Friday recipe: breakfast fondue

Happy New Year’s Eve! Have fun & be careful tonight as you ring in 2011. In honor of what may be a long night that turns into a lazy morning with family or friends, today’s recipe is a fun breakfast idea. Breakfast fondue - from 1 can (15 oz) sliced peaches in juice 1/3 […]

— Courtney Tompkins


How many ways are you connected to DMU? We’d love for you to check out our Facebook page, watch our YouTube vids & follow us on Twitter. Another other cool thing to check out – our campus tour in photos.

— Courtney Tompkins

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is one of my favorite seasons of the year and the day itself is so much fun. Family, food, friends, carols, cookies, cozy pjs and quality time. Oh yeah, and presents! Hope you all have time to sit & reflect on the gifts you’ve given or been given this year and revel in the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: hot cocoa

Whether you’re preparing for Christmas tomorrow or just enjoying a quiet Friday, make yourself a warm cup of cocoa and enjoy some peace and quiet! Cocoa includes good-for-you antioxidants and has been said to help lower blood pressure and glucose so use the good stuff, not just the sugary mixes! Also, a warm soothing cup […]

— Courtney Tompkins

The Shift before Christmas

Today, in the spirit of the season, I’d like to share a piece of poetry that I’ve just concluded as a departure from my usual blogging style. In recognition of the men and women who continue to work in EMS and emergency rooms across the country this holiday season, I’d like to present my latest […]

— Nathan McConkey

Great PharmFree grade!

Last week the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) released the results of its fourth “PharmFree Scorecard” project. The AMSA PharmFree Scorecard ( offers a comprehensive national overview as well as an in-depth school-by-school analysis in 11 areas, including gifts and meals from industry to doctors, paid promotional speaking for industry, acceptance of free drug samples, interaction with sales […]

— Courtney Tompkins

David Vellinga added to DMU Board of Trustees

David H. Vellinga of Des Moines was appointed to the Des Moines University Board of Trustees during the board’s December meeting. Vellinga is president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, a role he has held since 1998. He has also been CEO of Mercy Health Network since 2000. Prior to being at […]

— Courtney Tompkins

The ulna is connected to the…

This is a sweet new Google tool that could be pretty handy for our incoming pre-med students, or really anyone interested in health. (You may need to download the new beta version of Google’s Chrome browser to make it work.) You can choose to view just the nervous system or skeletal system, view several systems […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Holiday hours

Don’t forget: the University is closed Dec. 23-26 but will re-open Dec. 27. It will then be closed again Dec. 30-Jan. 1. The halls get pretty quiet around here on those days in between so we’ll probably cya all in January!

— Courtney Tompkins

Cookin’ up a healthy future

On a recent Wednesday in the DMU wellness kitchen, the mouth-watering aromas were almost torturous: David Spreadbury, Ph.D., chair of biochemistry and nutrition, and Joy Schiller, wellness director, were fixing a pre-holiday lunch for 25 DMU students and employees, demonstrating that healthy eating can also be luscious. Munching on homemade hummus, savory roasted vegetables, marinated […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: pomegranate compote

If you’ve never had a pomegranate before, go to the store and buy one. They’re in season right now, so you should be able to find them for $1 a piece or less. Even if you don’t make this recipe, it is worth the experience of cutting one up and trying the tangy seeds. They […]

— Andrea Cooley

Weekend plans?

It’s the last weekend before Christmas and there are all kinds of fun things going on in Des Moines. If you’re still finishing up your holiday shopping, don’t miss the Downtown Farmer’s Market Winter Market. It’s this Friday and Saturday, inside Capitol Square and at Nollen Plaza, Friday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Saturday, […]

— Andrea Cooley

Keeping warm? Don’t forget about the pooch!

What better way to say you love your pet than a super warm sweater? How about some booties to protect their precious paws? These latex booties can be bought at any pet store or online. The gal that sold them to me said these were popular with pet owners because they are cheap and disposable […]

— Tea Nguyen

Friday recipe: baked potato soup

This is one of my go-to crock pot recipes. I usually have all the ingredients on hand and it only take 10 minutes to throw together in the morning. The best part is coming home after work with dinner ready! I found this recipe on one of my favorite food blogs, Iowa Girl Eats. You […]

— Andrea Cooley

Med school preview

Think you might be interested in a career in health care or know someone who is? Des Moines University’s Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars program – the DMU Health P.A.S.S. – is a great way for promising college sophomores and juniors to prepare for and enhance their chances of getting into medical school and other […]

— Andrea Cooley