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Congrats, grads!!!

Today 430 special people graduate from Des Moines University. The faculty, staff, current students & past grads congratulate them. We know you’ll do great things!!  Go forth & heal! P.S. We want to hear about your great things, so make sure you become a fan of DMU on Facebook, sign up for the alumni newsletter, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

New employees (1st qtr report)

(Des Moines, Iowa) — The following are new Des Moines University employees. The list is information compiled for the first quarter: Jordan Bahnsen of Des Moines joined Des Moines University as the AHEC data and information coordinator. Michelle Burkhart of Urbandale joined Des Moines University as an academic secretary. She was previously an executive assistant […]

— Courtney Tompkins

A field trip to DMU

 by Rishi Shah* (11yrs, Downtown School, Des Moines, Iowa) Did you ever have an opportunity to go see a real heart? Well, I have when we visited Des Moines University (DMU) in 3rd grade. We were greeted by Dr. Matz, who showed us around campus.

— Seth Stevenson

Dare I say the “B” word…Boards!

Seems like second year students are hibernating in the library sitting in a deep trance with their face stuck in their COMLEX or First Aid USMLE books. What are those books anyway? Oh dear, so soon? Yes, it is board studying season! So what is everybody’s technique in preparing to study for their national board […]

— Tea Nguyen

Soaring success

When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will always long to return. – Leonardo da Vinci Humans can’t fly, so David Lindenberg engages in the next best thing: pole vaulting.

— Barb Boose

The BEST WEEK EVER

I decided this past week, May 2 through May 9, was going to be my BEST WEEK EVER.* How did I come to this conclusion? I was (self) diagnosed with Toomuchstudyitis, was getting kind of restless, and needed an excuse to celebrate. I thought, “Why not celebrate an entire week for no real reason at […]

— Kendall Conder

Annual memorial service

Before we send students out to treat patients, we prepare them every which way we can. One of the first things they do as a student is take anatomy. The learn every muscle, bone, vein and organ first-hand. They know the ankle bone connects to the foot bone because they’ve seen it with their own […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Graduation day is nearly here!!

ELEVEN days until graduation! I know some of our students are probably mentally doing the countdown!! Year after year, our grads make me proud to work here. I know the 430 graduates this year will be awe-inspiring, just like those who have gone before them. This year is the first to have graduates in the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Student’s abstract takes him to ACP

DMU student Jason Sebesto turned a summer research project into a full-blown clinical research project that put him at the podium during the American College of Physicians annual internal medicine meeting in Philadelphia in April. A second-year D.O. student who’s also pursuing a M.S. in anatomy, Sebesto was among the 10 students who won ACP’s […]

— Barb Boose

DMU to give 450 degrees at 109th commencement

(Des Moines, IA) – Des Moines University (DMU) will award 450 degrees at its 2009 Commencement service May 23 at 10 a.m. at the Polk County Convention Complex, 501 Grand Ave. The dean from each of the three DMU colleges will present their classes and DMU President, former Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad, will confer […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Annual memorial service for body donors open to public

(Des Moines, IA) – On Friday, May 15, Des Moines University (DMU) will honor 58 Iowans who donated their bodies to further medical education. The family of each donor, the DMU community and the public is invited to remember and recognize each generous gift. The non-denominational service will begin at 1 p.m. in the Student […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Dollar days!!!

Is there anything better than catching a game on a warm night at the ballpark, drink and pretzel or hot dog in hand, friends at your side? Uhhh, yeah, doin it for $1!  The Iowa Cubs are doing Dollar Days this summer and I got to enjoy one this week. It’s $1 for admission, $1 for […]

— Courtney Tompkins

MOM: an everyday hero

Mother’s day is May 10. That gives you 6 days to figure out how to best honor & celebrate the woman who made you who you are.  Please take note: Being a grown up does NOT exempt you from celebrating mother’s day. In fact, you should celebrate even more than you did as a kid because […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Learn about craniofacial birth defects, care they require

Dylan’s Smile, DMU bring together expert panel for free event open to public (Des Moines, IA) – You are invited to Des Moines University Friday, May 8 at noon to learn about craniofacial birth defect treatments and the medical care they require. The event is free and open to all. “Most people do not understand […]

— Courtney Tompkins

New session of Pilates

Want to strengthen your core muscles and increase flexibility? Pilates is a low-impact physical fitness routine for men and women that improves balance and posture.  Pilates classes at Des Moines University are taught by Des Moines University physical therapist Kari Smith, exercise physiologist Carol Ruby and Kristen Strong who is Stott-certified in mat Pilates. Sessions […]

— Courtney Tompkins

world malaria day

As an American, when I fall asleep I mostly worry about what I’ll wear the next day, whether I remembered to start the dishwasher and if I’m overscheduled the next day. Poor me.  Imagine living in a country where going to sleep brings the worry of a mosquito bite leading to malaria. Today, April 25 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Bone marrow month

In recognition of Bone Marrow Month, I felt it would be appropriate to share my friend’s story about his battle with leukemia. He’s a strapping young man and was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 25, just two years ago. When I first heard about this, I went straight to the internet to learn […]

— Tea Nguyen

My special someone

 I catch up with my cousin over the phone once a week and we talk about family, friends, boys, bars, her job and my school. I always enjoy our chat because it gives me some perspective. When you’re in med school and all your friends are in med school, it’s easy to get caught up […]

— Kendall Conder

DMU, YMCA to offer special preview of HBO's "The Alzheimer's Project"

Des Moines, IA – Des Moines University and The YMCA of Greater Des Moines will provide a public preview of the new HBO documentary series, “The Alzheimer’s Project,” on Monday, May 4, 5-7 p.m. The screening will be held in Des Moines University Academic Center, lecture hall 3, 3440 Grand Ave., Des Moines.  It will be hosted by […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU club seeks mobility equipment for donation

(Des Moines) - The Des Moines University Physical Therapy Club is, again, working toward better health around the world. As part of All-Iowa Wheels For The World (AIWFTW), the club will be collecting wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches and jogging strollers. All equipment donated to AIWFTW is repaired, if needed, and distributed to Third-World countries. To […]

— Courtney Tompkins