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Instant doc, just add med school

With Thanksgiving break rapidly approaching, I feel as though I ought to share a peculiar observation with my friends and classmates before they return home to visit with loved ones. Though we still have quite a ways to go on our quest to become doctors, many of our friends and family members believe the change […]

— Nathan McConkey

Senior Health Fair

Saturday is a GREAT annual event at DMU — the Senior Health Fair! From 8 until noon, our students, along with some students from Drake & ISU, will give up their own time to help citizens 50 and older. I think students from all nine of our programs are involved in some way. Free screenings, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

The flow of being a student

Life as a first-year student has been all about flow and in my first weeks I had none. Switching gears from working all day to attending school all day was tough in the fact that everyday we had a different class schedule. Throw in remembering lab clothes, a lunch, student ID, classmate names, locker combos […]

— Jubil Young

A scoop a day

Second-year D.P.M. student Nettie Bartel writes about one of her favorite foods & shares the best places in Des Moines to satisfy your sweet tooth: There are some foods exceptionally superior to others that they deserve their own food group. For my family and I, it’s ice cream.  It was a part of any celebration […]

— Andrea Cooley

New partnership with IA Dept. for Blind

Our third- and fourth-year osteopathic medical students do rotations through various medical specialties for hands-on learning. A new partnership between DMU and the Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) will also allow our students two week rotations within IDB learning what it’s like to be blind. Our students will sit in classes alongside folks losing […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Reach out and read!

This Saturday some of our students & staff are helping out with a really cool initiative called Reach Out & Read Iowa.It’s a local branch of the nat’l “Reach Out & Read” program that provides books for medical professionals to give to children, up to 5 years old, who might otherwise not have much encouragement […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Pink ribbon, great reminder or distractor?

It’s October, breast cancer month, and everything is pink. Is that a good or bad thing? Do pink shoes and pink mixers increase screenings & further research or does it just raise awareness? What kind of awareness really aids the fight against cancer? Some of these questions are raised in a recent New York Times […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Gettin’ comfy with carbs

Do you ever have an intense craving for carbs after an exhausting day of work? This recipe might be for you. It’s pretty simple and you can throw whatever veggies you want in it. I was craving black beans so I chucked a whole can into a pound of ground beef on a wok (love […]

— Tea Nguyen

Food festival this weekend!

Friday kicks off my all-time favorite outdoor festival in Des Moines, The World Food Festival!! If you’ve read this blog for awhile, you know that means a lot – I love festivals & I love to eat! This event is held in the streets of the East Village. It runs 11 a.m-10 p.m. Friday & […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Global Health conference

On October 13, our global health department and the Heartland Global Health Consortium are again hosting an awesome conference. This year’s topic, “the influence of agriculture on global health,” ties really nicely to the World Food Prize conference going on at the same time in Des Moines. Some of the speakers and attendees will be […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Important guest

On Wednesday, Sept. 29 (which is probably today for most readers), DMU has a special guest presenting at noon in the Student Education Center auditorium. Vice Admiral Adam M. Robinson, Jr., M.D., will be speaking about the Navy’s humanitarian aid ships, U.S. Comfort & U.S. Mercy. I’m not in the military and don’t know that […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Like a great monster panting for breath…

Dr. William Child, a surgeon in the civil war, once wrote that “After a great battle, the whole Army is like a great monster panting for breath.” The same could be said for a class of medical students after a difficult exam. Indeed, I like to think that Dr. Child drew from his own experience […]

— Nathan McConkey

Rain, rain, go away!

Come again some other day, preferably not anytime soon!  This week has been a sloppy wet mess! I’ve heard people with kids lamenting that they can’t play outside. So what do you do when it’s rainy or (I know it’s not fun to think about yet) snowy and you can NOT play one more board […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Get a job!

Today is the annual PT & other health profession job fair at DMU. It’s 1-4 p.m. in the Olsen Medical Education Center. Free & open to all! Come meet health-related employers who NEED YOU!

— Courtney Tompkins

Lunch event TODAY, Thursday!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a HUGE fan of Summerfield’s cafeteria, especially with all their fancy new updates & entree options. BUT sometimes it’s nice to get away over lunch & today is such a day…. Luckily for you there is a cool event downtown you should go to TODAY (Thursday, 9/16). It’s called “Destination […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Behavioral med in video games

So med school has definitely started picking up at this point – we’ve already had several exams, with three more to come in the next two weeks (including our first anatomy exam, which consists of two parts totaling four hours combined). I must say, they’ve certainly begun to lose their novelty. In undergrad, tests are […]

— Nathan McConkey

Bucket list?

I know, I know, the movie is now old news but the term has stuck! Des Moines’ Juice Magazine recently did a feature called “I never…” in which staffers tried new things & reflected on some cool things they had done in the past. Which lead me to wonder what all of you had on […]

— Courtney Tompkins

It’s September already?

You haven’t heard from me for a little while because I haven’t done anything new (still on rotations in Michigan) I haven’t cooked anything new (still eating frozen food) The dog has consumed my free time But I have started a new audible book with the cheesy title, “How to Win Friends & Influence People” […]

— Tea Nguyen

Some deals & steals!

I love to get good deals & be as thrifty as possible and I’m sure you do too so I had to share some new finds…. Restaurant.com – here’s a site I am GLAD finally has some Des Moines participants! I always heard of folks using it but there weren’t enough good local places participating […]

— Courtney Tompkins

So wrong & yet so right….

It was wrong…it was scandalous…it may or may not have been some incarnation of evil itself. And yet, I still couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try it. On one hand, it was the most diabolical creation in all of the culinary arts, and it might single-handedly oppose all that I work for as a […]

— Nathan McConkey