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Rocking rotations

I’ll admit, working at DMU and seeing our students and high-tech facilities on a daily basis may make us a little biased about how amazing they are, but here is more proof that it’s true. Kate Robbens, a third-year D.O. student shares her thoughts about how the first two years of the doctor of osteopathic […]

— Andrea Cooley

Anatomy word of the month: carotid

Feel that pulse in the side of your neck, the one the paramedics on TV shows reach for to check if someone’s heart has stopped? The carotid arteries are the major blood supply to the head. Specifically, branches called internal carotids, one on each side of your neck, are the major blood supply to the […]

— Bill Dyche

Grad school interview tips

It’s interview season at DMU and colleges across the country. Most days you will find young people walking around campus in suits looking nervous and/or excited. Before your grad school interview, here are some tips from our admission office for a successful interview: Before the interview: Practice makes perfect! Have your advisors or professors (or even […]

— Katie Pearce

New partnership with IA Dept. for Blind

Our third- and fourth-year osteopathic medical students do rotations through various medical specialties for hands-on learning. A new partnership between DMU and the Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) will also allow our students two week rotations within IDB learning what it’s like to be blind. Our students will sit in classes alongside folks losing […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Free health screenings at DMU for seniors Nov. 6

Adults 50 and older are invited to Des Moines University’s Senior Health Fair for free health screenings on November 6, 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 a demonstration of osteopathic […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Summer research

Our students work both in and out of the classroom to become the best doctors they can be. Kyra Hammonds, a second-year doctor of podiatric medicine student, shares her experience doing research at Des Moines University: The DMU Summer Research Program is an excellent opportunity for students to explore their talents in the research world. […]

— Andrea Cooley

Pink ribbon, great reminder or distractor?

It’s October, breast cancer month, and everything is pink. Is that a good or bad thing? Do pink shoes and pink mixers increase screenings & further research or does it just raise awareness? What kind of awareness really aids the fight against cancer? Some of these questions are raised in a recent New York Times […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU narrows field to three finalists for university president

Des Moines, IA – Three finalists for Des Moines University president were announced to employees and students October 11. A search committee has been working to fill the role since the retirement of Governor Terry Branstad in October 2009. The committee announced the following candidates: Stephen Dengle, M.B.A., current interim president and COO of Des […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Global Health conference

On October 13, our global health department and the Heartland Global Health Consortium are again hosting an awesome conference. This year’s topic, “the influence of agriculture on global health,” ties really nicely to the World Food Prize conference going on at the same time in Des Moines. Some of the speakers and attendees will be […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Public invited to conference at DMU on global health, agriculture

In conjunction with the esteemed World Food Prize Festival in October, Des Moines University (DMU) will host “The Influence of Agriculture on Global Health” on October 13. Speakers include: •    Paul Schickler, president of Pioneer Hi-Bred International •    Dr. Robert Mazur with the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods •    Henry Musoke with Volunteer Efforts for […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Free film viewing to share stories of malnutrition

(Des Moines, IA) – Locally parents worry about childhood obesity. In other countries parents worry about getting enough food to feed their families. The film “Starved for Attention,” exposes the neglected atrocities of childhood malnutrition around the world. The public is invited to see this rare showing of “Starved For Attention” October 8, 5:30 p.m., […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Anatomy word of the month: tragus

The small flap of skin covered cartilage at the front of your ear canal is named “goat” in Greek! Tragi is the term for hair that grows in the outer ear canal, especially in older men. So, tragus is a fanciful reference to the chin whiskers of a he-goat. Goatee, a narrow pointed beard, is […]

— Bill Dyche

Important guest

On Wednesday, Sept. 29 (which is probably today for most readers), DMU has a special guest presenting at noon in the Student Education Center auditorium. Vice Admiral Adam M. Robinson, Jr., M.D., will be speaking about the Navy’s humanitarian aid ships, U.S. Comfort & U.S. Mercy. I’m not in the military and don’t know that […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Like a great monster panting for breath…

Dr. William Child, a surgeon in the civil war, once wrote that “After a great battle, the whole Army is like a great monster panting for breath.” The same could be said for a class of medical students after a difficult exam. Indeed, I like to think that Dr. Child drew from his own experience […]

— Nathan McConkey

On the road with DMU

At DMU, fall means cooler temperatures, football games and travel! Our enrollment staff is hitting the road over the next couple months visiting graduate and professional school fairs and college campuses across the country. If you think a career in health sciences might by in your future, we hope you come see us! Stop by, […]

— Andrea Cooley

Job fair at DMU welcomes health professionals, students

Health care workers and students are invited to attend a job fair on September 21, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Des Moines University Medical Education Center at 3200 Grand Ave. The entire event was coordinated by students in the Des Moines University (DMU) physical therapy class of 2012. Thirty to forty exhibitors […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Anatomy word of the month: eustachian tube

Most anatomical terms are descriptive in Latin or Greek. However, “Eustachian” doesn’t mean anything. It is a term called an eponym. Traditionally, in anatomy the person who first discovered or described an anatomical structure was honored by having that structure named after them. Bartolommeo Eustachi (Eustachius), a sixteenth century Italian anatomist, described the tube that […]

— Bill Dyche

Victory and a look ahead

We’ve finally done it. We survived high school, we made it through college intact and endured one of the most rigorous academic selection processes in history. But now, all of that’s behind us. Now, we get to enjoy our reward – four years of mind-ripping semesters packed with 26 credits each, a rapid immersion into […]

— Nathan McConkey