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Medical outreach in El Salvador

For a week and a half this past summer, I took part in Des Moines University’s medical service trip to El Salvador. Twelve other DMU students and ten faculty embarked on this experience with me. Virtually all programs were represented in the trip, with eight second-year D.O.s, a first-year D.O., a PA student, a P.T. […]

— Seth Stevenson

A run, a reunion and return to the fair!

This weekend is big for DMU. Big tents, big crowds, big fun! Tomorrow is the beginning of our first-ever all-classes, all-colleges unified Reunion. There’s lots of great things planned for alumni and their guests. On Saturday, bright and early,we’re holding our first 5k race, the DMU Run-Day-Voo!  Sign up by midnight tonight or in person Friday, Aug. 8, 5:30-7:30 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU is tops!

DMU has offered free physicals to local kids for years and years. This year we partnered with local cardiology groups, a dental group and others to form Des Moines University TOPS (team of physicians for students) and offer really in-depth sports physicals. The first TOPS physical fair was Saturday and in six hours, nearly 400 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Random acts for charity

Every year the DMU Pediatric Club hosts a Variety Show. This year’s show was April 3. Our students, as usual, were great. They totally put themselves out there, showing off impressive, crazy and random skills. All money raised goes to Shoes That Fit, a charity that provides shoes, coats, clothes and other necessities for local […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Will Wonders Never Cease?!

This whole medical school thing is a real hoot! Medical students spend time all their time attending lectures, studying notes, reading textbooks, taking tests, practicing “fake patient” interviews, getting certified in this and that, and a multitude of other activities.  I dare you to ask any medical student if they have ever wondered, “Why am […]

— Seth Stevenson

March Madness Recap

March has always been one of my favorite months. When I think of March, I think of two things: my birthday on March 27 and March Madness. “March Madness” refers to the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament. What makes it so great is the unpredictability and the excitement of the games. Take this year, for instance […]

— Seth Stevenson

A glimpse into the life of a D.P.M. student

Hello! I’m Brian Dix from the D.P.M. 2011 class. About me – I grew up in Sioux Falls, SD, about 4 hours from Des Moines, and attended South Dakota State University. I have been married to my beautiful wife Amy for a year on April 14. (Note to self: get her flowers or be in the doghouse!) […]

— Seth Stevenson

Highest paid professions

Money isn’t everything, but it sure is nice! Luckily for lots of our grads, there’s money to be made in the medical field! Forbes rated the 25 best-paying jobs recently. 1 is anesthesiologist 2 is surgeons 3 is obstetricians & gynecologists 6 is general internists 8 is psychiatrists 9 is family and general practitioners 11 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Why Des Moines is the best place to live in the entire world

Des Moines truly is a great place to live. It is safe, small, fun, and still has all of the “big city attractions.” One of the things that is a lot of fun is the downtown farmers’ market. It’s a big street fair-type event held every Saturday, May-October. The food is amazing and they have […]

— Seth Stevenson

Forbes likes DSM

Those of us that live in Des Moines, either to work at DMU or attend this great school, know that our city rocks. It’s still always nice to hear the sentiment from others. Check out what Forbes mag said about Des Moines: Great things about Des Moines

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU students rock!

On March 27 at 7 p.m. in Lecture Hall 1, DMU students will host a Wii Sports tourney. It costs $3 to play bowling, boxing or tennis or $8 for the triathalon. On April 1 at 5 p.m. in Lecture Hall 1, DMU students are hosting a Wii Guitar Hero tourney. It costs $5 to […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Public health workers needed!

The U.S. will need 250,000 more public health workers by 2020, according to a new study by the Association of Schools of Public Health. Schools of public health will have to train three times the current number of students, for the next 12 years, to meet the need, Read the full report: ASPH study DMU […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Student Focus

My husband interviewed at five different medical schools – Des Moines University was the only school who focused on the student’s needs. When Aaron arrived at DMU, he was shocked at all the modern conveniences the campus was equipped with. Out of all the schools, DMU was the only one who made sure the students […]

— Seth Stevenson

Brrrr

DMU has a bit of a cycling culture, and for several years now, we have sponsored a group of riders on the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI), which takes place the last full week of July – often the hottest week of the year. So it seems somehwat fitting to invite DMU […]

— Seth Stevenson

“My trip to Belize” by Stephen Badke, D.O. student

Some of the unique opportunities available at Des Moines University are international rotations and medical mission trips. In July 2007, I traveled to the Stann Creek District of Belize, Central America as part of a group of 21 students and clinicians. The trip served as an excellent opportunity to provide remote underserved populations with medical […]

— Andrea Cooley