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We like spring break too!

Because we work for a University, everyone always assumes we get spring break vacation just like the students. This is not true, in fact spring break is actually a very busy time for us in the admission office. Even though we’re busy, we try to take a little time for spring break fun so we […]

— Gina Smith

Psoriatic Onychopachydermoperiostitis

Did the title of this post make you raise your eyebrow a bit? Do you know what it means? I don’t. But I bet if you’re a DMU CPMS student, you know what it is! And whether you’re a current or prospective student, you’d probably be interested in reading Dr. Mahoney’s piece about it in […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Aww, Des Moines, we love thee!

Yay! MSNBC picked Des Moines as one of the top 10 best midsize metro areas to live. (comparing 124 cities in 20 categories). The highest scores went to well-rounded cities with “healthy economies, light traffic, moderate costs of living, impressive housing stocks and strong educational systems.”  Des Moines was highlighted as a great place for […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Benefit for transplant patient

Having an organ transplant is scary. Donating an organ is scary. Donating an organ for your own son’s transplant must be dreadfully frightening. It’s also expensive. And for that reason, and to show our support, my husband & I will be at the “Transplant for Trae” benefit on Saturday.  Trae is only 17 months old. He was […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Doing good in El Salvador over spring break

by Barb Boose, DMU Magazine editor Last summer, Jonathan Thompson, a podiatric medical student at DMU, spent a steamy week in El Salvador, seeing 50 to 70 patients a day. He was one of 14 DMU students on a medical service trip organized by the DMU Global Health Program and the Comandos de Salvamento, a […]

— Courtney Tompkins

My mouth is watering…

Today begins spring break here at DMU. Not only does this mean the campus is quiet but it also means the cafeteria is closed. I love lunching with my DMU marketing co-workers and so we’re working on our list of places to grab lunch this week. Juice had a piece about Tumea & Sons restaurant last […]

— Courtney Tompkins

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 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

News & notes

I hope this blog finds all you readers enjoying your week and being productive. I know there’s a lot going on at DMU as students tie up loose ends before spring break. We have a group of 24 students/staff/faculty spending their spring break in El Salvador giving care to those in need. Stay tuned for […]

— Courtney Tompkins


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

Des Moines University, Drake partner to promote health law careers

(Des Moines) – Health care and legal issues are becoming more intertwined. In recognition of that, two respected universities have partnered to offer a joint program track to prepare graduate students for careers in health law. Drake University Law School and Des Moines University (DMU) now offer joint Master of Health Care Administration or Master […]

— Courtney Tompkins

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