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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