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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

Friday Recipe: Turkey Tenderloin

Fire up the grill this weekend and enjoy some grilled turkey tenderloins. The best part about this recipe is it’s super simple. Make the marinade the night before and let the turkey soak up all the good flavors. All you have to do is through it on the grill and enjoy! Marinade Juice of 2 […]

— Andrea Cooley

DMU is Living United

Des Moines University is serious about community service. We do SO many projects every year it’s hard to keep track of them. So when United Way of Central Iowa had a contest for videos describing how an organization “Lives United,” I knew we had to enter. Here’s our video:   What do you think?? United […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Call for entries!

This is the last month you can submit work for the third edition of Abaton – get movin’! Abaton is a literary journal produced at DMU, made up entirely of submitted art and literary pieces.To actually browse the pages of the last edition and see its awesome-ness, click here.

— Courtney Tompkins

Week one…

This week marks the start of a journey for 50 new DMU students in the Physician Assistant program. After three days of orientation, the PA class of 2011 will begin their coursework today. For many it has been a long road getting to graduate school, and for those 50 students who begin this week, it […]

— Joshua Kvinlaug

Congrats, grads!!!

Today 430 special people graduate from Des Moines University. The faculty, staff, current students & past grads congratulate them. We know you’ll do great things!!  Go forth & heal! P.S. We want to hear about your great things, so make sure you become a fan of DMU on Facebook, sign up for the alumni newsletter, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

The BEST WEEK EVER

I decided this past week, May 2 through May 9, was going to be my BEST WEEK EVER.* How did I come to this conclusion? I was (self) diagnosed with Toomuchstudyitis, was getting kind of restless, and needed an excuse to celebrate. I thought, “Why not celebrate an entire week for no real reason at […]

— Kendall Conder

Graduation day is nearly here!!

ELEVEN days until graduation! I know some of our students are probably mentally doing the countdown!! Year after year, our grads make me proud to work here. I know the 430 graduates this year will be awe-inspiring, just like those who have gone before them. This year is the first to have graduates in the […]

— 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

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

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

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

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

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

100% pass-rate for PA Class of 2007

We are very pleased to report that all 36 Physician Assistant students from the Class of 2007 have now taken their national certifying examination and all 36 of them passed on their first attempt! A 100% first-time pass rate is phenomenal–something we’ve only accomplished a few times since the program’s first graduates in 1983. For […]

— Seth Stevenson