College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery News and Updates

Foot & Ankle symposium

In one month – one day, DMU will begin hosting the Foot & Ankle Symposium again. This is SUCH a great event for our students and grads. The course directors are grads as are many of the Symposium speakers — it’s a great time to see classmates and colleagues, learn about new treatments and network. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Great pass rates!

In 2010, Des Moines University’s podiatric medicine graduates had a 96 percent pass rate on the American Board of Podiatric Surgery board certification exam.The national average was 73 percent. Between 2003 and 2009, the average national pass rate was 80.3 percent. For DMU graduates it was 90.3 percent. “This is a test administered after completion […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Fourth-year in DMU’s CPMS

Every podiatry school has a unique curriculum regarding rotations during fourth-year. For DMU students, it’s fairly straightforward but is ever-changing year to year. Here’s how it went for the class of 2011. In the middle of your third-year, you select where you want to spend your rotations and you need to fill 11 months, leaving […]

— Tea Nguyen

When are you a doc?

My best friend just told me he thought I was in residency…I wish! But that was my own fault for not clarifying what the path to podiatry really is. He’s in a different field and I forget how confusing medicine can really be for others, even my closest friends. Here’s a quick break down of […]

— Tea Nguyen

Return from Africa…

Summing up an experience of a lifetime isn’t my strong suite. Yet, I’ve been asked to write a little about the medical mission I was a part of this past month and so here is my attempt to do just that. In December of 2009 I learned I had been one of the students selected […]

— Daley Dodd

Feeding the students!

On March 9, 6 p.m., DMU’s Significant Others Support (SOS) organization will host “Feed the Students.” While SOS performs many volunteer activities in the community, this one focuses on supporting those closest to us, the students! This event consists of SOS members cooking a large quantity of food offsite and providing it, with all the […]

— Michael Drnec

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a great match!

The D.O. matches (how a student knows which residency program they’ll be going into) were out on valentine’s day and my husband got the wonderful news that he matched at his #1 choice program for general surgery. I am so excited for him! Of course, part of it was his grades, another part was his […]

— Tea Nguyen

Moving to Des Moines

There are so many things to consider when picking your next place to live. Here’s a nice blog on things to consider about your potential new neighborhood! I know students for the incoming classes are already asking current students for recommendations on where to live. What other info should we share with these new-to-Des Moines […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Won’t you be ours?

Happy valentine’s day, lovely readers! On this day of warm fuzzies and mushiness, let us be clear in how much we appreciate you all. Whether you are a student, staff member, grad, patient or friend of the University, we are thankful to have you in the DMU family! Now remember to spend some time with […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Podiatry residency interviews

If you’re seeking for advice on how to prepare yourself to be the best interviewee ever, I’m the wrong gal. But I did want to share my experience of the incredibly stressful day I experienced recently. I don’t recall having felt so anxious on any other day of my entire existence! I already knew I […]

— Tea Nguyen

When you’re stressed, you…

Do what? How do you react? Do you eat (healthy comfort food ideas for my fellow emotional eaters)? Listen to music, stop what you’re doing and tune out for awhile? Work out? Here’s a list of 25 stress-relievers. Share your tips!

— Courtney Tompkins

Where’s my pasta sauce?

I always have leftover cooked pasta in the fridge and my favorite quick food is pasta with tomato sauce. Except that today, I didn’t have the prepared jar of spaghetti sauce to satisfy my cravings! I was in dire need of a carb loading session since I am just days away from my residency interview […]

— Tea Nguyen