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Life after graduation

Ever wonder what our fabulous students end up doing after they graduate? We caught up with 4 graduating seniors at the annual commencement picnic a few weeks ago and asked them where they were headed after they got their diplomas and what one of their favorite memories was from their time at Des Moines University. […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: spinach-pasta toss

When it’s hot and humid out, I’m always on the lookout for quick and easy recipes that don’t involve turning on the oven. Usually that means grilling, but this pasta recipe only has 4 ingredients and is ready in less than 30 minutes. That’s my kind of summer dinner! What do you cook most in […]

— Andrea Cooley

Feeling creative?

Providing healthcare is scientific but it also involves a human element. Get in touch with your creative side by submitting a piece of poetry, an essay, a photograph or piece of artwork dealing with the human side of healthcare for the fourth edition of Abaton, DMU’s student-produced literary journal. The deadline is July 1. This […]

— Andrea Cooley

Pet-friendly apartments

We know you love your furry friends, but if you live in an apartment, sometimes it can be a challenge to find a place that loves your pets as much as you do. Here’s a list of pet-friendly apartments in Des Moines. All of these apartments accept pets, but check with the landlord on size, […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: mango sorbet

Who doesn’t love a cold, creamy dessert on a hot summer day? Unfortunately, ice cream is not something I should eat every day. Sorbet is a great substitute for ice cream when you’re craving something sweet and cool. Essentially it’s just fruit, sugar and ice. And it’s dairy free! What’s your favorite (healthy) summer dessert? […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: moroccan chicken kabobs

If you haven’t broken out the grill yet this spring, this is the weekend to do it! These kabobs look super easy and you can customize them by adding any of your favorite veggies. Any time you can grill your meat and veggies together I’m all for it. What will you be grilling this holiday […]

— Andrea Cooley

Take a hike!

Our students love to explore Des Moines. Here are D.P.M. student Benjamin Thomas’s top 5 trail picks: One of the best things about the Des Moines area is the number of great parks and trails available. Sometimes the only reason we don’t use more of them is simply because we don’t know where to find […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: lemon chicken with broccoli

Chicken breasts are a staple in my kitchen and I’m always on the lookout for quick and easy recipes to make with them. I think I’ll serve brown rice with this Weight Watchers recipe and call it good! What’s your favorite healthy chicken recipe? Lemon chicken with broccoli 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp table […]

— Andrea Cooley

Farmers market roundup

In Des Moines, we love  a good farmers market. The downtown market is a favorite (26,000 people showed up for opening day!), but you can buy fresh produce any day of the week at these local markets across the city. I can’t wait to check out the Ingersoll Market when it opens in June. What’s […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: chicken pad thai

I love pad thai, but I’ve never made it myself. I think this recipe from Women’s Health looks pretty easy, and it’s cheaper than ordering delivery! What’s your favorite thai food? Chicken pad thai 6 oz whole-wheat cappellini or angel-hair pasta (about 1/3 16 oz box) 1/2 lb chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces (about […]

— Andrea Cooley

Applying to D.O. school

Applications are available for the doctor of osteopathic medicine class of 2015. If you are going to be a college senior in the fall or have already graduated, now is the time to apply! DMU has a rolling admissions cycle, so the earlier you get your application in, the better chance you have at getting […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: veggie frittata

I’m not gonna lie, when I see the word “frittata” I immediately think, “this is a fancy recipe, that I can’t make.” But when I read the directions for this recipe from Fruit & Veggies More Matters I realized that a frittata is just a fancy name for an omelet (and you don’t have to […]

— Andrea Cooley

D.O. Day on Capitol Hill

Students took a break from studying last week to participate in D.O. Day on Capitol Hill. The event is sponsored by the American Osteopathic Association and the Student Osteopathic Medical Association. Every year, students from across the country gather in Washington, D.C., to talk about issues that affect medical students and practicing physicians and meet […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: Salsa!

In honor of Cinco de Mayo next week I thought I’d post a quick and easy salsa recipe. Enjoy! Black Bean-Corn Salsa 2 15 ½-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed 1 15 ½-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed 1 pint of fresh grape tomatoes, cut up 1 15 ½-ounce can corn, drained ½ […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: hummus

Hummus is my favorite dip to go with fresh veggies or to spread on sandwiches in place of mayo. There are lots of flavors (roasted-red pepper, garlic, cracked pepper) at the grocery store, but it’s actually really easy to make! All you need is a food processor or blender to mix the ingredients. Check out […]

— Andrea Cooley

What is a D.O.?

Happy Osteopathic Medicine Week! Did you know there are two types of doctors in the United States? A doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) and a medical doctor (M.D.). Most people don’t know if their primary care physician is a D.O. or an M.D. Both doctors can prescribe medicine, perform surgery and treat patients, but there […]

— Andrea Cooley

Today’s podiatrist

A podiatrist is much more than a foot doctor. They perform surgery, treat complications resulting from diabetes and work with sports injuries. The American Podiatric Medical Association has some good information about what a podiatrist does and how to know when you should see a podiatrist. Here’s a great video showing what podiatrists do: Learn […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: tuna casserole

I’m not big on gloppy casseroles, but tuna casserole is one of those comfort foods I can’t resist. This recipe elevates your mom’s casserole to satisfy your grown up tastes. I especially love the subtle mustard and lemon flavors it has. If you’re looking for more healthy recipes, check out Iowa Girl Eats. This is […]

— Andrea Cooley

Be a physician assistant!

The physician assistant class of 2012 isn’t even on campus yet, but applications open today, April 14, for the class of 2013 (which will start classes in June of 2011). The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies is a two year program. If you don’t want to commit to four years of medical school […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: Italian turkey burgers

It’s officially grilling season in our house. My husband jokes that he could eat grilled hamburgers or hot dogs every day and sometimes I don’t think he’s kidding. But we’re both trying to eat healthier, so I cook with turkey instead of hamburger whenever possible. These turkey burgers from Weight Watchers look delicious! Limiting red […]

— Andrea Cooley