TODAY is DMU Day at the fair!

I know you’re thinking about it… dreaming of corndogs and ice cold lemonade last night, weren’t you? It’s understandable, really! You know you wanna do it…   So jump in the car & head to the state fair! YES, right now. Do it! You won’t regret it! Today is DMU Day at the Iowa State Fair […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday Recipe: The Green Monster

Don’t judge this smoothie by its name–or its bright green hue. Seriously, it’s delicious! And I promise, you can’t taste the spinach. All you taste is banana. It’s cold and creamy and frothy good. I’ve made it my go-to drink after a workout. I usually stick to bananas in mine, but if you have other […]

— Andrea Cooley

Will you ‘friend’ a patient?

At DMU we always strive to create compassionate care providers. So do not take it wrong when I say you probably shouldn’t be a friend to your patients —I’m talking merely about being Facebook friends. As the age of technology overtakes us, our modes of communications change. I tend to think the more outlets and […]

— Courtney Tompkins

St. Lucia, here they come!

I am really looking forward to my global health experience in St. Lucia. We leave in a few days! Last weekend I received a $450 donation from my church and I can’t wait to present this to the physical therapy department at St. Jude’s hospital in St. Lucia. I know they are in need of […]

— Lindsay Dean

CPMS faculty, students earn '09 APMA awards

At the 2009 APMA national scientific meeting, DMU students and faculty had great success in the poster abstract competition. Kyle Peterson, D.P.M. ’10, received the first place award in the Resident/Student Abstract Category for his research project, “Radiographic analysis of Haglund’s deformity: an evaluation of NCSP and RCSP. Co-authors include Nicole Jedlicka, D.P.M. ’10, Vassilios […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Racing what?

Our DMU Webmaster Seth and his lovely wife Becky went to Prairie Meadows Friday to see ostrich, camel & horse races. He took a little video for you: You just never know WHAT you’ll find to see for free in Des Moines!

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU Day at Iowa State Fair

In between trying s’mores-on-a-stick and visiting the Varied Industries building on Sunday, August 16, stop by the Des Moines University tent on the Grand Concourse. “We are proud to sponsor Des Moines University day at the fair,” said Kendall Dillon, director of marketing at DMU. “As Iowa’s largest medical school, we are very concerned with […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Are you signed up for the DMU 5k?

The second annual Des Moines University 5k, called DMU Run-Day-Voo, is August 15 at 7:30 a.m. Are you registered? Sign up today! You can walk or run through the beautiful south of Grand neighborhood around DMU. It will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the circle drive in front of the Des Moines University Academic Center […]

— Courtney Tompkins

RSVP deadline extended on Golf Gore Scholarships!

Golf Fore Scholarships will raise money for students in the College of Health Sciences on August 22. A shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. will kick off the fun at Blank Golf Course. The registration deadline has been extended to August 17! For $100 you get 18 holes of golf, use of a cart, snacks, dinner […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Dining al fresco

ACK!! The summer is quickly dwindling. Get thee to a patio quickly while the sun is still shining so beautifully! I don’t care if it’s a PBJ on my own deck or a fancy dinner with white tablecloth somewhere, there’s something magical about eating outdoors in beautiful weather! Whether you’re finishing a week of orientation […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Free school physicals for kids

DMU students and clinicians from the DMU Clinic will be doing school physicals at the 12th annual Shalom Zone Ministries‘ back-to-school fair Monday. From 3 to 7 p.m. at Gatchel United Methodist Church, 1909 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, kids can get a physical exam, immunizations, a vision check and dental and lead screenings. Completely […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday Recipe: Homemade Granola Bars

Granola bars are my go-to snack. If I’m running late in the morning I grab one on the way out the door for breakfast. They’re also the perfect afternoon snack. And I always keep one in my purse so if I get hungry while I’m out I have something to munch on. I eat so […]

— Andrea Cooley

Staff, students, alumni honored by AOF

The American Osteopathic Foundation recently honored members of the Des Moines University family with the following awards: Alumni: Jeffrey Freeman, D.O. – 2009 Merck Excellence in Diabetes Care Award ($10,000 Award) James Pickett, D.O. – 2009 Merck Outstanding Resident of the Year ($5,000 Award) Alumna’s spouse: Jon Kamrath, spouse of Heidi Kamrath, D.O. ’09, won […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Events coming up!

The Iowa State Fair begins soon (Aug. 13-23!) and DMU Day is August 16. I know I blogged a bit about it awhile back but plans have changed a smidge… So just to update you, we will not be in the Farm Bureau tent the 15th & 16th. We will, however, have students and faculty […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Some cool awards for our faculty

The American Indian Scouting Association (AISA) recently honored Glenna Ewing, Ed.D., associate dean for academic quality and educational research at Des Moines University, with the Francis X. Guardipee Grey Wolf Award. Presented at the at the 52nd Annual Seminar Banquet held at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, on July 14, the award recognizes adults […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Welcome! Take a look around!

Today kicks off orientation for most of our new students. We’re all excited to see new faces and make new friends! Here’s some good sites to learn more about your new city: or and, of course, the DMU site: Take a virtual tour of some Des Moines area events & more! If […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Anatomy word of the month: pes anserinus

Did you know you had a “goose foot” on the inner side of your knees? Those imaginative, ancient anatomists envisioned that the three muscles that come together on the medial surface of the knee looked like the three-toed foot of a goose. Each of the three muscles, in turn, has interesting meanings. Semitendinosus is quite […]

— Bill Dyche

Research spotlight: Jodi Cahalan

Jodi Cahalan’s, Ph.D. first foray into research was as the principle investigator on a Bureau of Health Professions physician assistant training grant entitled Health Education Programs for Rural Areas. Since that time, she has been involved in both quantitative and qualitative studies.Her dissertation was a qualitative study of women university presidents in dual-career families. Themes […]

— Seth Stevenson