I scream for ice cream!

I love ice cream, I love getting a deal and I love helping others. Put all three together and I’m a BIG FAN. If you are too, check out Baskin-Robbins on Wednesday, April 28! Between 5 & 10 p.m., you can get a scoop of ANY flavor for 31 CENTS! Yep, for real!! Get 3 […]

— 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

DO something!!

I know our students & staff already work hard and give back to the community all the time. BUT I found this cool website called www.DOsomething.org that can connect you to projects in your local area. It might come in handy when you’re in a new town for rotation or residency and want to volunteer.

— Courtney Tompkins

A spot of cuteness for your day!

As you might know, DMU is not far away from Drake University (& even have a joint dual degree program!) and Drake hosts the relays every year. To kick off relays & celebrate their bulldog mascot, they hold an annual “Beautiful bulldog contest” and we enjoyed it Monday. Here’s a few cute photos I shot […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Help our local shelters!

Saturday has been designated “Shelter Awareness Day” by Iowa’s first lady. This day is designed to remind us all of the constant help needed by our shelters that do so much good. You can sign up to volunteer to help in various ways at VolunteerIowa.com.

— Courtney Tompkins

Best place for business & careers!

Moving up six places to #1, Des Moines is Forbes’ top pick for business & careers! We were chosen for our strong economic outlook, quality of life, commute time, cost of living, education levels, parks and trails, job and income growth and business costs. No surprise to those of us that live here but it’s […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Thursday: earth day!!

Thursday is earth day so get outside, clean it up, plant something good & enjoy it! Here’s some earthy events: Valley Junction is hosting a full day of activities tomorrow, Sunday! On Thursday, there’s the YPC Trash Bash, beginning at 3 p.m. at Simon Estes Amphitheater. The DSM Botanical Center is offering free admission on […]

— Seth Stevenson

Craft Saturday!

This Saturday, April 17,  noon – 6 p.m., is Craft Saturday!! It’s a really cool indie art & craft fair. Check it out at the Fourth St. Theatre (216 4th St)  next to Java Joe’s in the Court Avenue District. It’s FREE to attend and a good way to support local artists!

— Courtney Tompkins

Your old couch could help someone start a new life

Often when victims of domestic violence flee for safety they have nothing but what they’re currently wearing. The FreeStore is designed to help them start fresh by providing what’s needed to setup a new home. As you’re spring cleaning out your garage or getting ready to move for rotations or residency, think of what you […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Happy public health week!

Watch this video for 2010 National Public Health Week and consider how you can help. A recent survey, commissioned by the American Public Health Association, shows an effort toward improving community health. Results show 64 percent of Americans have already made healthy changes to their lifestyle while 21 percent are thinking about making healthy changes. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Time to put your soles to good use!

‘Tis the season to walk, race or run for good causes. Here’s a few coming up… On April 10 you can walk or run to raise money for and awareness about AIDS with The Project’s annual run at DMU. Kickoff is at 10. On April 10, beginning at 8 a.m. you can walk the skywalks […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Ugandan students rotating in Des Moines

Two medical students from the University of Makerere in Uganda, Julliet Allen and Gilbert Elijah, will be in Des Moines for an 8-week rotation.  They will arrive on March 20 for a four-week rotation in the DMU Clinic and four-weeks at Mercy Medical Center and will head home on May 14.  Please welcome Julliet and […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Happy St. Patrick’s day!

Surely you’re wearing green or have been pinched by now! St. Patrick’s day has become a fun tradition for the Irish and wannabe-Irish all over. Did you know it actually started as a religious holiday? If you’re interested, check out

— Courtney Tompkins

Will you paint the town green?

Some people always party for St. Patrick’s day. Some people ignore it. Even though I have the Irish blood (in case my red hair & freckles didn’t tip you off..) I don’t generally do much for it. Our family tradition is a bit random but fun – my mom always makes chocolate cake for breakfast […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Funny Bone

If you like standup comedy, and don’t mind a little adult humor, check out The Funny Bone in West Des Moines. I was just there on Saturday evening with some friends and I had a good time just hanging out and getting my funny bone tickled all night long. If you sign up for their […]

— Tea Nguyen

It’s countdown time!

Less than 2 months away….May 1. It’s the Saturday we wait all winter for.It’s the first downtown farmers’ market!!! From 7 a.m. until noon each Saturday until the snow flies again, we’ll all wander around eating delectable goodies & loading our bags with produce, flowers & crafts. What fresh Iowa fruit or veggie are you […]

— Courtney Tompkins


If your kids like Spiderman, Princess Leia, Veggie Tales or Diego, you should know… Today (March 5) through Sunday at 4 p.m. is KIDSFEST! in the Iowa State Fairgrounds Varied Industries Building. There’s snacks, entertainment, crafts, competitions, scavenger hunt and more! What fun! It’s a fun way to let kids run around & blow off […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Gluten-free? Peanut-free?

If you have food allergies, traveling to a new city, like say to Des Moines for a school interview, may be daunting. How do you scope out a safe place to eat? I saw a cool new site recently started, called allergyeats.com, but it still needs info for our area. Are there other sites like […]

— Courtney Tompkins