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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

Career outlook

Good news, P.T., P.A. & M.H.A. students or prospective students! U.S. News & World Report picked health policy specialist, physician assistant and physical therapist to be included in their ’30 best careers for 2009′ list.

— Courtney Tompkins

‘Tis the season for giving

Every year DMU students throw a holiday party for residents at the House of Mercy. House of Mercy is an organization sponsored by Mercy Medical Center to assist at-risk women and children. This year’s party was organized by the Pediatrics Club, Women’s Medical Association & American College of Family Practice groups at DMU. The three […]

— Courtney Tompkins

YUM! Food Paradise here in Iowa

If the thought of a warm cinnamon roll covered in delicious frosting gets your mouth watering, you’ll have to try Iowa’s Machine Shed restaurant! The Travel Channel’s show “Food Paradise” has selected the Machine Shed as part of their ‘Best Breakfast in America’ list. The Register reported this great news today.  A great restaurant for […]

— Seth Stevenson

Mourning a great teacher

I do not know much about Roxane Joens-Matre, but with few encounters, it was apparent she enjoyed teaching, which made me enjoy my online class in Social and Behavioral Science with her. She made the time to help many of us on our final project; she organized conference calls to help us sort out our […]

— Tea Nguyen

Interview tips

I was listening in on the residency forum provided by Sigma Sigma Phi where they rounded up current/graduated residents in different programs. One student asked the panel, “What makes for a bad impression from an interviewee?” The answers not only apply to interviews for residency spots but also for prospective students interviewing for medical school […]

— Tea Nguyen

Set, spike, scored $$$ for kids

Two DMU student clubs (The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and Student National Podiatric Medical Association) recently hosted a volleyball tournament to raise money for Camp Hertko Hollow, a summer camp for children with diabetes.

— Courtney Tompkins

Shadowing as a second-year D.P.M. student

Second-year D.P.M. students at DMU have the opportunity get ahead of the curve now and shadow clinicians on campus before rotations. I was there yesterday tagging along with the third-years who made it a positive experience for me and the clinicians who, naturally, were happy to teach and answer all of my questions. I spent […]

— Tea Nguyen

Feet?

I’m in my second year of my podiatric education and have found new appreciation for the profession. If you’re not a podiatrist or a podiatry student, you may be thinking, why did I choose the feet? Well this is a mini-story on my initial reaction about podiatry and where it has taken me up to […]

— Tea Nguyen

Three months already?!

  It’s hard to believe, but I have already been a medical student for three months (that is 1/16 of my med school career if anyone was wondering). In the beginning of August we arrived on campus with our orientation schedules in hand, anxiously awaiting what was to come. At that moment, few of us […]

— Jeremy DeFoe

Honoring veterans

I always look forward to lunch meetings at DMU. Yesterday, we celebrated veterans’ day over lunch and to my surprise, there were many students dressed in their respective uniforms representing their service in the military. I am amazed at how many students there were on active duty or in the reserves. I don’t think there […]

— Tea Nguyen

Happy Veterans’ Day!

  Please take a moment on this veterans’ day to remember those who lost their life while protecting our freedom. Use the day also as a reminder to thank those who have fought or continue to defend our country. The following are active or past members of the United States military at DMU (* denotes […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Raise money/awareness for homeless kids

There’s a great event in Des Moines to address the issue of homeless youth—Reggie’s Sleepout. For one night, teams camp out together with entertainment and frivolity (a lot more fun than a homeless night outdoors) to raise money. In 2006, the event drew in $60,000 and last year it raised $138,000.

— Courtney Tompkins

What talent!!!

It’s no secret that our faculty & students are geniuses producing medical marvels and healing around the world. BUT, did you know they’re also creative & artistic? Check out these amazing photos by Mark, a D.O. student who just wrapped up an international rotation in Mumbai, India. Mark was the student editor of this year’s […]

— Courtney Tompkins