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The real life adventures of Daley Dodd

So I decided that my blogging isn’t really giving you a good look into all the sides of the life of “Daley Dodd.” If you know me well than you know that anything bad/extremely embarrassing/fantastically hilarious usually happens to me. The things most people would be terribly embarrassed make me just about die laughing…so I […]

— Daley Dodd

Turtle power!

Remember back in the day when you used to gather around the TV and watch 4 turtles fight the bad boys? Well, we stepped back in time this weekend and honed in on that turtle power. Me and three of my classmates dressed up as the Ninja Turtles and it was a blast. I was […]

— Daley Dodd

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

Flashback time…

So it’s been the week of test for about every program here at DMU. First year D.O., D.P.M. & D.P.T.s  have their head and neck anatomy test, second-year D.O.s  have quite a few exams and my PA class has two exams this week as well. The library is packed and people are stressed (or going […]

— Daley Dodd

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

Top jobs – you could have one!

A list of top jobs by CNN  Money recently included physician assistants, physical therapists and physicians. Luckily we can help you get into those fields! CNN Money also picked physical therapist as the #2 least stressful job, based on a survey of the career field. Here’s our pages for each of those programs. Be a… […]

— Courtney Tompkins

What can DMU do for you?

So, I’m in Hawaii. Yeah, exactly. It’s awesome. I’d like to say it’s terrible and I’m having a bad time and the weather isn’t cooperating but that’d be a lie. It’s phenomenal and I’m having a wonderful time and it’s 85 and sunny every… single… day. I’m in Honolulu for October, November, and December busy […]

— Kendall Conder

It’s breast cancer awareness month!

It’s October so you’ve probably seen countless pink ribbons adorning everything from t-shirts to coffee cups. Breast cancer awareness is very important and I believe it’s an issue that has touched everyone in some way. Perhaps you’re able to run or walk in the Komen Race for the Cure Saturday, Oct. 24 in Des Moines. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Light the night

People tell me walking is good for me but sometimes I don’t believe them. (Walking up those three flights of stairs each day to our PA classroom never feels too good when I nearly stop breathing!)However, when I am told to walk to help out people in need…I’m all about it. Heck I may even […]

— Daley Dodd

It’s a good time to be a physical therapist

If you’re looking for a new career (as many Americans are these days), you might want to consider physical therapy. BusinessWeek ran a special report [link now removed] online about the soaring demand for physical therapists. We’ve heard for years that the baby-boomer generation is getting older and living longer, and we’ll need more healthcare providers […]

— Joshua Kvinlaug

Quality health care in Iowa

Did you know your quality of health care depends on where you live? Here’s the map that shows the rankings of states — Iowa is #2 healthiest, behind Vermont.  YAY! Is it the fresh air? Friendly people? Access to fresh fruit & veggies? What about Iowa do you suppose helps our health?

— Courtney Tompkins

Reorganizing academic priorities

It’s so easy to blow off an entire day after an exam… only to regret that I wished I had more time to study other things. Currently, my academic priorities include podiatric medicine, podiatric research and public health. What I know for certain is that my podiatric career comes before the other two. Sometimes I […]

— Tea Nguyen

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