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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

Congrats, grads!!!

Today 430 special people graduate from Des Moines University. The faculty, staff, current students & past grads congratulate them. We know you’ll do great things!!  Go forth & heal! P.S. We want to hear about your great things, so make sure you become a fan of DMU on Facebook, sign up for the alumni newsletter, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

A field trip to DMU

 by Rishi Shah* (11yrs, Downtown School, Des Moines, Iowa) Did you ever have an opportunity to go see a real heart? Well, I have when we visited Des Moines University (DMU) in 3rd grade. We were greeted by Dr. Matz, who showed us around campus.

— Seth Stevenson

Annual memorial service

Before we send students out to treat patients, we prepare them every which way we can. One of the first things they do as a student is take anatomy. The learn every muscle, bone, vein and organ first-hand. They know the ankle bone connects to the foot bone because they’ve seen it with their own […]

— Courtney Tompkins

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

Anatomy word of the month: mastoid

Would you believe that the name for the little bony prominence behind your ear means “like a breast” referring to its shape? The name was more familiar to the public before the advent of antibiotics as mastoiditis. Inflammation in this area can erode through the bone into the cranium and become meningitis (inflammation of the […]

— Bill Dyche

Get to know your admissions counselor

If you’re at DMU, applying to DMU or have requested info on DMU on the D.O., anatomy or biomedical sciences program, you’ve probably talked to Jamie. Read more about  Jamie’s job.  The admission staff (or called the Enrollment Management department) is an awesome bunch. I’m sure you probably already know that if you’ve ever inquired […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Anatomy word of the month: pudendal nerve

Pudendal comes from a Latin word meaning, “to be ashamed”. Interesting that this term is an archaic reference to the external genitalia. Obviously, the association of “shame” to “private parts”, those areas that should be hidden from view whether with a fig leaf or clothing, stems from ancient times. However, the term is still used […]

— Bill Dyche

DMU has two new degree programs!

We have some exciting news here at DMU! Beginning this month, Des Moines University will offer Master of Anatomy and Master of Biomedical Sciences programs. These programs are exactly what you need if you want to teach anatomy or go into research. Or they would be a great addition to other medical or health care […]

— Andrea Cooley

DMU has two new programs!!!

We have some exciting news here at DMU! Beginning this month, Des Moines University will offer Master of Anatomy and Master of Biomedical Sciences programs. These programs are exactly what you need if you want to teach anatomy or go into research. Or they would be a great addition to other medical or health care […]

— Courtney Tompkins