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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

A trip to Tanzania

Dr. Yogi Shah is DMU’s associate dean of global health. Always going so many directions and working on so many great projects, he’s hard to keep up with some days!  Global health is a department that’s just exploding with growth and opportunities. Our students, staff, faculty & University friends have many ways they can contribute […]

— Courtney Tompkins

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

Good eats

If you read my blog entries even on a semi-regular basis, you’ll realize I’m pretty food-obsessed. Can’t help it – there’s just so many yummy things to eat around here!

— Courtney Tompkins

Research spotlight: Pat Buchanan

Patricia A. Buchanan, Ph.D., ATC, P.T., GCFT, is an associate professor at Des Moines University in the doctor of physical therapy program specializing in motor development. Her lifelong interests in sports, health, and the sciences have shaped her studies and professional experiences: from physical education, to athletic training, to physical therapy and beyond. While in her […]

— Seth Stevenson

Honor for research

DMU D.O. student Jason Sebesto was recently selected as one of five (FIVE out of 235 entries) winners of the American College of Physicians 2009 National Medical Students Abstract Competition. He will present his abstract “MRSA Detection of Colonized Needless Catheter Ports Using Real-Time PCR” at the April convention.  Jason began this research project with Jeff […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Braggin’ on an alum

’96 CPMS grad Michael S. Lee, D.P.M., FACFAS, was recently named president-elect of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). (ACFAS has 6,000+ members. It’s a big deal!) “ACFAS is a forum and network of the best and the brightest minds in the field of podiatric surgery, and I am honored to be granted […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU alum chosen as president-elect for ACFAS

(Des Moines) – Des Moines’ Michael S. Lee, D.P.M., FACFAS, was named president-elect of the 6,000-member American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). Dr. Lee is a 1996 graduate of Des Moines University’s College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. He is a current clinical associate professor at Des Moines University (DMU) and supervises students […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Piggy love

We call all three of our guinea pigs our babies. They are in so many ways – they eat, poop, whine & sleep (repeat daily). But they are a joy to have around the apartment. Our first concern moving out to Des Moines was finding apartments that accept small animals. We wanted to be near […]

— Tea Nguyen

PA – not just a nickname for your dad

What’s a physician assistant? It’s not a physician‘s assistant. A physician assistant (or PA) is a licensed medical professional that can give care in medical offices, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and more. They can take medical histories, perform exams, give immunizations, do simple suturing and cast uncomplicated fractures or perform minor surgeries. They can order […]

— Courtney Tompkins

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

Losing weight in a healthy way!

The Des Moines Register had a great piece yesterday, Losing Weight: How they did it, about 3 local women who changed their diet & exercise plans to lose weight/live healthier.  Dr. Melita Schuster from the DMU Clinic offered up some tips for the article. She suggested cutting all pop, drinking more water, cutting foods with […]

— 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

Food, glorious food

What a joy! I think I found my new favorite restaurant in downtown Des Moines. The place is called Centro (pronounced Chen-tro) and they serve pastas and pizzas and everything I like.  I started off with the steamed mussels appetizer which tastes like it’s bathed in butter blended with sweet roma tomatoes. Oh so juicy and […]

— Tea Nguyen

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