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March 15, 2012 —

Christie Scott works in the Dental Room

Christie Scott, D.O.'14 works in the Dental Room on last year's trip.

Thirty-three Des Moines University students are skipping the traditional spring break hot spots for a week in Honduras. Instead of spending their time off in the sun or on the slopes, students from all three DMU colleges will be addressing the health care needs of the less fortunate March 17-25.

This is the second year in a row that Des Moines University students, faculty and alumni are making the journey to Honduras. New this year is an emphasis on bringing together students and professionals from a variety of medical backgrounds.

The group is comprised of representatives from seven of DMU’s nine degree programs, including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, biomedical sciences, health care administration and public health. They will be joined by residents and faculty from the Mercy Family Residency Program at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines as well as students and faculty from the Drake University College of Pharmacy.

“This kind of service trip offers a great opportunity for students to not only give back to developing countries, but also become global citizens and learn from each other as part of their interprofessional education,” said Yogesh Shah, M.D., associate dean of global affairs at DMU.

Des Moines University’s global health department organized the experience, its eighth annual medical service trip. DMU and Drake University are members of the Heartland Global Health Consortium, a group of Iowa colleges and universities that collaborates to offer international health learning experiences for their students.

If you are able to help, these items are needed:

  • Body soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Band-Aids
  • Antibiotic creams
  • Tylenol, aspirin and Motrin
  • Multi-vitamins

Donations can be dropped off at the Des Moines University Global Health office, Academic Center, 3440 Grand Avenue, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Thursday. For more information about how you can help, contact Chris Catrenich.

And as an added bonus we will be getting a few updates via blog posts from student Ashley Kent, D.O.’15 while she is there next week, so stay tuned!


With a deep love for her hometown, Nicole Branstad is pro-Des Moines and is constantly touting its many events and attractions. When she isn’t out exploring the city she likes to spend time with her husband Marcus and their son Everett. She enjoys hosting lavish dinner parties, collecting wine and buying fresh flowers at the downtown farmer’s market. Nicole works in the marketing & communications department as the online marketing-enrollment coordinator.
  • Terry Stone

    My daughter-in-law, Trina Stone (physical therapy), is in your group, and my wife, Deb, and I will be watching vicariously through this blog and supporting from afar in Birmingham, Alabama. We hope to hear lots of details, Ashley, and thanks for the time you are taking from what no doubt will be exhausting work to keep everyone updated. We are very proud of Trina and of all of you for your great efforts and selflessness!

  • Deb Stone

    We are so proud of daughter-in law, Trina Stone and the whole group going! It is a wonderful of your school to set up such a program. We will be watching for updates on the project.