College of Health Sciences News and Updates

Healthiest Nation in One Generation

by Barb Boose, DMU Magazine editor As a nation, we are sick. And I’m not talking about the lingering cold you’re nursing. Life expectancy in America ranks 46th in the world, behind Japan, most of Europe and countries like South Korea and Jordan. A baby born today in the U.S. is more likely to die […]

— Courtney Tompkins

News & notes

I hope this blog finds all you readers enjoying your week and being productive. I know there’s a lot going on at DMU as students tie up loose ends before spring break. We have a group of 24 students/staff/faculty spending their spring break in El Salvador giving care to those in need. Stay tuned for […]

— Courtney Tompkins

PA – not just a nickname for your dad

What’s a physician assistant? It’s not a physician‘s assistant. A physician assistant (or PA) is a licensed medical professional that can give care in medical offices, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and more. They can take medical histories, perform exams, give immunizations, do simple suturing and cast uncomplicated fractures or perform minor surgeries. They can order […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Fitting in

I define the years between first and fifth grade (and sometimes ’til eighth) as a kid’s “awkward years.” These are the years when every cute five-year-old suddenly transforms into a weird-looking or flat out ugly preteen. It’s primetime for buckteeth, acne, bad haircuts and poor wardrobe choices. I accentuated my awkwardness by crimping my hair […]

— Kendall Conder

Good stuff to read!

Good golly, Ms. Molly, I’m surrounded by smart people!!! (not to worry, this does not come as a shock to me but rather I am reminded on a daily basis of how amazingly talented the faculty and staff are at DMU.) Here’s a few recent pieces that feature some of the smartypants folk ’round here. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Mastering medical sciences, fighting stress

Guest blog by Jolene Kelly, PA-C, PA Program director Graduate school is a whole new ball game and learning about the intricacies of the human body takes a lot of dedication and work. Combine the two for a graduate degree in health or medicine and you’re looking at some stress. I’ve often heard students express […]

— Andrea Cooley

Alumni in the military

Written by Barb Boose, guest blogger & editor of ‘DMU Magazine’ As we reflect on the year that’s ending and the new one ahead, it’s a good time to remember the men and women serving our country here and abroad. Many Des Moines University alumni have served or are serving in the military, including Walter […]

— Seth Stevenson

Career outlook

Good news, P.T., P.A. & M.H.A. students or prospective students! U.S. News & World Report picked health policy specialist, physician assistant and physical therapist to be included in their ’30 best careers for 2009′ list.

— Courtney Tompkins

PA students in the holiday spirit

Huge pat on the back to DMU PA students who took time out of studying to volunteer in the spirit of Christmas cheer! On Dec. 7 a group of students visited nursing homes to cheer up residents. The following weekend a group rang the bell and sung Christmas carols around the Salvation Army collection kettle. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

PT deadline looming – apply now!

The deadline for our Doctor of Physical Therapy program is less than one month away! Individuals who want to apply for the class beginning August 2009 must e-submit their application through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) by 10:50 p.m. (central time) on Thursday, January 15, 2009. PTCAS can be accessed by visiting www.ptcas.org. […]

— Gina Smith

Mourning a great teacher

I do not know much about Roxane Joens-Matre, but with few encounters, it was apparent she enjoyed teaching, which made me enjoy my online class in Social and Behavioral Science with her. She made the time to help many of us on our final project; she organized conference calls to help us sort out our […]

— Tea Nguyen

Don’t miss deadline to apply for PA program!

If you’re still working on your application for our Physician Assistant program, the time has come to finish it up and get it submitted. The deadline for applications is December 1 – right around the corner! If you have any questions about our great PA program be sure to let me know!  

— Gina Smith

Feet?

I’m in my second year of my podiatric education and have found new appreciation for the profession. If you’re not a podiatrist or a podiatry student, you may be thinking, why did I choose the feet? Well this is a mini-story on my initial reaction about podiatry and where it has taken me up to […]

— Tea Nguyen

Mourning the loss of a great doctor

We received some very sad news at DMU this week. 1990 graduate Dr. Stephen DeVore, D.O., passed away due to heart problems Tuesday.  Dr. DeVore practiced in the metro up until a few years ago. Known as a great doctor, he took it a few steps farther and many will remember him for his passion […]

— Courtney Tompkins

PA’s go global

Starting in the 2009-10 school year, second-year PA students will have the opportunity to complete two weeks of clinical rotations outside the United States. Rotation sites have been set up in the Caribbean on the island of St. Lucia, as well as in the West African nation of Mali. The St. Lucia site will take […]

— Gina Smith

Des Moines Marathon

The Des Moines Marathon was Sunday and DMU was everywhere!  There were more than 7,000 runners and walkers for this Boston Marathon qualifier, and the weather couldn’t have been better!  While I don’t think I’ll ever run in a marathon (I get sore from playing Wii Tennis), I have cheered on runners before and the […]

— Seth Stevenson

Celebrate national PA week!

It’s National PA Week!  Here are some ideas if you are looking for ways to celebrate!  Apply to the DMU PA Program! Watch a video of a current DMU PA student Find out how many PAs are in practice across America Send your favorite PA a greeting card! Enjoy your week!

— Gina Smith

What is my role in public health?

If you have a baby in Iowa, get ready for a crash course in public health awareness! In the past few months I’ve completed quite a few surveys for the Iowa Department of Public Health regarding the birth of my son.  I’ve answered numerous questions about my prenatal care, my ability to provide a car seat […]

— Gina Smith

Remembering

Today, 9-11, is a somber date for our country. Today marks the seventh year since the terrifying tragedies in Washington, D.C., and Manhattan. As we reflect on where we were when we heard, how things have changed since that day and how many lives have been lost or changed, DMU remembers one of our own […]

— Courtney Tompkins

High demand for PAs

A new report from careerbuilder, just out today, lists a few growing career fields. Luckily for our students, the demand for physician assistants is expected to increase by 27% by the year 2016! By then, eight years from now, there are expected to be 83,000 PAs.

— Courtney Tompkins