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Physical therapy in St. Lucia

St Lucia has been quite the eye-opening experience on many levels. The health system here, as far as physical therapy is concerned, is very good but needs further development. The people do very well with the resources available to them but they need so much more. We had the opportunity to do some community outreach […]

— Katie Schultz

Street Party!

Take a break from studying this weekend and head to the best block party in town. Ingersoll Live is this Saturday from 4p.m. to 11p.m. Ingersoll Ave will be closed between 28th and 29th Streets. The event is free and great for the whole family. Enjoy live music, food (from Jesse’s Embers, Star Bar, Gateway […]

— Andrea Cooley

Did someone say FREE?

Anyone else out there that loves free educational materials? Well do I have the website for you! This website has bunches and bunches of free medical books available to the public and even some anatomy dissecting guides to help compliment your learning experiences as a medical student. Take a whirl and let me know what […]

— Tea Nguyen

Checking in from our St. Lucia rotation

We have completed one week of work here at St. Jude Hospital in St. Lucia and things are going well. Throughout the week we evaluated and treated inpatients and outpatients. We have seen a variety of diagnoses including orthopedic, neurological and wound care. We have also been giving in-services on various topics in the afternoons […]

— Lindsay Dean

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

Friday Recipe: Peach Crumble

I’m always looking for quick and easy healthy recipes and recently discovered Mayo Clinic as a great resource. I love how they organize the recipes by ingredients, servings, and meal. I couldn’t resist this yummy peach dessert. Whole wheat flour and oatmeal in this recipe help keep the calories down and focus the flavor on […]

— Andrea Cooley

Take a Health Quiz

Take a break from studying and check out the DMU Health Quiz on Facebook. If you didn’t pass, or want to learn more about the top five causes of death in the U.S., register for Mini Medical School 2010. The program is offered annually and is open to the public. Students, we want to hear […]

— Andrea Cooley

Restaurant Week!

Whether you’re a food snob or you haven’t been out for dinner in months, you won’t want to miss Des Moines’ second annual restaurant week! 42 local restaurants are offering a 3-course prix fixe dinner (some include a glass of wine) or lunch for two for $25. It’s a great chance to try a restaurant […]

— Andrea Cooley

Winners of ‘Get connected to DMU’!

Today at 4 p.m. we closed the ‘Get Connected to DMU’ contest. TWELVE winners get a pair of tickets to the awesome Iowa State Fair PLUS a free parking pass! Contestants were entered by leaving a comment on the DMU Facebook page, following us on Twitter or commenting on the blog. We drew names and […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Update from St. Lucia

8/15 Well, we made it to St. Lucia! We are staying in a dorm on the hospital grounds. The people here seem very nice and I am looking forward to working in the P.T. department. I went to a Catholic Church service tonight at the hospital chapel. It was nice. Tomorrow we are going to […]

— Lindsay Dean

Mooooovin’ day!

Ok, so I realized that I should have planned to move much sooner than during my third-year rotation but I haven’t had much time to even stop and think this whole summer. Even though I didn’t have classes this summer (well I only had one) I was busy traveling and planning wedding stuff so when […]

— Tea Nguyen

TODAY is DMU Day at the fair!

I know you’re thinking about it… dreaming of corndogs and ice cold lemonade last night, weren’t you? It’s understandable, really! You know you wanna do it…   So jump in the car & head to the state fair! YES, right now. Do it! You won’t regret it! Today is DMU Day at the Iowa State Fair […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Will you ‘friend’ a patient?

At DMU we always strive to create compassionate care providers. So do not take it wrong when I say you probably shouldn’t be a friend to your patients —I’m talking merely about being Facebook friends. As the age of technology overtakes us, our modes of communications change. I tend to think the more outlets and […]

— Courtney Tompkins

St. Lucia, here they come!

I am really looking forward to my global health experience in St. Lucia. We leave in a few days! Last weekend I received a $450 donation from my church and I can’t wait to present this to the physical therapy department at St. Jude’s hospital in St. Lucia. I know they are in need of […]

— Lindsay Dean

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

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

RSVP deadline extended on Golf Gore Scholarships!

Golf Fore Scholarships will raise money for students in the College of Health Sciences on August 22. A shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. will kick off the fun at Blank Golf Course. The registration deadline has been extended to August 17! For $100 you get 18 holes of golf, use of a cart, snacks, dinner […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Dining al fresco

ACK!! The summer is quickly dwindling. Get thee to a patio quickly while the sun is still shining so beautifully! I don’t care if it’s a PBJ on my own deck or a fancy dinner with white tablecloth somewhere, there’s something magical about eating outdoors in beautiful weather! Whether you’re finishing a week of orientation […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Free school physicals for kids

DMU students and clinicians from the DMU Clinic will be doing school physicals at the 12th annual Shalom Zone Ministries‘ back-to-school fair Monday. From 3 to 7 p.m. at Gatchel United Methodist Church, 1909 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, kids can get a physical exam, immunizations, a vision check and dental and lead screenings. Completely […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday Recipe: Homemade Granola Bars

Granola bars are my go-to snack. If I’m running late in the morning I grab one on the way out the door for breakfast. They’re also the perfect afternoon snack. And I always keep one in my purse so if I get hungry while I’m out I have something to munch on. I eat so […]

— Andrea Cooley