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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

Events coming up!

The Iowa State Fair begins soon (Aug. 13-23!) and DMU Day is August 16. I know I blogged a bit about it awhile back but plans have changed a smidge… So just to update you, we will not be in the Farm Bureau tent the 15th & 16th. We will, however, have students and faculty […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Welcome! Take a look around!

Today kicks off orientation for most of our new students. We’re all excited to see new faces and make new friends! Here’s some good sites to learn more about your new city: www.desmoinesmetro.com or www.seedesmoines.com and, of course, the DMU site: www.dmu.edu. Take a virtual tour of some Des Moines area events & more! If […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Weekend in Des Moines

Des Moines is a great place to be this weekend. Whether it’s your first weekend here, or you’ve been here all summer, there are plenty of things to keep you busy. Here are 5 things to check out: 1. Clive After Five This outdoor event features bands from 5-8 p.m. $5 gets you in with […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Chicken Enchiladas

If I’m actually going to take time to cook, I like to make something that has plenty of leftovers. These enchiladas last me and my husband for several meals–and they only get better with time! My goal is to make them Sunday so we can eat them during the week. To make the enchiladas even […]

— Andrea Cooley

Miscellaneous tidbits rattling ’round my head

There’s some great stuff going on at DMU, as usual, but I’m spread a bit thin getting ready for orientation so here’s a bunch of random things I’ve had floating in my brain…. Read about the new Memory Clinic at DMU. To see more about the Clinic and its offerings, visit dmuclinic.org. Des Moines was […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Tuneage

There have been an awesome assortment of concerts in Des Moines this summer. I’ve seen Colbie Caillat, Jason Reeves, Gavin DeGraw, Collective Soul, Carolina Liar, Jason Brown, Love and Theft, Gloriana, Emerson Drive, Bucky Covington, John Michael Montgomery and Tracy Lawrence. The only truly important musical encounter, however, has been with the amazingness known as […]

— Kendall Conder

Friday Recipe: Eggplant Parmesan

Vegetarian dishes don’t have to be flavorless or full of mysterious veggies with weird textures (I still can’t make myself eat tofu). This eggplant parmesan is simple (only 4 main ingredients) and delicious. If you’ve never tried eggplant or don’t think you like it, think again. With the tomatoes, garlic, and cheese you can’t even […]

— Andrea Cooley

The right way

The D.P.T. ’11s are currently working (or in my case, barely making it) through our upper extremity block. That means we’re studying anything and everything associated with the head, neck, shoulders, arms and chest. During a recent posture lab, it was discovered that I always hold my head with a slight tilt to the right. […]

— Kendall Conder

Great coverage of rural health programs!

DMU has been working on launching four Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) in Iowa. This is a great system for recruiting and retaining rural healthcare workers. Last week KCCI (page now removed) did a story on it. Dr. DeRegnier and Dr. Plundo are both grads. They also speak with a current student doing a rural medicine […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Community Gardens

Wouldn’t it be great to grow your own food in your apartment? Seems like I got stung by the gardening bee and have been adding to my balcony garden of goodies. I remember learning about New York’s urban gardening where a plot of dirt is hard to come by so folks use the rooftop of […]

— Tea Nguyen

Medical school grading system?

I found this interesting article (requires free registration) about one medical school that changed their grading system to pass/fail and the results are encouraging. Take a look at how students rate their psychological health, their satisfaction with the quality of their medical education and their personal life. So do you think DMU should also adopt […]

— Tea Nguyen

Patients love 'em!

The Des Moines University Foot and Ankle Institute had a record number of patient visits (7,329) and new patients (1,226) for the 2008-09 fiscal year. DMU Foot and Ankle Institute clinicians also see patients at Pella Regional Medical Center, the Iowa Methodist Wound Center and Adair County Hospital. The Foot and Ankle Institute is the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

State fair countdown…

37 days ’til the Iowa State Fair begins! WOOOHOO!! I love our fair.   State Fair screenings, 2008 Mark your calendar for two very special days at the fair – Aug. 15 & 16. These are the days our wonderful clinicians and students will be performing BMI and blood pressure screenings, FREE, in the Farm […]

— Courtney Tompkins