College of Health Sciences News and Updates

Fond memories of fall break

VACATIONS ARE FABULOUS! Free time is not something I know much about since we started school.  However, the first week of September was our “fall break.” I’m pretty sure it wasn’t even fall yet but I won’t complain about time with friends and a week of minimal studying. I spent the first part of the […]

— Daley Dodd

Physician Assistant Week

October 6-12 is National Physician Assistant Week. Physician Assistants are a vital part of our health care system. Remember to thank them for what they do both this week and in the future. As part of PA Week, DMU PA students will be offering blood pressure screening at Valley West Mall Saturday October 10, 12-4 […]

— Andrea Cooley

White coat makes us official!

That’s right, the PA class of 2011 is OFFICIAL! Well I don’t know how official a white coat really makes me at this point in my education…  but it for sure makes me feel like I could rule the world.

— Daley Dodd

International delights!

YAY!!!!  If you know me you know how much I love to eat & I love outdoor community festivals. Combine them into a FOOD FESTIVAL and you’ve won my heart. One of my FAVORITE outdoor festivals is next weekend – the World Food Festival! There’s great entertainment, cooking demos and you can learn about non-profit […]

— 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

Free health screenings for seniors Nov. 7

(Des Moines, IA) – Adults 50 and older are invited to Des Moines University’s Senior Health Fair for free health screenings on November 7, from 8 a.m. to noon. In the Student Education Center, 3300 Grand Avenue, seniors can get free blood glucose, blood pressure and bone density screenings. Students and physicians will be doing […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Learn more about DMU

I realize we talked about our fall travel last week, but it’s such a busy time of year for us, I thought we needed to mention it again. (Here’s our schedule if you want to see if we’re coming to your school!) Last week I joined admissions coordinator Lisa Vroegh at the UNI Career Fair […]

— Andrea Cooley

On the Road with DMU

Fall is my favorite time of year. It’s not just that I love the crisp temperatures, forests changing colors to vibrant reds and oranges or even the fantastic college football (GO HAWKS!)  I also love fall because it’s a busy and exciting time around campus. Fall is when we start our interviews for our clinical […]

— Joshua Kvinlaug

St. Lucia in summary

My two-week global health rotation in St. Lucia was an amazing experience.  I had the opportunity to work in outpatient and inpatient physical therapy, as well as complete home visits and visit a senior citizens’ home. This was such a great experience because I was challenged by working in a new culture as well as […]

— Lindsay Dean

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

Help raise awareness of homeless kids!

Imagine your life now… on your way to a successful career in health care. While there are still challenges to face, your basic needs have always been met. Now imagine if you will, growing up without those basic needs and wonder… would you still be where you are today if you grew up without them? […]

— David Guajardo

Physical therapy in St. Lucia

St Lucia has been quite the eye-opening experience on many levels. The health system here, as far as physical therapy is concerned, is very good but needs further development. The people do very well with the resources available to them but they need so much more. We had the opportunity to do some community outreach […]

— Katie Schultz

Did someone say FREE?

Anyone else out there that loves free educational materials? Well do I have the website for you! This website has bunches and bunches of free medical books available to the public and even some anatomy dissecting guides to help compliment your learning experiences as a medical student. Take a whirl and let me know what […]

— Tea Nguyen

Checking in from our St. Lucia rotation

We have completed one week of work here at St. Jude Hospital in St. Lucia and things are going well. Throughout the week we evaluated and treated inpatients and outpatients. We have seen a variety of diagnoses including orthopedic, neurological and wound care. We have also been giving in-services on various topics in the afternoons […]

— Lindsay Dean

Update from St. Lucia

8/15 Well, we made it to St. Lucia! We are staying in a dorm on the hospital grounds. The people here seem very nice and I am looking forward to working in the P.T. department. I went to a Catholic Church service tonight at the hospital chapel. It was nice. Tomorrow we are going to […]

— Lindsay Dean

TODAY is DMU Day at the fair!

I know you’re thinking about it… dreaming of corndogs and ice cold lemonade last night, weren’t you? It’s understandable, really! You know you wanna do it…   So jump in the car & head to the state fair! YES, right now. Do it! You won’t regret it! Today is DMU Day at the Iowa State Fair […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Will you ‘friend’ a patient?

At DMU we always strive to create compassionate care providers. So do not take it wrong when I say you probably shouldn’t be a friend to your patients —I’m talking merely about being Facebook friends. As the age of technology overtakes us, our modes of communications change. I tend to think the more outlets and […]

— Courtney Tompkins

St. Lucia, here they come!

I am really looking forward to my global health experience in St. Lucia. We leave in a few days! Last weekend I received a $450 donation from my church and I can’t wait to present this to the physical therapy department at St. Jude’s hospital in St. Lucia. I know they are in need of […]

— Lindsay Dean

CPMS faculty, students earn '09 APMA awards

At the 2009 APMA national scientific meeting, DMU students and faculty had great success in the poster abstract competition. Kyle Peterson, D.P.M. ’10, received the first place award in the Resident/Student Abstract Category for his research project, “Radiographic analysis of Haglund’s deformity: an evaluation of NCSP and RCSP. Co-authors include Nicole Jedlicka, D.P.M. ’10, Vassilios […]

— Courtney Tompkins