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Applying to D.O. school

Applications are available for the doctor of osteopathic medicine class of 2015. If you are going to be a college senior in the fall or have already graduated, now is the time to apply! DMU has a rolling admissions cycle, so the earlier you get your application in, the better chance you have at getting […]

— Andrea Cooley

D.O. Day on Capitol Hill

Students took a break from studying last week to participate in D.O. Day on Capitol Hill. The event is sponsored by the American Osteopathic Association and the Student Osteopathic Medical Association. Every year, students from across the country gather in Washington, D.C., to talk about issues that affect medical students and practicing physicians and meet […]

— Andrea Cooley

Free assessments, treatments @ OMM Community Night May 13

The public is invited to experience first-hand the benefits of osteopathic medicine at Des Moines University’s OMM Community Night on May 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. In the Student Education Center, 3300 Grand Avenue, D.O. students will provide free full-body structural and muscular assessments and, if necessary, manual treatments, part of osteopathic manual medicine […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Anatomy word of the month: decussation

“To make an X” (Latin). A decussation is an intersection of pathways in the form of an X. Most nerve pathways between our brain and spinal cord cross over at some point.This accounts for why each side of our brain (two cerebral hemispheres) has control over the opposite side of our body. In anatomical language […]

— Bill Dyche

Annual DMU memorial service May 21 for body donors free, open to public

(Des Moines, IA) – On Friday, May 21, Des Moines University (DMU) will honor 65 Iowans who donated their bodies to further medical education. The family of each donor, the DMU community and the public is invited to remember and recognize each generous gift. The non-denominational service will begin at 1 p.m. in the Student […]

— Courtney Tompkins

What is a D.O.?

Happy Osteopathic Medicine Week! Did you know there are two types of doctors in the United States? A doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) and a medical doctor (M.D.). Most people don’t know if their primary care physician is a D.O. or an M.D. Both doctors can prescribe medicine, perform surgery and treat patients, but there […]

— Andrea Cooley

The Bodies exhibit!

The human body is a beautiful, amazing thing! I’m always interested to learn more about how it works and what it really all  looks like under the skin. For that reason I’m excited to hear the “BODIES” exhibition is coming to Omaha, which isn’t that far away. It’s an exhibit of real human bodies preserved […]

— Courtney Tompkins

How health reform affects you

The health reform act signed by President Obama on March 30 is a hot topic whether you’re a clinician, a student or a patient. If you are wondering what it means for you, we found some documents that do a good job of summarizing the facts. The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) […]

— Andrea Cooley

It’s a match!

Med students work for 4 years in anticipation of the day they find out where they will spend their residency. Our Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine students recently received their residency matches. D.O. students can match in either D.O. and M.D. residency programs.  Our students are highly recruited and every year […]

— Andrea Cooley

DMU supports World Triathlon with global health outreach

Nearly 830 women die in Nepal for every 100,000 live births. This is the 16th worst maternal mortality rate in the world. So when Dr. Yogesh Shah, associate dean of global affairs for Des Moines University, met Charlie Wittmack, a world class adventurer, speaker, educator, attorney and family man planning a first-of-its-kind intercontinental triathlon that […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Anatomy word of the month: spleen

The name is a direct borrowing from the Greek word splen.  The spleen is located in the upper left quadrant of the abdomen behind the stomach. Despite its location, it has nothing to do with digestion, but works in regulating blood components, particularly, culling out aging red blood cells.  At one time this organ was thought […]

— Bill Dyche

Happy doctors’ day!!

HAPPY DOCTORS’ DAY to our graduates, our faculty and our doctors-to-be! Happy doctors’ day to all those working in the DMU Clinic — we have docs in occupational health, physical therapy, family medicine, ophthalmology, podiatric medicine, physical medicine and rehab, osteopathic manual medicine & radiology. I can think of very few professions as altruistic as […]

— Courtney Tompkins

There’s an app for that!

Technology has become an essential part of many of our lives and medical students are no exception. DMU osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine and physician assistant students receive iPod Touches which are especially useful while they are on rotations. Jonathan Thompson, D.P.M.’12 shares five of his favorite medical apps: ePocrates Price: Free Info: A must-have in […]

— Andrea Cooley

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