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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

How health reform affects you

The health reform act signed by President Obama on March 30 is a hot topic whether you’re a clinician, a student or a patient. If you are wondering what it means for you, we found some documents that do a good job of summarizing the facts. The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) […]

— Andrea Cooley

DMU supports World Triathlon with global health outreach

Nearly 830 women die in Nepal for every 100,000 live births. This is the 16th worst maternal mortality rate in the world. So when Dr. Yogesh Shah, associate dean of global affairs for Des Moines University, met Charlie Wittmack, a world class adventurer, speaker, educator, attorney and family man planning a first-of-its-kind intercontinental triathlon that […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Happy public health week!

Watch this video for 2010 National Public Health Week and consider how you can help. A recent survey, commissioned by the American Public Health Association, shows an effort toward improving community health. Results show 64 percent of Americans have already made healthy changes to their lifestyle while 21 percent are thinking about making healthy changes. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

World Malaria Day – April 25

In the U.S. we don’t often worry about contracting disease with flu-like symptoms from a parasite. And yet there are up to 500 MILLION cases and one million deaths from malaria around the world. All from a lil mosquito! What can you do? Learn about malaria, sponsor a bednet and spread the word!

— Courtney Tompkins

Want to host a quilt-in?

Here are the instructions on how to do it, provided by our very own DMU staff, faculty, students and friends from The Crafting for Charity Club. And guess what? They submitted these instructions to www.instructables.com and WON a very fancy sewing machine that I know will be put to great use. Kudos to all!

— Tea Nguyen

Free conference April 7 at DMU on public health issues related to sex

April 5-11 is National Public Health Week in America and the theme is “A Healthier America: One Community At A Time.” Des Moines University students take that theme to heart and strive toward that goal every day. In honor of the public health week, they have organized “Sex In The Community,” a free event at […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Free conference at DMU on treating patients with cancer, not just disease

Sometimes a diagnosis becomes all-consuming and overshadows the patient. Good health practitioners should always focus on the person. A discussion on how to best do that will take place during “A Holistic Approach to Cancer Care: treating the patient, not the disease,” at Des Moines University (DMU) on April 8. The free conference begins at […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Time to put your soles to good use!

‘Tis the season to walk, race or run for good causes. Here’s a few coming up… On April 10 you can walk or run to raise money for and awareness about AIDS with The Project’s annual run at DMU. Kickoff is at 10. On April 10, beginning at 8 a.m. you can walk the skywalks […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Happy doctors’ day!!

HAPPY DOCTORS’ DAY to our graduates, our faculty and our doctors-to-be! Happy doctors’ day to all those working in the DMU Clinic — we have docs in occupational health, physical therapy, family medicine, ophthalmology, podiatric medicine, physical medicine and rehab, osteopathic manual medicine & radiology. I can think of very few professions as altruistic as […]

— Courtney Tompkins

There’s an app for that!

Technology has become an essential part of many of our lives and medical students are no exception. DMU osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine and physician assistant students receive iPod Touches which are especially useful while they are on rotations. Jonathan Thompson, D.P.M.’12 shares five of his favorite medical apps: ePocrates Price: Free Info: A must-have in […]

— Andrea Cooley

What are your passions?

Sorry I have been MIA these past few months, I am a slacking on that new year’s resolution to blog more! Anyways on to my thoughts: I believe everyone has a passion. Something ingrained in their character and something that takes a huge part in shaping who they become. These passions bring out the best […]

— Daley Dodd

Discover DMU!

Have you ever gone on a campus tour and felt like you didn’t really get to see the heart and guts of the school? We don’t want that to happen at DMU. We also don’t want you to visit and leave without every question answered. So if you’re thinking you want to enter the health […]

— Gina Smith