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Great pass rates!

In 2010, Des Moines University’s podiatric medicine graduates had a 96 percent pass rate on the American Board of Podiatric Surgery board certification exam.The national average was 73 percent. Between 2003 and 2009, the average national pass rate was 80.3 percent. For DMU graduates it was 90.3 percent. “This is a test administered after completion […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Fourth-year in DMU’s CPMS

Every podiatry school has a unique curriculum regarding rotations during fourth-year. For DMU students, it’s fairly straightforward but is ever-changing year to year. Here’s how it went for the class of 2011. In the middle of your third-year, you select where you want to spend your rotations and you need to fill 11 months, leaving […]

— Tea Nguyen

Can you run a mile?

One of our PA students is a finalist in Wellmark’s Whip It 180 challenge! Angela Nelson is now training with Rebecca Meyer from “The Biggest Loser” to get yourself on a healthy track. She wants to get herself in shape so she can help her future patients live healthful lives. We support her and know […]

— Courtney Tompkins

LACE UP: It’s walk/run season!

As the flowers peek through, the calendar starts to fill up. There are SO many fun outdoor activities. Here’s a few coming up for great causes…. April 2, DMU is the host site of the annual AIDS Project’s 5k walk/run. Be warned, it’s hilly! April 2, this isn’t a run/walk but sounds fun…  Couture for […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: roasted asparagus

Spring is here and that means it’s time for fresh veggies! Yay! The first you’ll be seeing at farmers’ markets or local gardens is probably asparagus. This is an easy way to cook them: The Barefoot Contessa’s roasted asparagus - from FoodNetwork.com 2 pounds fresh asparagus Good olive oil Kosher salt, plus extra for sprinkling […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Kids’ fair April 30 will share free fun, education about healthy lifestyles

Obesity is a growing problem for America’s younger generation. Obesity leads to chronic disease, reduced activity, decreased lifespan and a multitude of health problems. Des Moines University students don’t want that to happen to local kids so they created Mission: Active, a health fair for kids, debuting April 30. “A healthful, active life is so […]

— Courtney Tompkins

43 days…

until the first downtown farmers’ market!! That means warmer weather, flowers and fresh produce ahead! May 7 is the first one and I’ll be there! What’s your favorite feature of spring or summer?

— Courtney Tompkins

March 22 Health Career Explorer Post 141 meeting cancelled

The 7 p.m. meeting of Health Career Explorer Post 141 at Des Moines University has been CANCELLED for tonight, March 22. Because the meeting was scheduled to be at Mercy Medical Center to tour the helicopter, impending bad weather has forced a postponement. The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on April 12, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

When are you a doc?

My best friend just told me he thought I was in residency…I wish! But that was my own fault for not clarifying what the path to podiatry really is. He’s in a different field and I forget how confusing medicine can really be for others, even my closest friends. Here’s a quick break down of […]

— Tea Nguyen

Learn about women’s health in a community education course!

Physical therapy can be very helpful in treating women’s health issues. Libby Trausch, D.P.T., from our Physical Therapy Clinic will be teaching a class for the community on April 28 about how it can help. “Bones, Bottoms & Balance” is a two-hour program, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the DMU Olsen Medical Education Center, 3200 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Learn about women's health in a community education course!

Physical therapy can be very helpful in treating women’s health issues. Libby Trausch, D.P.T., from our Physical Therapy Clinic will be teaching a class for the community on April 28 about how it can help. “Bones, Bottoms & Balance” is a two-hour program, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the DMU Olsen Medical Education Center, 3200 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: grilled shrimp & black beans

It’s so nice out I imagine some folks will be pulling out the grill this weekend. Here’s a yummy-sounding fresh recipe from Good Housekeeping for shrimp on the grill. Grilled Shrimp with Black Beans Prep Time: 15 min.Cook Time: 3 min Ingredients 1  lime 2 can(s) (15-19 oz each) black beans, rinsed & drained 2  ripe […]

— Nicole Branstad

A benefit for the Red Cross in Japan

Yoshihiro Ozaki is a second-year osteopathic medicine student. He is a delightful student from Japan. I’ve been lucky enough to meet him and hear him play with the DMU chamber orchestra. He sent the following message around to a few folks on campus and I’d like to share it with you: As you know, Japan […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Return from Africa…

Summing up an experience of a lifetime isn’t my strong suite. Yet, I’ve been asked to write a little about the medical mission I was a part of this past month and so here is my attempt to do just that. In December of 2009 I learned I had been one of the students selected […]

— Daley Dodd

Friday recipe: chewy fruit & oatmeal bars

I always tend to snack more and crave treats on the weekend so I’ve been looking for healthier things to have available. This one sounds really yummy! I’d swap in applesauce for the oil and omit the salt. The flour could be swapped to make it gluten-free and the dairy items could be switched for […]

— Courtney Tompkins