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Apples to Apples!

I didn’t know how many different types of apples exist in this world. I thought the variety was only red and green. Well I learned about the variety of apples when I started to grocery shop for them and when I tagged along with my neighbor buddies, Clint Cummings, D.O. ’11, and wife Brandie (see […]

— Tea Nguyen

Stretching the dollar… with water

Did you know you can double the value of your fruit juice drinks simply by adding water? I found there is way too much sugar in a standard serving for fruit drinks like V8 Fusion or even Tropicana’s OJ. So if you want the juice to last a little longer or you want to drink […]

— Tea Nguyen

Did someone say FREE?

Anyone else out there that loves free educational materials? Well do I have the website for you! This website has bunches and bunches of free medical books available to the public and even some anatomy dissecting guides to help compliment your learning experiences as a medical student. Take a whirl and let me know what […]

— Tea Nguyen

I made a sale! (And a few $$ tips from Tea)

I have so many things that are just collecting dust like my old cell phone. I didn’t really want to let it go but before I dumped it, so I hesitantly made a listing on desmoines.craigslist.org. I was able to get rid of it for $20 within two days. I also sold my iPod mini […]

— Tea Nguyen

Mooooovin’ day!

Ok, so I realized that I should have planned to move much sooner than during my third-year rotation but I haven’t had much time to even stop and think this whole summer. Even though I didn’t have classes this summer (well I only had one) I was busy traveling and planning wedding stuff so when […]

— Tea Nguyen

Community Gardens

Wouldn’t it be great to grow your own food in your apartment? Seems like I got stung by the gardening bee and have been adding to my balcony garden of goodies. I remember learning about New York’s urban gardening where a plot of dirt is hard to come by so folks use the rooftop of […]

— Tea Nguyen

Medical school grading system?

I found this interesting article (requires free registration) about one medical school that changed their grading system to pass/fail and the results are encouraging. Take a look at how students rate their psychological health, their satisfaction with the quality of their medical education and their personal life. So do you think DMU should also adopt […]

— Tea Nguyen

Mmm, tomatoes!

So as I sit here and stare at the delicious collection of cherry tomatoes collected from our neighbor’s plant (we’re plant-sitting for the week), I’m thinking Easy Breezy Pasta for lunch. This is a super simple recipe to use up tomatoes: Combine 2 handfuls (or more) of cherry tomatoes + oodles of whole garlic cloves […]

— Tea Nguyen

Coupon clipping is for everyone!

Lookie at what I found, coupons online! I’m going to admit our past-time favorite moments is going to include finding great deals in the Val-Pak mail and online deals. It is so fun hunting for bargains that it really should be a sport. And if you cringe at calling this a sport, imagine how I […]

— Tea Nguyen

CelebrAsian!

CelebrAsian was Saturday. I look forward to this time of year because it’s when all of the Asian people come out and you can eat Asian food and see traditional performances from all the Asian culture. There were vendors representing Thai, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and so much more.

— Tea Nguyen

Intro to figure drawing – a DMU elective

 Well, technically, it’s held at the Des Moines Art Center, just a few blocks down the road, and taught by visiting artist Tracy Duran, M.F.A. This was an amazing class coordinated by Gary Hoff, D.O., FACOI, FACC, and it is available to all DMU students. Being that I never graduated from stick figure drawings, this […]

— Tea Nguyen

Dare I say the “B” word…Boards!

Seems like second year students are hibernating in the library sitting in a deep trance with their face stuck in their COMLEX or First Aid USMLE books. What are those books anyway? Oh dear, so soon? Yes, it is board studying season! So what is everybody’s technique in preparing to study for their national board […]

— Tea Nguyen

Bone marrow month

In recognition of Bone Marrow Month, I felt it would be appropriate to share my friend’s story about his battle with leukemia. He’s a strapping young man and was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 25, just two years ago. When I first heard about this, I went straight to the internet to learn […]

— Tea Nguyen

Is anyone Audiobooking?

There’s a special membership deal at www.audible.com (or at least there was when I last visited) for books on audio! What a concept. Not only do I get the chance to catch up on all the books people are talking about, I can listen to it while at the gym, or when laying in bed when my […]

— Tea Nguyen

Where has that been?

 Gross! Stick this in your file of ‘things we shouldn’t have to tell you’ and note it!  I’ve witnessed people doing strange things with their eye contacts…by strange I mean sticking it in their mouth to moisten it and putting it back in their eye! I’ve seen my friends do this – yes, even medical […]

— Tea Nguyen

Earth hour – turn off your lights!

Last year, I celebrated Earth Hour with friends at my apartment playing the card game Spoons in the dark. We started off with a social yoga-ing, enjoying the relaxing evening under the starry sky and dug right into all of the delectable foods they all brought over. We lit some candles and pulled out our […]

— Tea Nguyen

a tale from spring break

 I have tons of fun stories from our spring break trip to El Salvador. This first one is about my first ambulance ride. On March 15, the El Salvadorians had their presidential election and our team was asked to stick around just in case a riot broke out and first aid was required. Most of […]

— Tea Nguyen

Travel is possible on a student’s budget

  I used Priceline for the first time recently to bid on a 3-star hotel in San Jose, CA with a $99 room that was $79 on www.hotels.com. I took a chance to bid for a hotel in the San Jose area at $65. I didn’t have much to lose if I lost the bid […]

— Tea Nguyen

Good Eats: El Salvador

For our pre-departure meeting, our global health group met at El Salvador Del Mundo, 2901 6th Ave. in Des Moines. And if this is what I have to anticipate to eat when I’m in El Salvador during spring break, then I am all in! The price is just right and the food was so delicious. […]

— Tea Nguyen

Lunch with Governor Branstad!

I’m so glad I went to have lunch with Governor Branstad (DMU’s president) today. He absorbed all of our concerns ranging from requests for additional printers, concerns about our laptops and parking issues, among other topics. You just had to be there to hear it all! I highly recommend students attending one of these lunch […]

— Tea Nguyen