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On the road with DMU

At DMU, fall means cooler temperatures, football games and travel! Our enrollment staff is hitting the road over the next couple months visiting graduate and professional school fairs and college campuses across the country. If you think a career in health sciences might by in your future, we hope you come see us! Stop by, […]

— Andrea Cooley

Welcome to Des Moines!

Orientation for osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, anatomy and biomedical science students starts August 3, and the physician assistant students have been in class since the beginning of June, so campus is starting to get busy! If you are just moving to Des Moines and getting settled into a new city, here are some […]

— Andrea Cooley

Med school sneak peak

The DMU Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars Program welcomes 10 undergrad students to campus for the next 3 weeks. They will be learning what it’s like to be a student of osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy or physician assistant studies at Des Moines University. During their time at DMU, students will hear lectures, tour […]

— Andrea Cooley

Educating primary care physicians

Health care reform continues to be a hot topic and a recent article in the Business Record addresses the shortages of primary care physicians and how federal investments are aimed to help this. DMU is doing its part by educating doctors and physician assistants to meet the growing needs of Iowans and Americans. As the […]

— Andrea Cooley

And so it begins….

I started my first official day of clinical rotations yesterday. I had been told all sorts of stories of how other people’s first days had went and so was not sure what to expect. Nerves were running high as I tried to sleep on Sunday night and while I was preparing for the day on […]

— Daley Dodd

Don’t miss Discover DMU!

Ever wonder what it’s really like to be a student at Des Moines University? Are you interested in checking out our campus and labs and visiting with faculty and students? If so, Discover DMU is the event for you! Our next Discover DMU is Wednesday, June 30 at 2:00 p.m. Discover DMU is informal yet […]

— Katie Pearce

Welcome PA students!

Today marks the first day of orientation for our new class of physician assistant students! We are excited to welcome the PA Class of 2012 to campus. This group of 50 students comes from eleven different states and a variety of backgrounds. The average GPA for the Class of 2012 is 3.55, and the average […]

— Joshua Kvinlaug

Congrats, grads!!

Today is the big day! Congrats to all of you who will lay claim to a new degree today! Amongst the nine programs, DMU bestowed 466 degrees (some of you got more than one, you crazy cats!) and you will all take that next step into the world. Congrats on this huge mile marker! You […]

— Courtney Tompkins

The roll out!

A little over a month ago we had our rotation roll out. The excitement in the air that day was crazy. We had been waiting a long time to find out and we were ecstatic the time was finally here. For me, I couldn’t be happier with my rotations. Granted there are places I am […]

— Daley Dodd

It’s nice to win things now and again…

I should preface this blog letting you all know that I may officially have the worst luck at winning things of anyone I know. I tell myself it’s because I love telling stories and it gives me great stories to tell. So it’s a rare day when something overwhelmingly great happens to me and honestly […]

— Daley Dodd

And we’re off…

In officially one week we are finished with our didactic (classroom) year. For those of you unaware of how our program is set up, here is a quick rundown. Our program starts in June and from that point on we go through numerous classes that give us the best comprehensive study of all aspects of […]

— Daley Dodd

I broke my leg! or not…

Last Friday my class had the opportunity to participate in a casting lab put on by a few of our faculty and some local healthcare providers. Let’s just say we had a blast…as I am sure you can see from the pictures. We learned how to splint both the arm and leg, as well as […]

— Daley Dodd

An intro to CHS Alumni Association!

Welcome to the first official blog from the College of Health Sciences Alumni Association. Many of you may not know about our group, so I thought I would make the introduction. Our Alumni Association is a comprised of all the College of Health Sciences programs and many functions are collective activities with students &/or staff […]

— CHS Alumni Association

Daley has been MIA!

Is anyone even checking my blog anymore? Probably not. Sorry I have not been writing lately… life has kind of been consuming. Believe it or not school actually hasn’t been the consuming part but just life. It’s nearing the end of things here at DMU and my inability to comprehend leaving my friends has made […]

— Daley Dodd

Be a physician assistant!

The physician assistant class of 2012 isn’t even on campus yet, but applications open today, April 14, for the class of 2013 (which will start classes in June of 2011). The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies is a two year program. If you don’t want to commit to four years of medical school […]

— Andrea Cooley

How health reform affects you

The health reform act signed by President Obama on March 30 is a hot topic whether you’re a clinician, a student or a patient. If you are wondering what it means for you, we found some documents that do a good job of summarizing the facts. The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) […]

— Andrea Cooley

There’s an app for that!

Technology has become an essential part of many of our lives and medical students are no exception. DMU osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine and physician assistant students receive iPod Touches which are especially useful while they are on rotations. Jonathan Thompson, D.P.M.’12 shares five of his favorite medical apps: ePocrates Price: Free Info: A must-have in […]

— Andrea Cooley

Discover DMU!

Have you ever gone on a campus tour and felt like you didn’t really get to see the heart and guts of the school? We don’t want that to happen at DMU. We also don’t want you to visit and leave without every question answered. So if you’re thinking you want to enter the health […]

— Gina Smith

A day in the life of Daley

I am sure you are all dying to know every detail of my life….so I figured I would fulfill all your hopes and dreams. Most of you probably have no idea what our schedule looks like here at school considering we rarely come out of our little nook in the Academic Center. However I am […]

— Daley Dodd

Do you need Super Bowl food?

I know you do! Well then this is perfect for you… my class is selling Papa Murphy’s discount cards as our class fundraiser. We will be selling the cards February 1 – 5 in the Student Education Center commons area. Cards are only $5 and there is more than a $33 value on the cards. […]

— Daley Dodd