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What’re those crazy students up to?

If you saw students dressed as KISS, wearing hands like the HULK or calling themselves Membrane Attack Complex, what would you think they were up to? If you guessed playing dodgeball, you’re correct! To see photos of this crazy event, plus see how many showed up early Saturday morning to help out with The Project’s […]

— Courtney Tompkins

weekend plans?

Have you figured out what you’re doin this weekend? If not, let me make a few suggestions… On Friday you can head to the Vaudeville Mews and catch some local bands. These aren’t just any bands, either… They’re partially the work of our multi-talented students!  Pumptown will play at 7 p.m….A folk/country/rock group made up by […]

— Courtney Tompkins

who are you in just a few

Six words. Can you describe yourself in only six words?  Smith Magazine created the six-word memoir idea. Some are very poetic or heartfelt like “He, open book; I, an illiterate.” and others are funny like “All of a sudden, I’m “old.”” Some like “And then I started getting paranoid.” make me wonder what the backstory is  […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Free DMU conference highlights research from around Iowa

Des Moines – If current medical and health care research interests you, plan to attend the sixth annual Des Moines University Student Research Symposium on April 23. Des Moines University (DMU) will host the public and students from area colleges for the symposium from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Olsen Medical Education Center, 3200 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Sign me up for that!

  I finished my taxes the other day, which was a great a feat for me. I think this is the third year I’ve done them without parental assistance and I always get a great sense of achievement after finishing them.  I mean, checking boxes and transferring information from a W2 to the computer is […]

— Kendall Conder

“Did Emmit Smith or Jerry Rice win ‘Dancing with the Stars’?”

The other night, a pretty serious debate erupted with one of my (male) colleagues concerning this monumental question. After going back and forth for a couple minutes, he mockingly told me, “Google it.” I have developed a reputation of being a “Google Goddess.” I am completely comfortable with this labeling as Googling is indeed one […]

— Kendall Conder

Childcare near DMU

Choosing a school or being successful in school can often depend on finding the right care for your child. I was asked, via Facebook, for some help finding childcare in Des Moines so here you are…

— Courtney Tompkins

Is anyone Audiobooking?

There’s a special membership deal at www.audible.com (or at least there was when I last visited) for books on audio! What a concept. Not only do I get the chance to catch up on all the books people are talking about, I can listen to it while at the gym, or when laying in bed when my […]

— Tea Nguyen

Happy doctors’ day!!!

Yay! Today is a day to honor & thank some very important people – doctors. Whether you are one, are in school to be one, go to one or know one – you surely can agree that these are special people. Whether they’re D.O., M.D., Ph.D., D.P.M., D.P.T. or some other, they give of themselves […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Iowa rocks!

I’m starting to feel like a broken record (BTW, a “record” for those younger than me refers to those weird round things our parents and grandparents “spun” for tuneage, from what I’m told.) It seems I can’t stop talking about how great Des Moines, Iowa is! But hey I’m just sharin the news, folks, I […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Earth hour – turn off your lights!

Last year, I celebrated Earth Hour with friends at my apartment playing the card game Spoons in the dark. We started off with a social yoga-ing, enjoying the relaxing evening under the starry sky and dug right into all of the delectable foods they all brought over. We lit some candles and pulled out our […]

— Tea Nguyen

a tale from spring break

 I have tons of fun stories from our spring break trip to El Salvador. This first one is about my first ambulance ride. On March 15, the El Salvadorians had their presidential election and our team was asked to stick around just in case a riot broke out and first aid was required. Most of […]

— Tea Nguyen

We like spring break too!

Because we work for a University, everyone always assumes we get spring break vacation just like the students. This is not true, in fact spring break is actually a very busy time for us in the admission office. Even though we’re busy, we try to take a little time for spring break fun so we […]

— Gina Smith

Psoriatic Onychopachydermoperiostitis

Did the title of this post make you raise your eyebrow a bit? Do you know what it means? I don’t. But I bet if you’re a DMU CPMS student, you know what it is! And whether you’re a current or prospective student, you’d probably be interested in reading Dr. Mahoney’s piece about it in […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Doing good in El Salvador over spring break

by Barb Boose, DMU Magazine editor Last summer, Jonathan Thompson, a podiatric medical student at DMU, spent a steamy week in El Salvador, seeing 50 to 70 patients a day. He was one of 14 DMU students on a medical service trip organized by the DMU Global Health Program and the Comandos de Salvamento, a […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Travel is possible on a student’s budget

  I used Priceline for the first time recently to bid on a 3-star hotel in San Jose, CA with a $99 room that was $79 on www.hotels.com. I took a chance to bid for a hotel in the San Jose area at $65. I didn’t have much to lose if I lost the bid […]

— Tea Nguyen

Procrastination

When it comes to wasting time, I totally dominate. I can spend a good four hours straight on the computer doing absolutely nothing important. This is a good thing when I’m stuck in an airport on a layover; not such a good thing when I’m studying for exams. So what fills the time? There are […]

— Kendall Conder

Good Eats: El Salvador

For our pre-departure meeting, our global health group met at El Salvador Del Mundo, 2901 6th Ave. in Des Moines. And if this is what I have to anticipate to eat when I’m in El Salvador during spring break, then I am all in! The price is just right and the food was so delicious. […]

— Tea Nguyen

Lunch with Governor Branstad!

I’m so glad I went to have lunch with Governor Branstad (DMU’s president) today. He absorbed all of our concerns ranging from requests for additional printers, concerns about our laptops and parking issues, among other topics. You just had to be there to hear it all! I highly recommend students attending one of these lunch […]

— Tea Nguyen

Community service at DMU

 During my undergraduate work I was very involved in both the community and the university — it was what made life enjoyable. I thought coming to medical school would all but put an end to most of those activities due to time constraints and limitations on activities/service events available. I also figured that any service […]

— Jeremy DeFoe