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Anatomy word of the month: jugular

This is the major vein in the neck draining blood most importantly from inside the skull. The Latin jugulummeant “the throat, yoke or collar”. The ancient Greeks referred to this structure as the “sacrificial vein”, likely a reference to cutting the throat of animals sacrificed to their gods.

— Bill Dyche

Discover DMU!

Have you ever gone on a campus tour and felt like you didn’t really get to see the heart and guts of the school? We don’t want that to happen at DMU. We also don’t want you to visit and leave without every question answered. So if you’re thinking you want to enter the health […]

— Gina Smith

Anatomy word of the month: hiatus

The Latin word for “an opening, a gaping mouth”.  The diaphragm, the muscular partition that divides the chest from the abdomen, has three openings.  The aorta, esophagus and inferior vena cava each pass through a hiatus in the diaphragm.  You likely have seen this word before when your favorite TV show took a break for […]

— Bill Dyche

Catch some tunes Saturday

D.O. student Amy Hynek is not only insanely smart and ready to graduate in May but she’s also musically talented and plays in a family band with her sister, brother & dad, in between classes and rotations! Pumptown is a folk/country/rock band that has performed all over Iowa and will do a show here in […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Anatomy word of the month: achilles tendon

The Achilles tendon attaches major calf muscles, the gastrocnemius and soleus, to the calcaneous (heel bone). Achilles was a famous Greek warrior whose mother was one of the immortals, but he was not. His mother sought to protect her son by dipping him in the River Styx, which was believed to have magical powers. She […]

— Bill Dyche

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

Inspirational grad!

Martin Diamond, D.O.’62,  is an example of one of our amazing alums. Dr. Diamond’s passion for serving the underserved stems from his own experiences growing up as one of the few white Jewish kids in his mostly African-American neighborhood. He continued as an ardent champion of opportunity for the oppressed and persecuted, in the Army, […]

— Andrea Cooley

Anatomy word of the month: torcular herophili

There are two major categories of anatomical terms: those that are simply descriptive as to shape, size, color, function and eponyms, the practice of honoring those who discover or first describe a structure by applying their name to it (e.g. pancreatic duct vs. duct of Wirsung). The problem with eponyms is that they do not […]

— Bill Dyche

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

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

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

Anatomy word of the month: the testis

The testis is the male generative organ, producing sperm cells and the male sex hormone, testosterone. Testis is a Latin word for “witness”, as in witnessing to one’s manhood. Did you know that the words testify, testimonial and testament share a common meaning with testis? So, when you testify you are witnessing to the truth. […]

— Bill Dyche

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

Hear a U.S. Olympic Committee sports psychologist

DMU student organizations frequently bring experts and opinion leaders to campus, sometimes “virtually.” On October 2, 12 – 1 p.m., the Sports Medicine Club and the Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine Club will co-sponsor a video presentation by Kirsten Peterson, Ph.D., a sport psychologist with the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs. Peterson served on […]

— Barb Boose

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

Anatomy word of the month: hippocampus

The “sea horse” is a structure buried deep within each hemisphere of the brain. This term is more descriptive of the imagination of anatomists rather than its function. In a cross section of the cerebral hemisphere the hippocampus looks something like its namesake. The hippocampus is important in short-term memory formation. Patients who have damage […]

— Bill Dyche

Did someone say FREE?

Anyone else out there that loves free educational materials? Well do I have the website for you! This website has bunches and bunches of free medical books available to the public and even some anatomy dissecting guides to help compliment your learning experiences as a medical student. Take a whirl and let me know what […]

— Tea Nguyen