General News and Updates

Goin’ for the Gold

Back in the 1990s, when medical educators and residency program directors expressed the need to recognize internship and residency applicants with both outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation listened. That led to the creation of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS), which honors select medical students, residents, role-model physician teachers and […]

— Barb Boose

Is this guy crazy?

You might consider Charlie Wittmack’s undertaking and rightfully ask, “Is this guy crazy?” A Des Moines attorney and the only Iowan to have reached the summit of Mount Everest, last year Wittmack sold his house, gave up his job and embarked on his World Triathlon, an 8,000+-mile effort to swim the English Channel, bike the […]

— Barb Boose

The final summer

As we come down to the last med-school-free week of our summer, my fellow DO’14s and I will soon resume our busy lives as second-year medical students. With boards awaiting us at the end of this coming year, it’s a distinct possibility that this will have been our last truly free summer before starting our […]

— Nathan McConkey

One painterly professor

You read in the blog about this weekend’s Des Moines Arts Festival, a veritable visual feast not to be missed. Making the festival even better is “the other art show,” the ArtFest Midwest, also this weekend in the air-conditioned Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. ArtFest Midwest is especially special to DMU, because […]

— Barb Boose

The calm in the storm

While the new class of talented and eager P.A. students has already begun their first year at DMU, we D.O. students are enjoying a much needed break in our training as our summer gets into full swing.  As we all step out into the real world for the first time in months (on the second […]

— Nathan McConkey

Top ten things I’ve learned

Well, another term has come to a close, and I, like many of my fellow classmates, have been reflecting on all the growth, learning and progress we’ve achieved in the past year. Second-years go on to rotations, fourth-years go on to residency, and residents become fellows and attendings. Whether you’re celebrating the success of a […]

— Nathan McConkey

Annual DMU memorial service for body donors free, open to public

(Des Moines, IA) – On Friday, May 20, Des Moines University (DMU) will honor 57 Iowans who donated their bodies in the past year to further medical education. The family of each donor, the DMU community and the public are invited to remember and recognize each generous gift. The non-denominational service will begin at 1 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

It’s been great…

I love DMU and have enjoyed my 5+ years here but tomorrow* is my last day here! I’m off to a new challenge and I’m very excited. I’ll be the social media/PR manager for NatraTurf and I’m really excited about the opportunity. But I will, of course, miss all of you, my lovely readers and […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Kids’ fair April 30 will share free fun, education about healthy lifestyles

Obesity is a growing problem for America’s younger generation. Obesity leads to chronic disease, reduced activity, decreased lifespan and a multitude of health problems. Des Moines University students don’t want that to happen to local kids so they created Mission: Active, a health fair for kids, debuting April 30. “A healthful, active life is so […]

— Courtney Tompkins

March 22 Health Career Explorer Post 141 meeting cancelled

The 7 p.m. meeting of Health Career Explorer Post 141 at Des Moines University has been CANCELLED for tonight, March 22. Because the meeting was scheduled to be at Mercy Medical Center to tour the helicopter, impending bad weather has forced a postponement. The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on April 12, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Learn about women's health in a community education course!

Physical therapy can be very helpful in treating women’s health issues. Libby Trausch, D.P.T., from our Physical Therapy Clinic will be teaching a class for the community on April 28 about how it can help. “Bones, Bottoms & Balance” is a two-hour program, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the DMU Olsen Medical Education Center, 3200 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Learn about women’s health in a community education course!

Physical therapy can be very helpful in treating women’s health issues. Libby Trausch, D.P.T., from our Physical Therapy Clinic will be teaching a class for the community on April 28 about how it can help. “Bones, Bottoms & Balance” is a two-hour program, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the DMU Olsen Medical Education Center, 3200 […]

— Courtney Tompkins