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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

African update

The DMU Global Health dept. recently arranged an exchange partnership with a medical school in Uganda. The first two DMU students to try it out are currently there. Jon & Katie are in Uganda for two months. Luckily for us back home, they’re blogging about it! DMU will host two students from Uganda in March & […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Fitting in

I define the years between first and fifth grade (and sometimes ’til eighth) as a kid’s “awkward years.” These are the years when every cute five-year-old suddenly transforms into a weird-looking or flat out ugly preteen. It’s primetime for buckteeth, acne, bad haircuts and poor wardrobe choices. I accentuated my awkwardness by crimping my hair […]

— Kendall Conder

Learn about needs, health issues of transgendered

Being a healthcare professional means taking care of people from all walks of life. Many will have particular needs you should be aware of. Several campus groups and offices pulled together to put on an interesting event on Monday. Learn from a doc about health care issues and needs of transgender individuals.  The event is […]

— Courtney Tompkins

A breathtaking experience

by Barb Boose, editor of DMU Magazine Some people enjoy winter, some hate it and others simply tolerate it. But on a recent frigid Friday night in Des Moines, a unique group not only enjoyed it, they literally leapt into it. First-year DMU students John Budi and Jayten Shook were among approximately 100 people who […]

— Seth Stevenson

Say what?

I have a professor this semester whose choice interjection is, “Make sense?” He says this phrase at least 20 times during an hour class period. I find his choice of words extremely comical given the fact that he’ll rarely wait for anyone to actually respond, but if he did, my answer would inevitably be the […]

— Kendall Conder

What are you doing for spring break?

I am going to El Salvador for a medical service trip with 13 other DMU students and oodles of supporting faculty and community members. This is DMU’s second time going to El Salvador. Last year, they served about 2500 people in the community. I am so excited about this opportunity! There are many opportunities available […]

— Tea Nguyen

What I’ve learned about Iowans

Hey ya’ll! I’m a new blogger. My name is Kendall Conder. I’m a 24 yo SWF, born and raised in Las Vegas. I graduated from Auburn University in 2007 (War Eagle Go Tigers! Yes, I know about Chizik… and Rhoads). I started physical therapy school at DMU in August 2008.  Little bit about me: I […]

— Kendall Conder

Good stuff to read!

Good golly, Ms. Molly, I’m surrounded by smart people!!! (not to worry, this does not come as a shock to me but rather I am reminded on a daily basis of how amazingly talented the faculty and staff are at DMU.) Here’s a few recent pieces that feature some of the smartypants folk ’round here. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Accolades for our clinic

I wanted to share this lovely letter recently sent to administrators at the Des Moines University Clinic. The links I inserted for your convenience, cuz I’m nice like that. Enjoy!  – Courtney To Whom it May Concern, I wanted to extend a heartfelt “Thank You!” for the phenomenal service I received at Des Moines University […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Dinner for 2, on a budget

There’s an article in today’s Des Moines Register showing 10 tabs at local restaurants – each offers a meal for 2 at less than $50 (sometimes less than $40). They include 2 entrees, 2 drinks & tip. The list shows a variety of types of restaurants. Check it out! From the list, I’ve got some […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Mastering medical sciences, fighting stress

Guest blog by Jolene Kelly, PA-C, PA Program director Graduate school is a whole new ball game and learning about the intricacies of the human body takes a lot of dedication and work. Combine the two for a graduate degree in health or medicine and you’re looking at some stress. I’ve often heard students express […]

— Andrea Cooley

What to do in Iowa? Hard to choose!

Whether you’re planning your next weekend or wondering if you’d be bored attending school in Iowa, visit TravelIowa.com for a downloadable travel guide with events (see the upper right hand corner). Or browse the site for new, exciting ways to experience Iowa. I love living here & I’m never short of things I’d like to […]

— Courtney Tompkins

A good read

It’s been very hard to catch up on leisurely reading with school and that’s why I took advantage of my winter break to pick up a book. There were a few challenges, however, in deciding what book I think I can actually enjoy and finish reading.   So how did I decide? First thing in mind […]

— Tea Nguyen

A typical school day – in case you were wondering

Alarm goes off at 6:45 a.m. Breakfast at 7 a.m. Off to school by 7:30 a.m. Class from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (including a lunch meeting). We’re back in school and I’m entering my second semester of my second year in podiatry school. Today, we had lectures on biomechanics (analysis of foot pathology based […]

— Tea Nguyen

Happy 2010!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! I hope this year’s dropping of the ball in Times Square and flipping of the calendar page brings good tidings of great adventures and personal growth for you. Do you have any resolutions? Plans or goals for the year? Please share!

— Courtney Tompkins