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‘Tis the season for giving

Every year DMU students throw a holiday party for residents at the House of Mercy. House of Mercy is an organization sponsored by Mercy Medical Center to assist at-risk women and children. This year’s party was organized by the Pediatrics Club, Women’s Medical Association & American College of Family Practice groups at DMU. The three […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Set, spike, scored $$$ for kids

Two DMU student clubs (The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and Student National Podiatric Medical Association) recently hosted a volleyball tournament to raise money for Camp Hertko Hollow, a summer camp for children with diabetes.

— Courtney Tompkins

Honoring veterans

I always look forward to lunch meetings at DMU. Yesterday, we celebrated veterans’ day over lunch and to my surprise, there were many students dressed in their respective uniforms representing their service in the military. I am amazed at how many students there were on active duty or in the reserves. I don’t think there […]

— Tea Nguyen

Happy Veterans’ Day!

  Please take a moment on this veterans’ day to remember those who lost their life while protecting our freedom. Use the day also as a reminder to thank those who have fought or continue to defend our country. The following are active or past members of the United States military at DMU (* denotes […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Do your feet hurt?

DMU students & faculty will partner with the Polk County Health Department on Nov. 18, 3-5 p.m., at 1907 Carpenter Ave., to help people with podiatric issues. If your feet hurt, toe/foot shape has changed, your feet are dry or have sores, stop by and have them take a look!  Our students & docs will do […]

— Gina Smith

Raise money/awareness for homeless kids

There’s a great event in Des Moines to address the issue of homeless youth—Reggie’s Sleepout. For one night, teams camp out together with entertainment and frivolity (a lot more fun than a homeless night outdoors) to raise money. In 2006, the event drew in $60,000 and last year it raised $138,000.

— Courtney Tompkins

Helping hands

If you’ve read my posts over the last year or so you know how proud we are of our students’ community service work. But it’s time I took a minute to brag on my fellow employees as well! Our Community Service Committee and HR developed a policy, now in practice, that allows staff and faculty 40 hours […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Exciting news at DMU

Last week a group from Argentina – doctors and an inventor – met at DMU with a doc from the World Health Organization and some of our family practice faculty, local OB experts and our Global Health leaders. They were here to test an invention that may help decrease the number of childbirth fatalities. Hard […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Pumpkins, apples, ghosts & goblins!

I’ll be the first to admit that autumn is not my favorite season. BUT one of my favorite things about the season is picking out a pumpkin and picking apples. It’s cheap entertainment and you get to enjoy the fall colors, bundle up in a sweatshirt and hang out with people you love. What’s better? […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Set, spike, point – raise money for kids!

Don’t miss the Des Moines University Co-ed Volleyball Tournament to raise money for Camp Hertko Hollow, Iowa’s diabetes education camp for kids! It’s Saturday, Nov. 8, 8:30 a.m. til 6 p.m. and costs $8/person. This is open to the public. Teams will be 4-6 people. It’s a double-elim tourney. Rally score to 21. Best 2 outta 3 takes the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Free senior health fair

On Saturday, November 1, 8 a.m. – noon, Des Moines area residents 50 and older are invited to the DMU Senior Health Fair. The annual event is organized by the Geriatrics Club and will be staffed by 50+ DMU students, plus faculty & staff. It’ll be held in the Student Education Center (the new building […]

— Courtney Tompkins

OMM community night!

If you’ve ever wondered what OMM* is, have an ache or pain, or just want to see our awesome D.O. students in action, don’t miss OMM Community Night on October 16! From 6 til 9 p.m. our students will be providing free full-body structural/muscular assessments and treatments. It’ll be in the OMM lab in the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Unite to grow understanding, fight cancer

Tomorrow at 7 p.m. (Iowa time), ABC, NBC & CBS will stand together to Stand Up To Cancer.  Tune into any of those networks to see it. A first-time event, the Stand Up project is funded by the American Association for Cancer Research and aims to bring together researchers in the fight to understand and beat cancer. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Come Discover DMU on Sept. 3!

We’re not big fans of boring tours and monotonous presentations, plus that wouldn’t represent our school very well. So we instead came up with Discover DMU Day, a dynamic, hands-on, action-packed, open house-style event for prospective students. Discover DMU Day is exactly as the name describes – a way for you to personally experience the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Form a posse, join a club.

Hello to everyone on this fine Monday morning. It’s already a gorgeous day so get out this week and enjoy yourselves! Oh wait, you don’t have anyone to do anything with this week? Maybe you should join a club in the near future to make best friends with others who have common interests. Click here […]

— Courtney Tompkins

A run, a reunion and return to the fair!

This weekend is big for DMU. Big tents, big crowds, big fun! Tomorrow is the beginning of our first-ever all-classes, all-colleges unified Reunion. There’s lots of great things planned for alumni and their guests. On Saturday, bright and early,we’re holding our first 5k race, the DMU Run-Day-Voo!  Sign up by midnight tonight or in person Friday, Aug. 8, 5:30-7:30 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Sweet, sweet corn!

There actually is one annual Des Moines area event that I try to attend every year and every year have a schedule conflict. The sounds of it make my stomach growl with delight and my mouth waters uncontrollably… This event I’m describing is the Annual Adel Sweet Corn Festival. This event has a 5k run, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU is tops!

DMU has offered free physicals to local kids for years and years. This year we partnered with local cardiology groups, a dental group and others to form Des Moines University TOPS (team of physicians for students) and offer really in-depth sports physicals. The first TOPS physical fair was Saturday and in six hours, nearly 400 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU RUN-DAY-VOO

How can you even try to resist saying that over & over again?  It’s such a fun name and I’m sure it’ll be a fun event! This is the first-EVER race for DMU. It’ll start and end in front of the Academic Center, 3440 Grand Ave. The Aug. 9 race begins at 6:30 a.m. (yeah, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Random acts for charity

Every year the DMU Pediatric Club hosts a Variety Show. This year’s show was April 3. Our students, as usual, were great. They totally put themselves out there, showing off impressive, crazy and random skills. All money raised goes to Shoes That Fit, a charity that provides shoes, coats, clothes and other necessities for local […]

— Courtney Tompkins