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How health reform affects you

The health reform act signed by President Obama on March 30 is a hot topic whether you’re a clinician, a student or a patient. If you are wondering what it means for you, we found some documents that do a good job of summarizing the facts. The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) […]

— Andrea Cooley

It’s a match!

Med students work for 4 years in anticipation of the day they find out where they will spend their residency. Our Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine students recently received their residency matches. D.O. students can match in either D.O. and M.D. residency programs.  Our students are highly recruited and every year […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: oatmeal pancakes

I love pancakes! Seriously, who doesn’t smile at the thought of a stack of warm, fluffy cakes topped with maple syrup? If you haven’t tried making batter from scratch, it’s definitely worth is (and cheaper than buying a mix). This recipe (from Prevention magazine) gets a healthy boost with oatmeal and whole wheat flour. Limit […]

— Andrea Cooley

There’s an app for that!

Technology has become an essential part of many of our lives and medical students are no exception. DMU osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine and physician assistant students receive iPod Touches which are especially useful while they are on rotations. Jonathan Thompson, D.P.M.’12 shares five of his favorite medical apps: ePocrates Price: Free Info: A must-have in […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: veggie quesadillas

I went through a phase where I made (and ate) quesadillas several times a week. They were so easy and so tasty, but a couple years ago I must have hit my quota and haven’t made them since. Until I found this recipe on fresh365 (a great source for vegetarian recipes using in-season produce). I’m […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: tuna salad

This is one of my go-to recipes. If I don’t have any ideas for dinner I usually have tuna in the cupboard and can throw together some quick sandwiches and call it a meal. This recipe is from the Sonoma Diet book. It only makes one serving, so I usually double it. I like to […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: Cuban-style pork & sweet potatoes

Even though it’s finally starting to feel like spring, it’s not warm enough to start grilling out and I’m still using my slow cooker at least once a week. This recipe has the perfect combination of sweet citrus from the orange juice and spicy from the rotel. Yum! What’s your favorite slow cooker recipe? Cuban-style […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: sour cream coffee cake

I will be the first to admit that I am addicted to coffee (you don’t want to be around me if I haven’t had my daily cup o’ joe). And what better to go with my morning coffee than coffee cake? Unfortunately coffee cake (and most delicious pastries) are high in fat and sugar–that’s why […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: vanilla coconut granola

I love granola. I munch on it for a mid-morning snack, stir it into yogurt and put it on ice cream. It’s the perfect combination of crunchy, sweet and depending on your recipe, salty. So I was excited to come across this recipe for vanilla coconut granola on the ReadyMade magazine food blog. Doesn’t the […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: black bean soup

As the winter drags on, one of the things that keeps me sane (and warm) is soup. Lots and lots of soup. Some weeks I think I eat soup every day. I’m trying to be better about making soup rather than buying it in cans (as easy as it is to empty a can, it’s […]

— Andrea Cooley

DMU is coming to a campus near you!

It’s travel season again for the admissions’ office. We don’t have nearly as many stops on our list as we did in the Fall, but we’re still going to be pretty busy for the next couple months. Check out our schedule here. If your school isn’t on the list, let us know. We’d love to […]

— Andrea Cooley

Get a degree without leaving home!

Want to advance your career in health care but don’t think you have time to go back to school? Think again! Des Moines University has three programs that you can complete online: Master of Health Care Administration, Master of Public Health and Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy. Online classes offer convenience and flexibility for students […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: bittersweet chocolate cake with berries

Some people say Valentine’s Day is about love, I say it’s about chocolate! I don’t need an excuse to eat chocolate every day, but I am trying to be healthier, so this recipe is my compromise. It’s still full of chocolaty goodness, but it’s not quite as sinful as it could be. Now I just […]

— Andrea Cooley

Spend your summer doing research!

Research is key component for a successful medical and health science school and DMU is proud of its research department. You don’t have to be a DMU student to rub shoulders with faculty and medical students, though! Every summer, undergraduate students work with faculty researchers for 8 weeks on projects in microbiology, pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: healthy blueberry muffins

I have to confess, just looking at this picture makes me drool a little, so when I found out they’re healthy that’s just an added bonus. I don’t usually use Splenda or egg substitute. Does anyone have a favorite brand or thoughts on these? This is a Hungry Girl recipe. If you haven’t checked out her […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: kidney bean and tuna salad

I’m a big fan of tuna salad. It’s super easy, inexpensive and healthy! Don’t let the kidney beans in the title of this recipe scare you. They are a harmless red bean that add bulk (and protein) to this super simple sandwich. Kidney bean and tuna salad Ingredients: 1 15 ½ oz. can kidney beans, […]

— Andrea Cooley

How to help Haiti

It’s hard to see people suffering and not know the best way to help. There’s a lot of information going around about what groups you should donate to or shouldn’t do to help those hurt in Haiti. I asked Dr. Yogi Shah, head of our global health dept., and he said truly the best thing […]

— Andrea Cooley

Pass the P.A.S.S. on to your pre-med friends!

We have a sweet deal for pre-med students who want to get their feet wet before they start the application process… The DMU Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars Program (Health P.A.S.S.) will give students a taste of what it’s like to be a student in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physician assistant or physical therapy. The […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: Chicken and Broccoli Parmesan Pasta

I discovered a new website for healthy recipes: Eat Better America. The site takes classic dishes and makes them healthier. It’s full of tempting recipes like oatmeal peanut butter breakfast cookies, three-cheese manicotti and spinach artichoke dip and health tips. The best part is all of the recipes include nutrition information and a comparison to […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: slow-cooker wild rice soup

One of my resolutions for 2010 is to cook more meals in the crock pot. I love coming home on a cold night to a warm meal that’s ready to eat. This recipe sounds especially satisfying for this chilly weekend. What are your New Year’s Resolutions? If eating healthy is on the list, check out […]

— Andrea Cooley