College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery News and Updates

This week’s rotation: internal medicine

As a third-year podiatry student at DMU, we get the opportunity to observe an internal medicine doctor for a week. At first, I didn’t know what was to come and so felt indifferent until I met the doctor I was shadowing. Day one was the hardest for me to adjust to. Since the hospital I […]

— Tea Nguyen

Foot & ankle specialists: podiatrist vs. podiatrician?

If you’re looking for a physician to treat problems of the foot and ankle, such as a recurring corn/callus, hammertoe/bunion deformity, ankle instability/sprains, flat feet/heel pain, foot ulcers, ingrown toenails or any other foot problems, you must be looking for a podiatrist. I have only heard the term “podiatrician” used once and I believe it […]

— Tea Nguyen

That’s my classmate!

Adam Lang, a third-year CPMS student, wrote this article on diabetes! So if you see him around campus, give him a high-five for representing our profession and our college. You can also find more podiatric articles at this website so surf around at your leisure and learn about the profession. (Picture: And yes, he loves […]

— Tea Nguyen

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

Be careful and protect your feet!

Believe it or not, just 5 minutes of walking in this freezing weather can be exceptionally dangerous for your feet if they are not well protected. Did you know that people who have itchy, burning, painful feet may actually not have oft-heard-of athlete’s foot but actually something called chilblains? After being in the cold for […]

— Tea Nguyen

Get welts to help wee ones!

DMU has teamed up with Variety-The Children’s Charity to host a new annual event: Dodgeball Derby @ DMU. If you’ve ever played dodgeball or seen the movie “Dodgeball,” you know this event will be fun. And when you consider that costumes and themed-teams are encouraged, you can imagine the riot this will be. Variety is […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Fourth-year rotations… check!

Well, for me anyway. I’ve always enjoyed going wherever the wind blows and making the most of new experiences. But the month of October was really tense when my applications were sent to various programs and the only thing I could do from then on is wait idly by my email waiting for a response. […]

— Tea Nguyen

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

New endowed scholarship for CPMS students

Bradley Bakotic, D.O., D.P.M., and Bako Pathology recently presented the DMU College of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery with a generous gift. The gift begins an endowed scholarship for third- and fourth-year D.P.M. students who have shown excellence in pathology.

— Courtney Tompkins

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

Frantic…YES I AM!

Today is a special day for all of us third-year podiatry students. It is the day our clerkship applications open up and letters are being sent out to request a month for a clerkship of our choice. However, it’s not always our choice because many programs take only a few students so we worry about […]

— Tea Nguyen

Reorganizing academic priorities

It’s so easy to blow off an entire day after an exam… only to regret that I wished I had more time to study other things. Currently, my academic priorities include podiatric medicine, podiatric research and public health. What I know for certain is that my podiatric career comes before the other two. Sometimes I […]

— Tea Nguyen

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

New way to apply for podiatric program!

The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS) updated their application process this year and we’re excited about the changes. If you want to get into podiatric medicine, fill out the application, have your transcripts sent to the AACPMAS, and choose the podiatry schools where you’d like your app to be sent.  […]

— Gina Smith

APMA scholarships

Each year, the APMA Educational Foundation provides several D.P.M. students with a $1,000 scholarship based on their academic achievements, service to their college and community, and financial need, made possible by the generosity and donations of the listed corporations and individuals. CPMS congratulates the following students on the awards: Kyle Abben                        Podiatry Insurance Company of […]

— Courtney Tompkins

CPMS again get great pass rate!

The first-time pass rate for the CPMS class of 2011 on part I of the National Board Exam was 98.3 percent. The national first-time pass rate, including CPMS was 85 percent. CPMS students exceeded the national first-time pass rate for all six sections of the exam (biochemistry, anatomy, lower extremity anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and microbiology) […]

— Courtney Tompkins

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