamy week in El Salvador, seeing 50 to 70 patients a day. He was one of 14 DMU students on a medical service trip organized by the DMU Global Health Program and the Comandos de Salvamento, a […]

— Courtney Tompkins

My mouth is watering…

Today begins spring break here at DMU. Not only does this mean the campus is quiet but it also means the cafeteria is closed. I love lunching with my DMU marketing co-workers and so we’re working on our list of places to grab lunch this week. Juice had a piece about Tumea & Sons restaurant last […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Travel is possible on a student’s budget

  I used Priceline for the first time recently to bid on a 3-star hotel in San Jose, CA with a $99 room that was $79 on I took a chance to bid for a hotel in the San Jose area at $65. I didn’t have much to lose if I lost the bid […]

— Tea Nguyen

News & notes

I hope this blog finds all you readers enjoying your week and being productive. I know there’s a lot going on at DMU as students tie up loose ends before spring break. We have a group of 24 students/staff/faculty spending their spring break in El Salvador giving care to those in need. Stay tuned for […]

— Courtney Tompkins


When it comes to wasting time, I totally dominate. I can spend a good four hours straight on the computer doing absolutely nothing important. This is a good thing when I’m stuck in an airport on a layover; not such a good thing when I’m studying for exams. So what fills the time? There are […]

— Kendall Conder

Des Moines University, Drake partner to promote health law careers

(Des Moines) – Health care and legal issues are becoming more intertwined. In recognition of that, two respected universities have partnered to offer a joint program track to prepare graduate students for careers in health law. Drake University Law School and Des Moines University (DMU) now offer joint Master of Health Care Administration or Master […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Good Eats: El Salvador

For our pre-departure meeting, our global health group met at El Salvador Del Mundo, 2901 6th Ave. in Des Moines. And if this is what I have to anticipate to eat when I’m in El Salvador during spring break, then I am all in! The price is just right and the food was so delicious. […]

— Tea Nguyen