Featured News and Updates

Des Moines University President Terry Branstad retires

DMU board of trustees names interim president (Des Moines, Iowa) – At noon today in a private session, Des Moines University President Terry E. Branstad announced his retirement to students, staff and faculty. Effective immediately, he is now free to pursue the possibility of running for public office. He had been president and CEO of […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU literary journal to raise awareness for World Health Organization

The third annual edition of Abaton, Des Moines University’s literary journal, will be available at World Food Prize (WFP) events this year. This issue bears a global health focus with submissions from alumni, staff, faculty, students and the public. It also contains work by Ambassador Kenneth Quinn from the World Food Prize and Dr. Mario […]

— Courtney Tompkins

International art exhibit coming to Des Moines

Des Moines University is excited to bring Art 4 Health (A4H) to Iowa. A4H is a traveling art exhibit launched by the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland to increase awareness of global women’s health issues and promote the message that underprivileged women everywhere can work to overcome their circumstances. The exhibit includes paintings of […]

— Courtney Tompkins

New national global health consortium of universities includes DMU

The number of students enrolled in global health programs in universities across the United States and Canada has doubled in the past three years. That’s led American universities to expand these programs at an unprecedented rate. The surge also led more than 50 North American universities – including Des Moines University (DMU) – to create […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU first university to ever earn platinum wellness award

Des Moines University (DMU) was recognized October 1 as the first and only educational institution in America to receive a platinum level Well Workplace award, the highest distinction achievable from the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA). “We are obviously quite thrilled and honored by this award. It is a testament to the hard-work of our […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Global health conference at DMU

Des Moines University’s annual global health conference “Global Health and Global Food” will be presented this year by the Heartland Global Health Consortium, in conjunction with the October World Food Prize activities. The half-day conference (which includes lunch) is scheduled for Wednesday, October 14, 11:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m., and will be in the Medical Education […]

— Courtney Tompkins

A good H1N1 resource

As healthcare students, staff and faculty, you may be fielding questions from friends and patients on the H1N1 flu. Polk County Health Department has put together a great resource for information. Click here for videos, frequently asked questions, a list of symptoms and more. Please wash your hands and do NOT spread germs. Please DO […]

— Courtney Tompkins

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

Public health appointment

Mary Mincer Hansen, Ph.D., has been named to the state of Iowa’s Public Health Advisory Council, part of the Modernizing Public Health in Iowa initiative. She was selected as the expert in emergency preparedness. The council will play a key role in assuring the vision of public health modernization; that every Iowan has access to […]

— Courtney Tompkins

H1N1 update from Polk County Health Dept.

Terri Henkels, director of the Polk County Health Department, released this information Sept. 8: Everyone is hungry for concrete answers regarding the H1N1 influenza A pandemic and what the Polk County response will be. H1N1 has been and continues to be in our community. Few people appear to be getting sick. We anticipate the spread […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Annual DMU dinner to raise money for endowed scholarship for minorities

The 2009 Des Moines University Glanton Scholarship Dinner October 14 at the Meadows at Prairie Meadows will honor Iowa’s Simon Estes. You are invited to attend. Money raised from ticket sales and donations increases the endowment for the Glanton Scholarship Fund which enables minority Des Moines University (DMU) students to achieve an education in medicine […]

— Courtney Tompkins

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

COM alum of the year: Niru Pandeya, D.O.

A 1969 graduate of Des Moines University was recently chosen as the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) Alum of the Year. Nirmalendu (Niru) K. Pandeya, D.O., M.S., of West Des Moines, IA, was chosen for his years of support and volunteer work. In addition to interviewing prospective students and spreading the good word about Des […]

— Courtney Tompkins

CHS alum of the year: Kari Smith, D.P.T.

A 1998 graduate of Des Moines University was recently chosen as the College of Health Science (CHS) Alum of the Year. Kari Nies Smith, D.P.T., of Ankeny, IA, was chosen for her multi-faceted support of the College. “In her work with students, patients, colleagues and our academic programs, Kari demonstrates why DMU is an extraordinary […]

— Courtney Tompkins

CPMS alum of the year: Nicki Nigro, D.P.M.

A 1989 graduate of Des Moines University was recently chosen as the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (CPMS) Alum of the Year. In addition to being a professional mentor and giving alumna, Nicki Nigro, D.P.M., of Allison Park, PA, is a diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and fellow of the American […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Explore at Discover DMU Sept. 16

If you’ve wished you could step into a lab to see current students in action and actually witness students’ skills before picking your graduate school, you can’t miss Discover DMU Day. On September 16, from 2 to 5 p.m., Des Moines University (DMU), a medical and health sciences university offering nine graduate degrees, is opening […]

— Courtney Tompkins

CPMS faculty, students earn '09 APMA awards

At the 2009 APMA national scientific meeting, DMU students and faculty had great success in the poster abstract competition. Kyle Peterson, D.P.M. ’10, received the first place award in the Resident/Student Abstract Category for his research project, “Radiographic analysis of Haglund’s deformity: an evaluation of NCSP and RCSP. Co-authors include Nicole Jedlicka, D.P.M. ’10, Vassilios […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU Day at Iowa State Fair

In between trying s’mores-on-a-stick and visiting the Varied Industries building on Sunday, August 16, stop by the Des Moines University tent on the Grand Concourse. “We are proud to sponsor Des Moines University day at the fair,” said Kendall Dillon, director of marketing at DMU. “As Iowa’s largest medical school, we are very concerned with […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Are you signed up for the DMU 5k?

The second annual Des Moines University 5k, called DMU Run-Day-Voo, is August 15 at 7:30 a.m. Are you registered? Sign up today! You can walk or run through the beautiful south of Grand neighborhood around DMU. It will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the circle drive in front of the Des Moines University Academic Center […]

— Courtney Tompkins