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Birthday bonanza, round 2

Happy Birthday seems to be the most used phrase lately in the PA neck of the woods. Last Monday, November 23, was a very special birthday for one of our PA faculty and once again, we had a good time! Pam Chambers (if you don’t know her…you should because she rocks) turned 50, so of […]

— Daley Dodd

Do some good today!

This is heart-warming, use it for inspiration today: see what this lil 4-year-old Iowa boy wants for Christmas. So now I know you’re wondering how you can do good too… here’s some options: Go to LetsSayThanks.com to send a free postcard to the troops overseas! Buy tickets for The Nada’s annual Silent Night concert Dec. 4, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Free health screenings at DMU for seniors Saturday, Nov. 7

Flu shots will not be available at Saturday’s Des Moines University Senior Health Fair as previously expected. The fair will go on as planned. Due to the Polk County Health Department’s vaccine shortage, they had to cancel all upcoming flu shot clinics until their supply is refreshed. “We, of course, wish we could offer flu […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Inspirational grad!

Martin Diamond, D.O.’62,  is an example of one of our amazing alums. Dr. Diamond’s passion for serving the underserved stems from his own experiences growing up as one of the few white Jewish kids in his mostly African-American neighborhood. He continued as an ardent champion of opportunity for the oppressed and persecuted, in the Army, […]

— Andrea Cooley

Uncork a cure!

DMU is playing host to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s annual Wine Opener event Friday, November 6. From 7 to 10 p.m., enjoy food, beer and wine and mingle with friends. This is sure to be a great networking event AND it’ll help raise $$ for a good cause! You can go to iowa.cff.org/wineopener and buy […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Physical therapy grad inspires others to persevere

When the Iowa Games began in 1987, Cindy Hauber was poolside, ready to compete in the 200-meter freestyle. Although it was her first swim competition and she had “no idea how swim meets were run,” the ’05 graduate of DMU’s D.P.T. program won the race. She went on to compete in the Iowa Games’ swim […]

— Barb Boose

Make a statement with your plate?

I love trying to figure out the shorthand in people’s custom license plates. (Yes, I hear your dork alert going off. Who cares; I’m a word nerd.) So I’ve enjoyed seeing some clever DMU-related plates. And if you’ve been creeped out by someone snapping a photo of your car, no worries, it was probably just […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Des Moines University President Terry Branstad retires

DMU board of trustees names interim president (Des Moines, Iowa) – At noon today in a private session, Des Moines University President Terry E. Branstad announced his retirement to students, staff and faculty. Effective immediately, he is now free to pursue the possibility of running for public office. He had been president and CEO of […]

— Courtney Tompkins

International art exhibit coming to Des Moines

Des Moines University is excited to bring Art 4 Health (A4H) to Iowa. A4H is a traveling art exhibit launched by the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland to increase awareness of global women’s health issues and promote the message that underprivileged women everywhere can work to overcome their circumstances. The exhibit includes paintings of […]

— Courtney Tompkins

New national global health consortium of universities includes DMU

The number of students enrolled in global health programs in universities across the United States and Canada has doubled in the past three years. That’s led American universities to expand these programs at an unprecedented rate. The surge also led more than 50 North American universities – including Des Moines University (DMU) – to create […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU first university to ever earn platinum wellness award

Des Moines University (DMU) was recognized October 1 as the first and only educational institution in America to receive a platinum level Well Workplace award, the highest distinction achievable from the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA). “We are obviously quite thrilled and honored by this award. It is a testament to the hard-work of our […]

— Courtney Tompkins

An alum dealing with H1N1 flu

Pat Crocker, a 1980 D.O. grad, is chief of emergency medicine at a hospital in Austin. NPR recently talked to him about their huge volume of H1N1, or swine flu, cases. The hospital has actually set up special tents in the parking lot for treatment. Listen here or read the story.

— Courtney Tompkins

Global health conference at DMU

Des Moines University’s annual global health conference “Global Health and Global Food” will be presented this year by the Heartland Global Health Consortium, in conjunction with the October World Food Prize activities. The half-day conference (which includes lunch) is scheduled for Wednesday, October 14, 11:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m., and will be in the Medical Education […]

— Courtney Tompkins

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