Iowa Hospital Association

Many of our staff, faculty, students and alumni work or have worked within the Iowa healthcare system (we have alumni in nearly every Iowa county!) That plus a campus-wide interest in health and wellness means we’re very interested in what local and national health and medical societies/associations are doing. These are important groups for not only […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Off to the market!

One of my favorite summer activities is the downtown farmers’ market, Saturdays, 7 a.m. – noon. I love the abundant, local produce, yummy breakfast items, gorgeous flowers, people watching, dog-petting and fresh air. I know it’s a favorite outing for my fellow DMU staffers & faculty as well as our students. I know this not […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU adds provost position, welcomes experienced health professional

(Des Moines, IA) – Des Moines University (DMU) is excited to add a provost and welcome Karen McLean, Ph.D., M.S., to fill that role. McLean will assume the role August 17. She is currently acting dean for University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s College of Science and Health. She’s been at the La Crosse campus in various […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Anatomy program @ DMU

Whether you want to teach anatomy, be a physician or just understand the human body better, DMU’s Master of Science in Anatomy program may be perfect for you. You can take it in addition to your D.O. or D.P.M. or on its own. Read about the first non-dual degree anatomy grad, Jenna. She is a very […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU celebrates 109th commencement ceremony

(Des Moines, IA) – Des Moines University (DMU) awarded 450 degrees at its 2009 Commencement service May 23 at 10 a.m. at the Polk County Convention Complex, 501 Grand Ave. The dean from each of the three DMU colleges presented their classes and DMU President, former Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad, conferred degrees.

— Courtney Tompkins

Savin’ sense

Bad economy and recessionista – anyone else tired of hearing these terms? We’re all tired of the reports, I suppose but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to still save money! Handily, Juice has a whole feature this week on saving money. Luckily we live in a state with a lower cost of living than […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Congrats, grads!!!

Today 430 special people graduate from Des Moines University. The faculty, staff, current students & past grads congratulate them. We know you’ll do great things!!  Go forth & heal! P.S. We want to hear about your great things, so make sure you become a fan of DMU on Facebook, sign up for the alumni newsletter, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

New employees (1st qtr report)

(Des Moines, Iowa) — The following are new Des Moines University employees. The list is information compiled for the first quarter: Jordan Bahnsen of Des Moines joined Des Moines University as the AHEC data and information coordinator. Michelle Burkhart of Urbandale joined Des Moines University as an academic secretary. She was previously an executive assistant […]

— Courtney Tompkins

A field trip to DMU

 by Rishi Shah* (11yrs, Downtown School, Des Moines, Iowa) Did you ever have an opportunity to go see a real heart? Well, I have when we visited Des Moines University (DMU) in 3rd grade. We were greeted by Dr. Matz, who showed us around campus.

— Seth Stevenson


CelebrAsian was Saturday. I look forward to this time of year because it’s when all of the Asian people come out and you can eat Asian food and see traditional performances from all the Asian culture. There were vendors representing Thai, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and so much more.

— Tea Nguyen

Local benefit

Everyone has a bad day here & there to complain about. But lately when I have a bad day, I think of a friend who is going through a much more challenging time. Jeff Mullin, one of my best friends’ dad, is an awesome guy who is constantly smiling.  After months of back pain, Jeff woke […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Intro to figure drawing – a DMU elective

 Well, technically, it’s held at the Des Moines Art Center, just a few blocks down the road, and taught by visiting artist Tracy Duran, M.F.A. This was an amazing class coordinated by Gary Hoff, D.O., FACOI, FACC, and it is available to all DMU students. Being that I never graduated from stick figure drawings, this […]

— Tea Nguyen

Dare I say the “B” word…Boards!

Seems like second year students are hibernating in the library sitting in a deep trance with their face stuck in their COMLEX or First Aid USMLE books. What are those books anyway? Oh dear, so soon? Yes, it is board studying season! So what is everybody’s technique in preparing to study for their national board […]

— Tea Nguyen

Soaring success

When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will always long to return. – Leonardo da Vinci Humans can’t fly, so David Lindenberg engages in the next best thing: pole vaulting.

— Barb Boose


I decided this past week, May 2 through May 9, was going to be my BEST WEEK EVER.* How did I come to this conclusion? I was (self) diagnosed with Toomuchstudyitis, was getting kind of restless, and needed an excuse to celebrate. I thought, “Why not celebrate an entire week for no real reason at […]

— Kendall Conder

Annual memorial service

Before we send students out to treat patients, we prepare them every which way we can. One of the first things they do as a student is take anatomy. The learn every muscle, bone, vein and organ first-hand. They know the ankle bone connects to the foot bone because they’ve seen it with their own […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Pella Tulip Time review

This past weekend was the annual tulip festival in Pella, Iowa! Pella is a short 45-minute drive from Des Moines and a visit to Tulip Time is a must-do for anybody who loves food, flowers and a bit of history (Pella is a Dutch town full of traditional Dutch architecture and traditions).  Darcie, Lisa, and […]

— Seth Stevenson

Graduation day is nearly here!!

ELEVEN days until graduation! I know some of our students are probably mentally doing the countdown!! Year after year, our grads make me proud to work here. I know the 430 graduates this year will be awe-inspiring, just like those who have gone before them. This year is the first to have graduates in the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Nat’l Police Week 2009

On average, one law enforcement officer is killed every 53 hours in the U.S. This year, the names of 387 fallen officers will be added to the national memorial in D.C. In 1962, May 15 was designated National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day. President Clinton later directed that the flag be at half-staff that day. That […]

— Courtney Tompkins