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What’s your favorite holiday tradition?

This time of year, I love talking with family and friends about their favorite holiday traditions. My daughter, for example, loves that initial excavation of holiday decorations from the depths of a basement closet (although she’s less fond of putting them all away after the holidays – imagine that!). My son loves the December production […]

— Barb Boose

Polymorphonuclear neutrophilic leukocyte, Rah, Rah!

Nucleous, Pacemaker, Cardiograph – those are just some of the names of the Des Moines University yearbook published on and off since 1905. Lindsey Smith has launched an effort to scan the collection amid her other duties as archivist in the DMU Library and Kendall Reed Rare Book Room, where visitors can page through the […]

— Barb Boose

Six leaders join DMU Board of Trustees

They’re a diverse group, including leaders in health care, justice and business, but they all share a commitment to the advancement of Des Moines University. They are the six new members of the University’s Board of Trustees. Susan L. Beck, D.O. ’84, FACOS, is a surgeon with Katzmann Breast Center in Clive and Surgical Affiliates […]

— Jordan Bahnsen

Eating worms

Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional disorder in the world. The World Health Organization estimates that it affects nearly two billion people. Matthew Abendroth, a second-year DMU osteopathic student, suggests one solution might be entomophagy, the human consumption of insects. Matthew was among the winners in a student poster competition at the Heartland Global […]

— Barb Boose

Take the first step toward better health with DMU

Des Moines University invites our neighbors and community to join our Start Somewhere Walk on Friday, October 7, at noon. Starting at the Academic Center, 3440 Grand Avenue, the one-mile route will head west on Grand Avenue to 42nd Street and return to campus. DMU faculty, staff and students will join thousands of Iowans in […]

— Jordan Bahnsen

Suku Radia to be honored at annual Glanton Scholarship Dinner

Des Moines University (DMU) will honor Bankers Trust CEO and President Suku Radia at the 2011 Glanton Scholarship Dinner on October 6 at The Meadows Events and Conference Center in Altoona. The annual event helps to raise money for the scholarship named after The Honorable Luther T. Glanton Jr. and Willie Stevenson Glanton. The scholarship […]

— Jordan Bahnsen

Inaugural week events

The actual inaugural ceremony is scheduled for this Saturday, but there are all sorts of events taking place throughout the week in celebration of our 15th president, Angela L. Walker Franklin, Ph.D. We hope you can join us on campus to take part in a variety of opportunities to learn, network and promote preventive health […]

— Nicole Branstad

Des Moines University to inaugurate 15th President, Angela L. Walker Franklin, Ph.D.

Inauguration scheduled for September 24 Des Moines University (DMU) announces the presidential inauguration of Angela L. Walker Franklin, Ph.D. Franklin, who became DMU’s 15th president on March 1, 2011, has worked in higher education for more than 20 years. Previously, she was executive vice president and provost at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, where […]

— Jordan Bahnsen

Do a downward-facing dog

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has designed September as National Yoga Month, a “national observance and grass roots awareness campaign to inspire a healthy lifestyle.” I’ve enjoyed yoga classes in DMU’s great wellness center and, let me assure you, yoga will make you very “aware” of your physicality. In a good way! […]

— Barb Boose

A note from President Franklin

Welcome to DMU!! This is a special greeting to the new and returning students arriving at Des Moines University this week! In my short time here, I have come to know that this is a very special place with a warm and engaging campus community. As a health sciences university we also have a compelling […]

— Angela Franklin

The toughest question

In a course on end-of-life issues here at DMU, Assistant Professor Denise Hill, J.D., M.P.A., instructs students to close their eyes. She then asks some riveting questions: What do you know about how a loved one would want to die? Would they want life-sustaining procedures? Who will speak for them, if they can’t, about medical […]

— Barb Boose

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