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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

Call for entries!

This is the last month you can submit work for the third edition of Abaton – get movin’! Abaton is a literary journal produced at DMU, made up entirely of submitted art and literary pieces.To actually browse the pages of the last edition and see its awesome-ness, click here.

— Courtney Tompkins

Anatomy word of the month: fornix

Deep within each cerebral hemisphere is an arch of nerve fibers that is aptly named the fornix which means an arch, a vaulted ceiling, a brothel. A brothel? Although the fornix is a part of the brain, the limbic system, dealing with strong emotions such as rage, fear and sexual arousal, the anatomical term is […]

— Bill Dyche

Anatomy program @ DMU

Whether you want to teach anatomy, be a physician or just understand the human body better, DMU’s Master of Science in Anatomy program may be perfect for you. You can take it in addition to your D.O. or D.P.M. or on its own. Read about the first non-dual degree anatomy grad, Jenna. She is a very […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Congrats, grads!!!

Today 430 special people graduate from Des Moines University. The faculty, staff, current students & past grads congratulate them. We know you’ll do great things!!  Go forth & heal! P.S. We want to hear about your great things, so make sure you become a fan of DMU on Facebook, sign up for the alumni newsletter, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

A field trip to DMU

 by Rishi Shah* (11yrs, Downtown School, Des Moines, Iowa) Did you ever have an opportunity to go see a real heart? Well, I have when we visited Des Moines University (DMU) in 3rd grade. We were greeted by Dr. Matz, who showed us around campus.

— Seth Stevenson

The BEST WEEK EVER

I decided this past week, May 2 through May 9, was going to be my BEST WEEK EVER.* How did I come to this conclusion? I was (self) diagnosed with Toomuchstudyitis, was getting kind of restless, and needed an excuse to celebrate. I thought, “Why not celebrate an entire week for no real reason at […]

— Kendall Conder

Annual memorial service

Before we send students out to treat patients, we prepare them every which way we can. One of the first things they do as a student is take anatomy. The learn every muscle, bone, vein and organ first-hand. They know the ankle bone connects to the foot bone because they’ve seen it with their own […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Graduation day is nearly here!!

ELEVEN days until graduation! I know some of our students are probably mentally doing the countdown!! Year after year, our grads make me proud to work here. I know the 430 graduates this year will be awe-inspiring, just like those who have gone before them. This year is the first to have graduates in the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Student’s abstract takes him to ACP

DMU student Jason Sebesto turned a summer research project into a full-blown clinical research project that put him at the podium during the American College of Physicians annual internal medicine meeting in Philadelphia in April. A second-year D.O. student who’s also pursuing a M.S. in anatomy, Sebesto was among the 10 students who won ACP’s […]

— Barb Boose

Anatomy word of the month: mastoid

Would you believe that the name for the little bony prominence behind your ear means “like a breast” referring to its shape? The name was more familiar to the public before the advent of antibiotics as mastoiditis. Inflammation in this area can erode through the bone into the cranium and become meningitis (inflammation of the […]

— Bill Dyche