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DSM – eat your heart out!

I have to admit, before moving to Des Moines I had a lot of misconceptions about the city. As a self-professed fan of all things gourmet, finding great food was definitely on my shortlist. Coming from a city (Cleveland) that’s home to an Iron Chef (Michael Symon), I had high expectations, and Des Moines hasn’t […]

— David Lay

Get your global health questions answered!

Have you wondered about going on a medical service trip or thought about an international rotation? If considering either of those options leaves you with more questions, we have a page for you! Check out the DMU Global Health dept.’s FAQs! This page will tell you about the application process, costs, available options, vaccinations, insurance […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Food, glorious food!

Everyone that knows me knows I love to eat and try new foods. That should explain to you why a festival in Des Moines this weekend is one of my favorites. It’s the World Food Festival! The street festival is held in the East Village and includes 30 locally-owned vendors with food of all ethnicities. All […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Free screenings for seniors on Nov. 1

(Des Moines, IA) – Adults 50 and older are invited to Des Moines University’s Senior Health Fair for free health screenings on November 1, from 8 a.m. to noon. In the Student Education Center, 3300 Grand Avenue, seniors can get free blood glucose, blood pressure and bone density screenings. Students and physicians will be doing […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Celebrate national PA week!

It’s National PA Week!  Here are some ideas if you are looking for ways to celebrate!  Apply to the DMU PA Program! Watch a video of a current DMU PA student Find out how many PAs are in practice across America Send your favorite PA a greeting card! Enjoy your week!

— Gina Smith

Have your aches, pains treated for free while learning about osteopathic medicine

(Des Moines, IA) – The public is invited to experience first-hand the benefits of osteopathic medicine at Des Moines University’s OMM Community Night on October 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. In the Student Education Center, 3300 Grand Avenue, D.O. students will provide free full-body structural and muscular assessments and treatments, part of osteopathic manipulative […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Takin’ this show on the road

Every fall, the admission representatives from Des Moines University travel the nation in search of the best and brightest future students.  In the next month we will visit California, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wisconsin.  If you are interested in attending an event and chatting with a DMU admission […]

— Gina Smith

Diabetes Screenings

Students from DMU’s College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery will be providing diabetes-related foot screenings at the upcoming “Taking Control of Your Diabetes” conference on Saturday, October 25 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Polk County Convention Center. The hands-on session will be lead by James Mahoney, D.P.M. and several select students. The sessions […]

— Courtney Tompkins

What is my role in public health?

If you have a baby in Iowa, get ready for a crash course in public health awareness! In the past few months I’ve completed quite a few surveys for the Iowa Department of Public Health regarding the birth of my son.  I’ve answered numerous questions about my prenatal care, my ability to provide a car seat […]

— Gina Smith

Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines

It’s been about one month since classes started for most of our clinical programs at DMU,  and it’s tempting to just sit around congratulating ourselves for all the hard work done in the past year. We enrolled a great group of students and we’re pretty proud of them!  But always the forward thinkers, all of […]

— Gina Smith


Today, 9-11, is a somber date for our country. Today marks the seventh year since the terrifying tragedies in Washington, D.C., and Manhattan. As we reflect on where we were when we heard, how things have changed since that day and how many lives have been lost or changed, DMU remembers one of our own […]

— Courtney Tompkins

A doggone good time

This weekend you can attend the annual Des Moines Dog Shows, Obedience Trials & Rally for free at the Varied Industries Building on the state fairgrounds. The event runs today through Sunday and includes approx. 2000 dogs from 45 states+other countries!  It’s a really fun thing to watch if you’re a fan of man’s best […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Unite to grow understanding, fight cancer

Tomorrow at 7 p.m. (Iowa time), ABC, NBC & CBS will stand together to Stand Up To Cancer.  Tune into any of those networks to see it. A first-time event, the Stand Up project is funded by the American Association for Cancer Research and aims to bring together researchers in the fight to understand and beat cancer. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

High demand for PAs

A new report from careerbuilder, just out today, lists a few growing career fields. Luckily for our students, the demand for physician assistants is expected to increase by 27% by the year 2016! By then, eight years from now, there are expected to be 83,000 PAs.

— Courtney Tompkins

Research spotlight: Vassilios Vardaxis

Vassilios G. Vardaxis, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Des Moines University in the doctor of physical therapy program specializing in human biomechanics and gait analysis. His interest in human movement studies started as a young athlete back in Greece, he started his research career in sports biomechanics at McGill University in Montreal Canada studying the […]

— Seth Stevenson

Stats on DSM’s superiority

In case you’re still not convinced that Des Moines is the awesomest (yep, that’s right, I make my own words) place to live, here’s a few recent reports that back me up….in case you don’t take my word for it. ha! The ACCRA Cost of Living Index reports the average cost of living for 311 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Vroom, vroom.

If you love to drool over shiny chrome and see the newest sets of wheels, as my husband does, check out the open house Sept. 6 at Big Barn Harley Davidson. From 11 a.m. til 10 p.m., you can browse their bikes. There’s a BBQ from 11-2 and live music begins at 1 p.m. They’ll have […]

— Courtney Tompkins