General News and Updates

Connected?

How many ways are you connected to DMU? We’d love for you to check out our Facebook page, watch our YouTube vids & follow us on Twitter. Another other cool thing to check out – our campus tour in photos.

— Courtney Tompkins

Great PharmFree grade!

Last week the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) released the results of its fourth “PharmFree Scorecard” project. The AMSA PharmFree Scorecard (http://www.amsascorecard.org) offers a comprehensive national overview as well as an in-depth school-by-school analysis in 11 areas, including gifts and meals from industry to doctors, paid promotional speaking for industry, acceptance of free drug samples, interaction with sales […]

— Courtney Tompkins

David Vellinga added to DMU Board of Trustees

David H. Vellinga of Des Moines was appointed to the Des Moines University Board of Trustees during the board’s December meeting. Vellinga is president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, a role he has held since 1998. He has also been CEO of Mercy Health Network since 2000. Prior to being at […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Holiday hours

Don’t forget: the University is closed Dec. 23-26 but will re-open Dec. 27. It will then be closed again Dec. 30-Jan. 1. The halls get pretty quiet around here on those days in between so we’ll probably cya all in January!

— Courtney Tompkins

Justice Alfred D. Lerner Endowed Scholarship Fund

Alfred Lerner quit high school to enlist in the U.S. Army. He continued to benefit his country throughout his life, serving as a member of the New York State Assembly, administrative judge, presiding justice of the New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division and chair of the state’s Commission of Investigation. Justice Lerner served Des […]

— Seth Stevenson

First Abaton Selzer Award for Writing presented

Des Moines University’s literary journal combines medicine, art Rachel Hammer, a second-year student at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, won the inaugural Selzer Prize for Writing in this year’s Abaton, Des Moines University’s literary journal. Physician-writer Dr. Richard Selzer has inspired many to marry medicine and writing. Dr. Selzer has been writing for fifty […]

— Courtney Tompkins

New partnership with IA Dept. for Blind

Our third- and fourth-year osteopathic medical students do rotations through various medical specialties for hands-on learning. A new partnership between DMU and the Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) will also allow our students two week rotations within IDB learning what it’s like to be blind. Our students will sit in classes alongside folks losing […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Free health screenings at DMU for seniors Nov. 6

Adults 50 and older are invited to Des Moines University’s Senior Health Fair for free health screenings on November 6, 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 a demonstration of osteopathic […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU narrows field to three finalists for university president

Des Moines, IA – Three finalists for Des Moines University president were announced to employees and students October 11. A search committee has been working to fill the role since the retirement of Governor Terry Branstad in October 2009. The committee announced the following candidates: Stephen Dengle, M.B.A., current interim president and COO of Des […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Tickets still available for Glanton dinner

UPDATE on 10/13/10: Tickets are now sold out. The 2010 Des Moines University Glanton Scholarship Dinner at the Meadows at Prairie Meadows will honor Iowa’s former governor, Robert D. Ray, and a few tickets are still available. The October 14 reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner program starting at 6 p.m. If you […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Global Health conference

On October 13, our global health department and the Heartland Global Health Consortium are again hosting an awesome conference. This year’s topic, “the influence of agriculture on global health,” ties really nicely to the World Food Prize conference going on at the same time in Des Moines. Some of the speakers and attendees will be […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Public health program director chosen for national commission

Des Moines University is proud to announce Mary Mincer Hansen, R.N., Ph.D., director of the DMU public health program, was recently selected as a member of the new National Health Care Workforce Commission. The commission, a national resource for Congress, the president, states and cities, was appointed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). The […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Public invited to conference at DMU on global health, agriculture

In conjunction with the esteemed World Food Prize Festival in October, Des Moines University (DMU) will host “The Influence of Agriculture on Global Health” on October 13. Speakers include: •    Paul Schickler, president of Pioneer Hi-Bred International •    Dr. Robert Mazur with the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods •    Henry Musoke with Volunteer Efforts for […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Free film viewing to share stories of malnutrition

(Des Moines, IA) – Locally parents worry about childhood obesity. In other countries parents worry about getting enough food to feed their families. The film “Starved for Attention,” exposes the neglected atrocities of childhood malnutrition around the world. The public is invited to see this rare showing of “Starved For Attention” October 8, 5:30 p.m., […]

— Courtney Tompkins