Alumni News and Updates

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

who are you in just a few

Six words. Can you describe yourself in only six words?  Smith Magazine created the six-word memoir idea. Some are very poetic or heartfelt like “He, open book; I, an illiterate.” and others are funny like “All of a sudden, I’m “old.”” Some like “And then I started getting paranoid.“ make me wonder what the backstory is  […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Happy doctors’ day!!!

Yay! Today is a day to honor & thank some very important people – doctors. Whether you are one, are in school to be one, go to one or know one – you surely can agree that these are special people. Whether they’re D.O., M.D., Ph.D., D.P.M., D.P.T. or some other, they give of themselves […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Braggin’ on an alum

’96 CPMS grad Michael S. Lee, D.P.M., FACFAS, was recently named president-elect of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). (ACFAS has 6,000+ members. It’s a big deal!) “ACFAS is a forum and network of the best and the brightest minds in the field of podiatric surgery, and I am honored to be granted […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Well connected

My family doctor is a DMU alum (D.O. class of 1990) and has been taking quite good care of my family for over 10 years. Just recently, she referred us to a local ENT to discuss tubes – the rite of passage for any infant plagued with ear infections (Otitis Media in doctor speak). Needless […]

— Gina Smith

Good stuff to read!

Good golly, Ms. Molly, I’m surrounded by smart people!!! (not to worry, this does not come as a shock to me but rather I am reminded on a daily basis of how amazingly talented the faculty and staff are at DMU.) Here’s a few recent pieces that feature some of the smartypants folk ’round here. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Alumni in the military

Written by Barb Boose, guest blogger & editor of ‘DMU Magazine’ As we reflect on the year that’s ending and the new one ahead, it’s a good time to remember the men and women serving our country here and abroad. Many Des Moines University alumni have served or are serving in the military, including Walter […]

— Seth Stevenson

Alumni all around

If you’ve been around me at all in the last few weeks, you probably have gotten annoyed at my sniffling and coughing. ‘Tis the season apparently. After a course of antibiotics knocked my sinus infection down (but not out, apparently) my sniffling turned to a horrendous, never-ending cough that wore me out. My dad (’92 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Mourning a great teacher

I do not know much about Roxane Joens-Matre, but with few encounters, it was apparent she enjoyed teaching, which made me enjoy my online class in Social and Behavioral Science with her. She made the time to help many of us on our final project; she organized conference calls to help us sort out our […]

— Tea Nguyen

Mourning the loss of a great doctor

We received some very sad news at DMU this week. 1990 graduate Dr. Stephen DeVore, D.O., passed away due to heart problems Tuesday.  Dr. DeVore practiced in the metro up until a few years ago. Known as a great doctor, he took it a few steps farther and many will remember him for his passion […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Raise money/awareness for homeless kids

There’s a great event in Des Moines to address the issue of homeless youth—Reggie’s Sleepout. For one night, teams camp out together with entertainment and frivolity (a lot more fun than a homeless night outdoors) to raise money. In 2006, the event drew in $60,000 and last year it raised $138,000.

— Courtney Tompkins

What talent!!!

It’s no secret that our faculty & students are geniuses producing medical marvels and healing around the world. BUT, did you know they’re also creative & artistic? Check out these amazing photos by Mark, a D.O. student who just wrapped up an international rotation in Mumbai, India. Mark was the student editor of this year’s […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Free senior health fair

On Saturday, November 1, 8 a.m. – noon, Des Moines area residents 50 and older are invited to the DMU Senior Health Fair. The annual event is organized by the Geriatrics Club and will be staffed by 50+ DMU students, plus faculty & staff. It’ll be held in the Student Education Center (the new building […]

— Courtney Tompkins

OMM community night!

If you’ve ever wondered what OMM* is, have an ache or pain, or just want to see our awesome D.O. students in action, don’t miss OMM Community Night on October 16! From 6 til 9 p.m. our students will be providing free full-body structural/muscular assessments and treatments. It’ll be in the OMM lab in the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Celebrate national PA week!

It’s National PA Week!  Here are some ideas if you are looking for ways to celebrate!  Apply to the DMU PA Program! Watch a video of a current DMU PA student Find out how many PAs are in practice across America Send your favorite PA a greeting card! Enjoy your week!

— Gina Smith