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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

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

Anatomy word of the month: pes anserinus

Did you know you had a “goose foot” on the inner side of your knees? Those imaginative, ancient anatomists envisioned that the three muscles that come together on the medial surface of the knee looked like the three-toed foot of a goose. Each of the three muscles, in turn, has interesting meanings. Semitendinosus is quite […]

— Bill Dyche

Friday Recipe: Eggplant Parmesan

Vegetarian dishes don’t have to be flavorless or full of mysterious veggies with weird textures (I still can’t make myself eat tofu). This eggplant parmesan is simple (only 4 main ingredients) and delicious. If you’ve never tried eggplant or don’t think you like it, think again. With the tomatoes, garlic, and cheese you can’t even […]

— Andrea Cooley

Medical school grading system?

I found this interesting article (requires free registration) about one medical school that changed their grading system to pass/fail and the results are encouraging. Take a look at how students rate their psychological health, their satisfaction with the quality of their medical education and their personal life. So do you think DMU should also adopt […]

— Tea Nguyen

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

Anatomy word of the month: philtrum

Why would that dimple under your nose be called a “love potion”? In ancient times when people did not bath regularly, ladies placed a drop of perfume between the two raised ridges of their upper lip. It was intended to disguise both their own smell and that of their lovers. These two ridges on either […]

— Bill Dyche

What is OMM?

  Dr. Klock doing OMM OMM – if you’ve been looking into medical schools, you surely have heard of this but may still wonder what exactly it IS. And if you’re reading this as a member of the public, you may have wondered whether it’s a treatment that’d work for you. So, OMM (also called […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Fun run info

I’ve received a few questions this week regarding running resources in Des Moines, so I did a bit of research on the topic. First I thought I’d start by sharing a few of my favorite places to run: To the fridge during commercials, to the mailbox on my birthday and to the ice cream truck […]

— Gina Smith