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Is all this stress really necessary?

It is 2 a.m. and you’re thinking to yourself, “How did I get into this situation again?” You know, where you promised yourself you wouldn’t get behind in that subject again. As you come to a full understanding of your circumstances, your heart begins to race because you realize you still have to nail down […]

— Andrew Crisologo

An ounce of prevention: sitting is the silent killer

One day as my focus faded from studying, I thought about how much I had been sitting that day, and how many hours I spend sitting every day. After logging in eight hours of sleep (if I am lucky), I am left with 16 waking-hours. On average, I can tally nine of these hours in […]

— Chris Bolander

Imitation: not just for vanilla

My first bike was pink with a cute basket, a loud bell, streamers coming off the handles, and of course nice big training wheels. Learning to ride a bike is a milestone that comes with many cuts and scrapes. You have to fall in order to learn how far to lean when making a turn. […]

— Shannon Layton

Why you should make friends in grad school

Congrats, you made it to Des Moines University! All your hard work through undergrad has finally paid off. Now that you’re here, you might have noticed your friends didn’t come with you. I was personally shocked when my friends didn’t want to move nine hours way from our hometown to keep me entertained when I […]

— Shannon Layton

So, why feet?

It never fails. Once I tell someone I’m going into medicine, their next question is, “What do you want to do when you finish?” I reply that I’m in the podiatry program at DMU, which leads to the question: “Why feet?” I can understand why they ask this question, as many people have an aversion […]

— Andrew Crisologo

Friday recipe: quin-WHAT?

Whenever I mention to someone that I am going to have a quinoa dish, I normally receive a “what did you just say?” look. Many people have not heard of this pseudo-cereal, but I’m sure they would be pleasantly surprised at the versatility it holds for any number of dishes. One such dish that I […]

— Andrew Crisologo

The final summer

As we come down to the last med-school-free week of our summer, my fellow DO’14s and I will soon resume our busy lives as second-year medical students. With boards awaiting us at the end of this coming year, it’s a distinct possibility that this will have been our last truly free summer before starting our […]

— Nathan McConkey

Reach out and T.O.U.C.H. someone

Like most osteopathic medical schools, Des Moines University participates in a national volunteer recognition program called T.O.U.C.H. I completely forgot what that acronym actually stands for, but the idea is that T.O.U.C.H. is a system designed to reward students who go above and beyond the requirements of their curriculum and use their time in medical […]

— Nathan McConkey

The calm in the storm

While the new class of talented and eager P.A. students has already begun their first year at DMU, we D.O. students are enjoying a much needed break in our training as our summer gets into full swing.  As we all step out into the real world for the first time in months (on the second […]

— Nathan McConkey

Health care fix: “smoke the whole pack”

Finally, just a few days ago, I at last managed to complete the last class for my master’s of public health degree here at DMU. This explains why I haven’t posted in a while – it’s been tough working on two professional degrees at once. I figured that I ought to make it up to […]

— Nathan McConkey

SOS to feed students Saturday

Significant Others Support (SOS), the organization for spouses and significant others of students attending Des Moines University, is hosting its last Feed the Students event for the year this Saturday, April 23, at 9 a.m. in the SEC Commons for second-year medical students who are participating in the Kaplan study course. SOS will offer baked […]

— Michael Drnec

Spring cleaning and buying

Got some stuff to get rid of this season? I found this amazing blog that lists where your goods can go, for the good of someone else. My favorite places are usually the Salvation Army or a local place I volunteer at, the Catholic Worker House, depending on the stuff I’m getting rid of. There […]

— Tea Nguyen

Fourth-year in DMU’s CPMS

Every podiatry school has a unique curriculum regarding rotations during fourth-year. For DMU students, it’s fairly straightforward but is ever-changing year to year. Here’s how it went for the class of 2011. In the middle of your third-year, you select where you want to spend your rotations and you need to fill 11 months, leaving […]

— Tea Nguyen

When are you a doc?

My best friend just told me he thought I was in residency…I wish! But that was my own fault for not clarifying what the path to podiatry really is. He’s in a different field and I forget how confusing medicine can really be for others, even my closest friends. Here’s a quick break down of […]

— Tea Nguyen

Now THAT’s a lunch!

Can anything be more satisfying than making your own bread and mayo that does not contain high fructose corn syrup? I think not! This is my go-to bread recipe, but I cut the recipe in half, didn’t use water for the egg white wash, used the Kitchen Aid stand mixer to mix and knead and only […]

— Tea Nguyen

Michael & Sheila’s Nepali adventures

Namaste! I’m writing this post after just having spoken to my wife from the other side of the world, in Kathmandu, Nepal. On February 21, DMU posted on Facebook about the Global Health program, and how students have the ability to choose rotations in an international setting. I won’t go into that because I don’t […]

— Michael Drnec

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a great match!

The D.O. matches (how a student knows which residency program they’ll be going into) were out on valentine’s day and my husband got the wonderful news that he matched at his #1 choice program for general surgery. I am so excited for him! Of course, part of it was his grades, another part was his […]

— Tea Nguyen

The little things

The road to becoming a physician is a long one indeed. In my personal case, since I’m leaning towards the field of cardiology, I have three years of internal medicine residency followed by three years of cardiology fellowship after finishing my four years of medical school (which, of course, I could only begin after four […]

— Nathan McConkey