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Stats to brag about!

DMU’s podiatric college had some great numbers recently related to the national board & surgical board qualification exams & I wanted to brag a bit about them… •    The first-time pass rate on Part I of the National Board Exam for the CPMS class of 2011 was 98%. The national pass rate was85%. •    The […]

— Courtney Tompkins

CPMS board stats

DMU’s College of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery had some great numbers recently related to the national board & surgical board qualification exams. As usual, our students and graduates are making us proud. •    The first-time pass rate on Part I of the National Board Exam for the CPMS class of 2011 was 98%. The national […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Our mobile clinic

Have you seen the big green machine? It’s our new mobile clinic! It’s yet another way we’re providing health outreach to our community. Our Homeless Camp Outreach group uses it and our friends at Free Clinics of Iowa use it as well. Read more in today’s Register! You will see it on Saturday at the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU helping with physicals for kids

Every year DMU students and staff provide hours upon hours of community service, including many free physicals for school children. DMU hosted a free physical fair earlier this spring and will host another in August of 2011. If you missed the one on campus, check out the Shalom Zone Health Fair on August 10, 2010, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

A history of African American surgeons & global health success

What do those 2 have in common? They’re both topics of displays currently in the DMU Library! The early contributions of African American surgeons is called “Opening Doors” and the exhibit about global health is “Against the Odds.” Both displays come from the National Library of Medicine and can be seen Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Long weekend continues

If you drive by & notice our campus looks quiet today, that’s because we’re closed for an extended holiday weekend. WOOHOO!!! Offices are closed. The Clinic is closed. (If you have an emergency, visit your local ER) Even the Wellness Center is closed. Cya tomorrow! Enjoy this glorious summer day.

— Courtney Tompkins

For the fourth….

There is SO MUCH GOING ON. How to decide what plans to make? Here’s some fun ideas to add to your list: Head to the ballpark to witness a citizenship ceremony, I-Cubs game & fireworks on Sunday, July 4. Yankee Doodle Pops is a huge annual tradition in Des Moines. This year it’s on the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Art attack!

One of my all-time favorite Des Moines festivals (& I pretty much love ‘em all) is the Des Moines Arts Festival and it’s THIS WEEKEND! The festival runs Friday: 4-10 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. downtown near the sculpture garden. Street parking is free. Browsing is free. There’ll be […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Another awesome survey

We know many of our students don’t choose a school alone and we know they have to find a place that’s right for their spouse and kids too. So great news: Forbes magazine picked the best places to raise a family. Des Moines is #1. That’s pretty darn awesome! It was based on living costs, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU invites you for a hands-on exploration of campus

If you’ve wished you could step into a lab to see current students in action and actually witness students’ skills before picking your graduate school, you can’t miss Discover DMU Day. On June 30, from 2 to 5 p.m., Des Moines University (DMU), a medical and health sciences university offering nine graduate degrees, is opening […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Fun, free stuff in Ankeny

Now that our glorious sunshine-y summer is here, catch some free flicks under the stars at the Ankeny bandshell! That’s better than a drive-in! Beginning this Friday, June 4, they’ll show a movie at dusk. This week it’s “Monsters vs. Aliens” and next week it is “Little Giants.” Bring the kids, some lawnchairs or blankets […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Health & medical book sale

Get thee to the State Library on Thursday or Friday (June 3-4)! The state medical library closed in March and they’re selling medical books and journals! The state library is in the Miller Building, 1112 E. Grand Ave., and is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Visitor parking just north of the building and one block east. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Gyros, kabobs, music & more!

From 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on June 5, you can pretend to be Greek. It’s Greek Food Fair time! It’s held at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. Admission & tours are free. Food is ala carte or $14 at the door for the whole meal. And it’s YUMMMMY!

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU graduated 453 at 110th commencement May 29

Des Moines University (DMU) awarded 466 degrees at its 2010 Commencement service May 29 at 10 a.m. at the Polk County Convention Complex, 501 Grand Ave.  The dean from each of the three DMU colleges presented their classes and DMU interim president, Stephen S. Dengle, M.B.A., conferred degrees. Continuing a tradition started in 1899, the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Take time to remember

Today DMU is closed in honor of Memorial Day. While everyone loves a long weekend to spend with family & friends, make sure you don’t forget why we all have the day off! Memorial Day is a time to remember our American military members who died in service. According to my good friend Wikipedia, the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Great outlook for Des Moines!

Kiplinger picked Des Moines for their “10 best cities for the next decade” list which is pretty awesome. So rest assured, the next 10 years in Des Moines are guaranteed to rock. As if there were any doubt!

— Courtney Tompkins

Congrats, grads!!

Today is the big day! Congrats to all of you who will lay claim to a new degree today! Amongst the nine programs, DMU bestowed 466 degrees (some of you got more than one, you crazy cats!) and you will all take that next step into the world. Congrats on this huge mile marker! You […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU to honor Holocaust survivor Peter Pintus, posthumously, Saturday

(Des Moines, IA) – Des Moines University (DMU) students, staff and faculty have been honored multiple times with presentations by Des Moines’ Peter Pintus, a Holocaust survivor. Pintus survived the horrors of the Holocaust and used his amazing life experiences to teach lessons of tolerance, understanding and forgiveness.  A popular speaker, Pintus addressed students and […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU to give 466 degrees Saturday at 110th commencement ceremony

Des Moines University (DMU) will award 466 degrees at its 2010 Commencement service May 29 at 10 a.m. at the Polk County Convention Complex, 501 Grand Ave. The dean from each of the three DMU colleges will present their classes and DMU interim president, Stephen S. Dengle, M.B.A., will confer degrees. Visit www.dmu.edu/commencement for a […]

— Courtney Tompkins