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Tomorrow is February!

How crazy is it that we’re almost into the second month of 2011? Time is FLYING! If you want to prevent heartbreak, consider this your early reminder about Valentine’s Day… Significantly more important (long-term anyway!) is preventing heart disease. American Heart Association’s ‘Go Red for Women’ campaign asks you to sport their fave color THIS […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Fun event for a good cause!

Drake is hosting a trivia night on Feb. 4, starting at 7 p.m., to raise money for their Adult Literacy Center. The competition includes four rounds of multiple choice and three rounds of short answer questions. The final round will be held the next day at noon. Teams can be up to four players. It’s […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: bean & corn chili

Good hearty, cozy meals for winter aren’t always healthy. I like this easy crockpot recipe because it sounds fairly easy and full of veggies and beans! Bean & corn chili, from the Disney Family site (makes 6 servings) Ingredients 2 tablespoons red wine 1/2 teaspoon olive oil 2 medium onions, finely chopped 5 cloves garlic, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Blizzard bags

Everyone likes to wear jeans to work and everyone likes to help others in the community. This month DMU employees can do both, in combination! The Community Service Committee is selling casual day stickers in trade for items to put in blizzard bags. All the needed items are listed on the portal on the community […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Learn about medical fact vs. fiction at DMU’s Mini Medical School

Students of all ages get discount rate This year’s Mini Medical School at Des Moines University (DMU) will give you some insight on food, nutrition and global health as well as filling you in on exactly what “neuroplasticity” means. Beginning February 8, the five classes will be held each Tuesday evening, 7-8:30 p.m., in the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Free SPALing…

One of the cardinal signs of obsession is when the object of one’s focus begins to play a prominent role in their dreams. In the case of medical students, it’s not unusual for us to have haunting nightmares of exams on subjects we’ve never studied, or peculiar fusions of reality and fiction in some medical […]

— Nathan McConkey

Friday recipe: French onion chicken & potatoes

Once a month I look forward to “cooking club” with some of my girlfriends. Each month the hostess picks a theme. I’m so excited for our January theme next week – a new recipe that uses potatoes in some way. I LOVE potatoes. Have never met a potato I didn’t enjoy. So I’ve been digging […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Podiatry residency interviews

If you’re seeking for advice on how to prepare yourself to be the best interviewee ever, I’m the wrong gal. But I did want to share my experience of the incredibly stressful day I experienced recently. I don’t recall having felt so anxious on any other day of my entire existence! I already knew I […]

— Tea Nguyen

When you’re stressed, you…

Do what? How do you react? Do you eat (healthy comfort food ideas for my fellow emotional eaters)? Listen to music, stop what you’re doing and tune out for awhile? Work out? Here’s a list of 25 stress-relievers. Share your tips!

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: easy pizza at home

It’s Friday night. We’re all exhausted and nobody wants to cook. So here’s one of my go-to dinner recipes. Courtney’s quick pizza Pre-made pizza crust OR pita bread Pesto sauce from a jar OR olive oil Tomatoes Mozzarella Seasonings to taste Throw the crust in the oven (use temperature on crust package) to warm a […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Interested in research?

DMU has a very cool program for undergrad students interested in research &/or a future career in health or medicine. An eight-week program in June & July, the mentored research program gives students one-on-one experience with our awesome research faculty in microbiology, pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry and physical therapy. It’s a 40-hour a week project but […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Where’s my pasta sauce?

I always have leftover cooked pasta in the fridge and my favorite quick food is pasta with tomato sauce. Except that today, I didn’t have the prepared jar of spaghetti sauce to satisfy my cravings! I was in dire need of a carb loading session since I am just days away from my residency interview […]

— Tea Nguyen

Resolutions, what?

So, we’re 10 days into the new year – how’re your resolutions sticking? A recent poll I read said 21% of people stick to their new year resolutions for a week at the most. My resolutions I am trying to stick to is to eat a more healthful diet and be more active. Small steps, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: Cheerio berry smoothie

We hear it all the time, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” or ” a smart day starts with breakfast” or whatever similar version of that statement it might be, right? And yet raise your hand if you take time for a breakfast. Ok, put your hands down, this is a blog […]

— Courtney Tompkins

The big, bad, scary winter in Iowa

A few weeks ago, my classmates and I celebrated another major milestone in our academic pursuits. Having concluded our first semester, we are now 1/8th, or 12.5%, finished with med school! This achievement marks a brief pause in our studies during which we might reflect upon the progress we’ve made since beginning in August. Again, […]

— Nathan McConkey