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Fighting the good fight

Beginning today through June 18, the DMU Library will host an exhibition of the U.S. National Library of Medicine titled “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine.” Part of our library’s commemoration of the Civil War’s sesquicentennial, the exhibition looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses during […]

— Barb Boose

Under your skin

Ever wonder what your body looks like with no skin? Well, you’re in luck because the Science Center of Iowa is hosting the lauded BODY WORLDS Vital traveling exhibit starting this Saturday, May 7. Real donated human bodies are preserved through plastination and will be on display for guests to get a glimpse at what […]

— Nicole Branstad

Anatomy word of the month: pylorus

The “gatekeeper” in Greek. This ring of muscle tissue surrounds the juncture between the stomach and the first part of the small intestine, the duodenum. It functions as a gatekeeper by preventing food from exiting the stomach until it has reached a thick, soup-like consistency. Stomach contents called chyme, “juice” in Greek, then is squirted […]

— Bill Dyche

Health care fix: “smoke the whole pack”

Finally, just a few days ago, I at last managed to complete the last class for my master’s of public health degree here at DMU. This explains why I haven’t posted in a while – it’s been tough working on two professional degrees at once. I figured that I ought to make it up to […]

— Nathan McConkey

SOS to feed students Saturday

Significant Others Support (SOS), the organization for spouses and significant others of students attending Des Moines University, is hosting its last Feed the Students event for the year this Saturday, April 23, at 9 a.m. in the SEC Commons for second-year medical students who are participating in the Kaplan study course. SOS will offer baked […]

— Michael Drnec

Celebrate National Osteopathic Medicine Week

Sunday, April 17, marked the beginning of National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week! Through April 23, members of the osteopathic medical profession come together to focus on one common goal—increasing awareness of osteopathic medicine and D.O.s in communities across the country. The American Osteopathic Association suggests these three ways you can contribute to NOM Week: Take […]

— Barb Boose

Day on the hill

Tomorrow some of our students will be providing blood pressure and BMI screenings at the state capitol, 1-4:30 p.m. They’ll be in the Rotunda on level one. At 1 p.m. they’ll get to chat with Gov. Branstad. The visit coincides with this week’s “D.O. Day on Capitol Hill,” a national movement to educate policymakers about […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Anatomy word of the month: cadaver

“To fall”, “to perish” in Latin. Many terms are used for a dead body some more irreverent than others: the decedent, a corpse, a stiff, a cadaver. But only the last word is exclusively used for a body that has been preserved for dissection. Although atlases, highly realistic models, and computer simulations have supplemented even […]

— Bill Dyche

A benefit for the Red Cross in Japan

Yoshihiro Ozaki is a second-year osteopathic medicine student. He is a delightful student from Japan. I’ve been lucky enough to meet him and hear him play with the DMU chamber orchestra. He sent the following message around to a few folks on campus and I’d like to share it with you: As you know, Japan […]

— Courtney Tompkins