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Be a physical therapist

Do you want to improve people’s quality of life? Help them recover after an accident or illness? Work with a variety of people? You should consider being a doctor of physical therapy. Now is the time to apply to Des Moines University! The Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) is now accepting applications for the […]

— Katie Pearce

Educating primary care physicians

Health care reform continues to be a hot topic and a recent article in the Business Record addresses the shortages of primary care physicians and how federal investments are aimed to help this. DMU is doing its part by educating doctors and physician assistants to meet the growing needs of Iowans and Americans. As the […]

— Andrea Cooley

And so it begins….

I started my first official day of clinical rotations yesterday. I had been told all sorts of stories of how other people’s first days had went and so was not sure what to expect. Nerves were running high as I tried to sleep on Sunday night and while I was preparing for the day on […]

— Daley Dodd

Don’t miss Discover DMU!

Ever wonder what it’s really like to be a student at Des Moines University? Are you interested in checking out our campus and labs and visiting with faculty and students? If so, Discover DMU is the event for you! Our next Discover DMU is Wednesday, June 30 at 2:00 p.m. Discover DMU is informal yet […]

— Katie Pearce

Welcome PA students!

Today marks the first day of orientation for our new class of physician assistant students! We are excited to welcome the PA Class of 2012 to campus. This group of 50 students comes from eleven different states and a variety of backgrounds. The average GPA for the Class of 2012 is 3.55, and the average […]

— Joshua Kvinlaug

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

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 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

The roll out!

A little over a month ago we had our rotation roll out. The excitement in the air that day was crazy. We had been waiting a long time to find out and we were ecstatic the time was finally here. For me, I couldn’t be happier with my rotations. Granted there are places I am […]

— Daley Dodd

It’s nice to win things now and again…

I should preface this blog letting you all know that I may officially have the worst luck at winning things of anyone I know. I tell myself it’s because I love telling stories and it gives me great stories to tell. So it’s a rare day when something overwhelmingly great happens to me and honestly […]

— Daley Dodd

And we’re off…

In officially one week we are finished with our didactic (classroom) year. For those of you unaware of how our program is set up, here is a quick rundown. Our program starts in June and from that point on we go through numerous classes that give us the best comprehensive study of all aspects of […]

— Daley Dodd

I broke my leg! or not…

Last Friday my class had the opportunity to participate in a casting lab put on by a few of our faculty and some local healthcare providers. Let’s just say we had a blast…as I am sure you can see from the pictures. We learned how to splint both the arm and leg, as well as […]

— Daley Dodd

DSM: healthy & safe

A new Gallup & Healthways survey scored 187 metro areas and rated the Des Moines/West Des Moines area at #3 on the top ten safe & healthy place list. The survey factored in violent and property crime rates, as well as access to 13 basic needs like fresh fruit and veggies, shelter, clean water and […]

— Courtney Tompkins

An intro to CHS Alumni Association!

Welcome to the first official blog from the College of Health Sciences Alumni Association. Many of you may not know about our group, so I thought I would make the introduction. Our Alumni Association is a comprised of all the College of Health Sciences programs and many functions are collective activities with students &/or staff […]

— CHS Alumni Association

Free assessments, treatments @ OMM Community Night May 13

The public is invited to experience first-hand the benefits of osteopathic medicine at Des Moines University’s OMM Community Night on May 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. In the Student Education Center, 3300 Grand Avenue, D.O. students will provide free full-body structural and muscular assessments and, if necessary, manual treatments, part of osteopathic manual medicine […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Daley has been MIA!

Is anyone even checking my blog anymore? Probably not. Sorry I have not been writing lately… life has kind of been consuming. Believe it or not school actually hasn’t been the consuming part but just life. It’s nearing the end of things here at DMU and my inability to comprehend leaving my friends has made […]

— Daley Dodd

Annual DMU memorial service May 21 for body donors free, open to public

(Des Moines, IA) – On Friday, May 21, Des Moines University (DMU) will honor 65 Iowans who donated their bodies to further medical education. The family of each donor, the DMU community and the public is invited to remember and recognize each generous gift. The non-denominational service will begin at 1 p.m. in the Student […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Be a physician assistant!

The physician assistant class of 2012 isn’t even on campus yet, but applications open today, April 14, for the class of 2013 (which will start classes in June of 2011). The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies is a two year program. If you don’t want to commit to four years of medical school […]

— Andrea Cooley