Simple pleasures: chocolate milk!

Of course I can write a whole blog about chocolate milk. This one is particularly special because it covers my three basic needs of milk. 1) Affordable: I got this carton at Hy-Vee for $0.99 and if you go on a Wednesday, the health market items are an additional 10% off. 2) A milk alternative: […]

— Tea Nguyen

Healthcare, a buzz word

The hottest topic of recent debate is President Obama’s focus on some version of a universal health care system. There’s no doubt that the current health system needs a fix but the challenge is how do we fix it? I have no clue but fancy this idea: a paradigm shift in the American attitude towards […]

— Tea Nguyen

A post for a rainy day

What to do in this dreary weather? Bundle up with a good book, that’s what! My new book just came in! “Shattered Silence” is a true story about the daughter of a serial killer. It’s about her life and how she dealt with this horrendous past. I expect it to be an awe-inspiring book. Have […]

— Tea Nguyen

Current reads: Anne Frank’s Diary – The Secret Annex

Something on TV, not exactly sure what it was, prompted me to get my hands on this book. Knowing my reading pace, I wanted to buy the book instead of borrowing it at a public library. (I still haven’t gotten a public library card here.) Naturally, I couldn’t get myself to justify buying a leisure […]

— Tea Nguyen

St. Lucia in summary

My two-week global health rotation in St. Lucia was an amazing experience.  I had the opportunity to work in outpatient and inpatient physical therapy, as well as complete home visits and visit a senior citizens’ home. This was such a great experience because I was challenged by working in a new culture as well as […]

— Lindsay Dean

Apples to Apples!

I didn’t know how many different types of apples exist in this world. I thought the variety was only red and green. Well I learned about the variety of apples when I started to grocery shop for them and when I tagged along with my neighbor buddies, Clint Cummings, D.O. ’11, and wife Brandie (see […]

— Tea Nguyen

Help raise awareness of homeless kids!

Imagine your life now… on your way to a successful career in health care. While there are still challenges to face, your basic needs have always been met. Now imagine if you will, growing up without those basic needs and wonder… would you still be where you are today if you grew up without them? […]

— David Guajardo

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Clemson vs. Georgia Tech. Anybody watch last night? If you did, you were treated to an enjoyable, remarkably close game… that I called. I said it was going to be close and I said it was going to be good. Nailed it. I send an email to my classmates every week with my “What to […]

— Kendall Conder

Stretching the dollar… with water

Did you know you can double the value of your fruit juice drinks simply by adding water? I found there is way too much sugar in a standard serving for fruit drinks like V8 Fusion or even Tropicana’s OJ. So if you want the juice to last a little longer or you want to drink […]

— Tea Nguyen

Scheels 10k (& 1k youth run) is TOMORROW!

If you enjoyed the DMU 5k and are looking for another fun run and a way to contribute to the community, try the Scheels 10k & 1k youth run tomorrow at Jordan Creek Town Center in West Des Moines. Part of the donations from the run will be given to Shoes That Fit, a non-profit […]

— David Guajardo

Physical therapy in St. Lucia

St Lucia has been quite the eye-opening experience on many levels. The health system here, as far as physical therapy is concerned, is very good but needs further development. The people do very well with the resources available to them but they need so much more. We had the opportunity to do some community outreach […]

— Katie Schultz

Did someone say FREE?

Anyone else out there that loves free educational materials? Well do I have the website for you! This website has bunches and bunches of free medical books available to the public and even some anatomy dissecting guides to help compliment your learning experiences as a medical student. Take a whirl and let me know what […]

— Tea Nguyen

Checking in from our St. Lucia rotation

We have completed one week of work here at St. Jude Hospital in St. Lucia and things are going well. Throughout the week we evaluated and treated inpatients and outpatients. We have seen a variety of diagnoses including orthopedic, neurological and wound care. We have also been giving in-services on various topics in the afternoons […]

— Lindsay Dean

Cookin’ up a storm!

I like to cook. When I say I like to cook, really I mean cater because I don’t like to cook for myself and I don’t really like to cook for two… I like cooking for parties of 10 or more. I recently set a record and cooked a three-course meal for thirty people. My […]

— Kendall Conder

Friday Recipe: Turkey Tenderloin

Fire up the grill this weekend and enjoy some grilled turkey tenderloins. The best part about this recipe is it’s super simple. Make the marinade the night before and let the turkey soak up all the good flavors. All you have to do is through it on the grill and enjoy! Marinade Juice of 2 […]

— Andrea Cooley

DMU is Living United

Des Moines University is serious about community service. We do SO many projects every year it’s hard to keep track of them. So when United Way of Central Iowa had a contest for videos describing how an organization “Lives United,” I knew we had to enter. Here’s our video:   What do you think?? United […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Fun run info

I’ve received a few questions this week regarding running resources in Des Moines, so I did a bit of research on the topic. First I thought I’d start by sharing a few of my favorite places to run: To the fridge during commercials, to the mailbox on my birthday and to the ice cream truck […]

— Gina Smith

Bone marrow month

In recognition of Bone Marrow Month, I felt it would be appropriate to share my friend’s story about his battle with leukemia. He’s a strapping young man and was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 25, just two years ago. When I first heard about this, I went straight to the internet to learn […]

— Tea Nguyen

counting the days

  March Madness is finally over. How about that game last night? Pretty sure I just got fouled for even thinking of Tyler Hansbrough. Seriously, you come within a foot of that guy and he’s shooting two.  The good news is college football is only 151 days, 9 hours, 10 minutes and 36 seconds away. […]

— Kendall Conder

Sign me up for that!

  I finished my taxes the other day, which was a great a feat for me. I think this is the third year I’ve done them without parental assistance and I always get a great sense of achievement after finishing them.  I mean, checking boxes and transferring information from a W2 to the computer is […]

— Kendall Conder