Alumni News and Updates

Way to go, Juan!

The local Juice magazine has a nice profile today on Juan Cadenillas. Juan is a 2009 DMU M.P.H. graduate. He’s doing great things for our county’s public health department and he’s really weaving himself into the Des Moines community as a Latino role model, one of his goals. I’ve gotten to know him a bit […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Exciting alumni news

I recently ran across this announcement of a five-year $2.8 million grant to a 1991 alum, Dr. Vincent Grasso. He is working on improving care for women with HIV/AIDS. Way to go, Dr. Grasso. Keep up the great work – we are proud of you! And to read about the 3 alumni of the year, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

COM alum of the year: Niru Pandeya, D.O.

A 1969 graduate of Des Moines University was recently chosen as the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) Alum of the Year. Nirmalendu (Niru) K. Pandeya, D.O., M.S., of West Des Moines, IA, was chosen for his years of support and volunteer work. In addition to interviewing prospective students and spreading the good word about Des […]

— Courtney Tompkins

CHS alum of the year: Kari Smith, D.P.T.

A 1998 graduate of Des Moines University was recently chosen as the College of Health Science (CHS) Alum of the Year. Kari Nies Smith, D.P.T., of Ankeny, IA, was chosen for her multi-faceted support of the College. “In her work with students, patients, colleagues and our academic programs, Kari demonstrates why DMU is an extraordinary […]

— Courtney Tompkins

CPMS alum of the year: Nicki Nigro, D.P.M.

A 1989 graduate of Des Moines University was recently chosen as the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (CPMS) Alum of the Year. In addition to being a professional mentor and giving alumna, Nicki Nigro, D.P.M., of Allison Park, PA, is a diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and fellow of the American […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Take a Health Quiz

Take a break from studying and check out the DMU Health Quiz on Facebook. If you didn’t pass, or want to learn more about the top five causes of death in the U.S., register for Mini Medical School 2010. The program is offered annually and is open to the public. Students, we want to hear […]

— Andrea Cooley

Restaurant Week!

Whether you’re a food snob or you haven’t been out for dinner in months, you won’t want to miss Des Moines’ second annual restaurant week! 42 local restaurants are offering a 3-course prix fixe dinner (some include a glass of wine) or lunch for two for $25. It’s a great chance to try a restaurant […]

— Andrea Cooley

5k in review

Saturday was the Des Moines University Run-Day-Voo, a 5k run/walk for students, alumni, staff and friends. Lisa Vroegh and I, from the Enrollment office, decided to participate in the event this year. As walkers. We don’t run. Despite being toward the end of the pack, we had a great time.  It was wonderful to see […]

— Katie Pearce

TODAY is DMU Day at the fair!

I know you’re thinking about it… dreaming of corndogs and ice cold lemonade last night, weren’t you? It’s understandable, really! You know you wanna do it…   So jump in the car & head to the state fair! YES, right now. Do it! You won’t regret it! Today is DMU Day at the Iowa State Fair […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Great coverage of rural health programs!

DMU has been working on launching four Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) in Iowa. This is a great system for recruiting and retaining rural healthcare workers. Last week KCCI (page now removed) did a story on it. Dr. DeRegnier and Dr. Plundo are both grads. They also speak with a current student doing a rural medicine […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU is Living United

Des Moines University is serious about community service. We do SO many projects every year it’s hard to keep track of them. So when United Way of Central Iowa had a contest for videos describing how an organization “Lives United,” I knew we had to enter. Here’s our video:   What do you think?? United […]

— Courtney Tompkins

A birthday cake big enough to feed an army

When the U.S. Army celebrated its 234th birthday at the Pentagon on June 12, DMU graduate Colonel Arthur Wittich, D.O., was there to cut the tank-sized cake. He earned the honor as the oldest soldier serving in the Army. “All the senior Army and Defense Department leaders were there,” he says. “It was pretty exciting.”

— Barb Boose

Happy father’s day

My dad (lil brother in the background) showing the Christmas gift I got him last year, a chihuahua dressed like Zorro. It’s not just anybody who will proudly wear a tie with a rubber chicken on it, especially while doing hospital rounds. If you know my dad, however, you would likely not be shocked by […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Random tidbit roundup

Read an amazing story of recovery for one local girl. She was lucky to have CPR-trained people around her, including DMU alum Nick Sullivan! Get some ideas for free or cheap outdoor fun in Des Moines. I’m checking out El Patio on Ingersoll tonight with DMU friends. It’s walking distance from campus so hope it’s […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Fun run info

I’ve received a few questions this week regarding running resources in Des Moines, so I did a bit of research on the topic. First I thought I’d start by sharing a few of my favorite places to run: To the fridge during commercials, to the mailbox on my birthday and to the ice cream truck […]

— Gina Smith

Call for entries!

This is the last month you can submit work for the third edition of Abaton – get movin’! Abaton is a literary journal produced at DMU, made up entirely of submitted art and literary pieces.To actually browse the pages of the last edition and see its awesome-ness, click here.

— Courtney Tompkins

Anatomy program @ DMU

Whether you want to teach anatomy, be a physician or just understand the human body better, DMU’s Master of Science in Anatomy program may be perfect for you. You can take it in addition to your D.O. or D.P.M. or on its own. Read about the first non-dual degree anatomy grad, Jenna. She is a very […]

— Courtney Tompkins

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

Graduation day is nearly here!!

ELEVEN days until graduation! I know some of our students are probably mentally doing the countdown!! Year after year, our grads make me proud to work here. I know the 430 graduates this year will be awe-inspiring, just like those who have gone before them. This year is the first to have graduates in the […]

— Courtney Tompkins