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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

Holiday weekend fun!

In case celebrating America’s birthday AND having a 3-day weekend is not exciting enough for you, there’s TONS to do around Iowa this weekend!! A huge event downtown is the 80/35 music fest. I went last time and it was AWESOME. If you buy a ticket you can see tons of bands. If you don’t […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU is Living United

Des Moines University is serious about community service. We do SO many projects every year it’s hard to keep track of them. So when United Way of Central Iowa had a contest for videos describing how an organization “Lives United,” I knew we had to enter. Here’s our video:   What do you think?? United […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Moving day!

As you may know, a great number of DMU students live near campus.  I watch them from my window every day as they dodge cars on Grand Ave. on their way to class. The last few weeks has been another spectacle entirely – moving mayhem!  Students, friends, parents, little siblings – all helping move belongings […]

— Gina Smith

Sign up for a 5k walk/ run through beautiful DMU neighborhood

(Des Moines, IA) – You are invited to join Des Moines University (DMU) students, faculty, alumni and staff for a 5k through the beautiful south of Grand neighborhood around DMU. The August 15 race, called DMU Run-Day-Voo, will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the circle drive in front of the Des Moines University Academic Center […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday Recipes: Salsa and Guacamole

Friday Recipes: Salsa and Guacamole As the newest member of DMU’s marketing and communications team, I wanted to introduce myself, and what better way to get acquainted than with food! I’m a closet foodie. I love watching Top Chef and the Food Network, subscribe to Bon Appétit and can recommend the best restaurants in Des […]

— Andrea Cooley

Public invited to contribute to DMU’s literary journal

(Des Moines, IA) – Des Moines University (DMU) is the largest medical school in Iowa — not necessarily a school you’d expect to produce a literary journal. Now in its third year, however, the annual Abaton journal is very popular and the public is invited to submit work. Overseen by DMU students and staff in […]

— Courtney Tompkins

It’ll be an artsy weekend!

This weekend is one of my FAVORITE Des Moines events – the Arts Festival downtown. It’s so much fun to stroll around and enjoy amazing works of art. I’m so jealous of people with artistic talent and I love to soak in their creativity. There’s also live music, food vendors, crafts for kids and booths […]

— Courtney Tompkins