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Easter brunch

Easter is quickly approaching! (Maybe not so quickly for those of you who gave up something for Lent!) Whether you celebrate in church or on a lawn with Easter eggs, or both, you’ll have to eat! Check out this Metromix list of Easter brunches. If I weren’t planning to make a meal out of Cadbury eggs, […]

— 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

counting the days

  March Madness is finally over. How about that game last night? Pretty sure I just got fouled for even thinking of Tyler Hansbrough. Seriously, you come within a foot of that guy and he’s shooting two.  The good news is college football is only 151 days, 9 hours, 10 minutes and 36 seconds away. […]

— Kendall Conder

Quilting for good

guest post by Barb Boose, editor of DMU Magazine When 14 DMU students, two faculty, two alumni and four others took a medical service trip to El Salvador in March, they took 30 quilts with them, thanks to the Crafting for Charity Club.  The club was organized last year by DMU employees, all enthusiastic crafters […]

— Seth Stevenson

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

Research spotlight: Roy Lidtke

Roy H. Lidtke, D.P.M., CPed, FACFAOM, is clinical associate professor of podiatric medicine specializing in lower extremity biomechanics Lidtke started his research career here at Des Moines University after completing his residency. He started the Human Performance Lab as a joint research lab to study gait and motion. He was then recruited to start a gait […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Fritz Nordengren

My research is in learning preferences and the needs and differences of solitary learners and social learners. It begins with Myers Briggs Type Indicator® preferences and expands to explore how to best assist health care students as they switch from social learning environments in their cohorts to individual learning environment while on rotations. Current projects […]

— Seth Stevenson

Anatomy word of the month: pudendal nerve

Pudendal comes from a Latin word meaning, “to be ashamed”. Interesting that this term is an archaic reference to the external genitalia. Obviously, the association of “shame” to “private parts”, those areas that should be hidden from view whether with a fig leaf or clothing, stems from ancient times. However, the term is still used […]

— Bill Dyche

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

The fair lineup!

So the other day I asked, via DMU’s Facebook page, what you’d like to see on our blog. One of my friends in the admissions department, Jean, pointed out that the Iowa State Fair has released their lineup for this summer’s fair. HOLY canoli, how did I miss sharing that news?! I’m glad Jean has […]

— Courtney Tompkins

2009 CPMS research day winners

The winners of the 2009 CPMS Research Day poster and case presentations have been announced. Congratulations to everyone who won, and thanks to all who participated in making the event a success. The winners are: Student Category: Ankle joint stiffness in plantar fasciitis subjects versus control Jonathan Thompson, D.P.M. ’11; Jeremy Tilton, D.P.M. ’09; Matt Wettstein, D.P.M. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

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

Where has that been?

 Gross! Stick this in your file of ‘things we shouldn’t have to tell you’ and note it!  I’ve witnessed people doing strange things with their eye contacts…by strange I mean sticking it in their mouth to moisten it and putting it back in their eye! I’ve seen my friends do this – yes, even medical […]

— Tea Nguyen

Historic art right down the street

Guest post by Josh Kvinlaug-Lewis from the admissions office Sometimes it’s easy to forget that DMU is just 12 blocks away from a renowned art museum. The Des Moines Art Center is less than a mile west of campus on Grand Avenue, yet I rarely visit the museum, despite driving past it every week. Last […]

— Joshua Kvinlaug

City eye candy

Boy I dunno how I didn’t know about this before… There’s a cool ‘Des Moines picture of the week’ online. Check it out!! The same site has some cool city stats and deals on downtown restaurants! Also on the DMU Facebook page you can now find our ‘favorite pages’ in the left-side column and click […]

— 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