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Walk to raise awareness about epilepsy

In a few weeks on Aug. 28, the Iowa Walk for Epilepsy will kick off at 8 a.m. at Merle Hay Mall. You should sign up, organize a team, donate or spread the word! DMU is a proud sponsor of the event and hopes it brings awareness to the struggle many people with epilepsy have. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Victory and a look ahead

We’ve finally done it. We survived high school, we made it through college intact and endured one of the most rigorous academic selection processes in history. But now, all of that’s behind us. Now, we get to enjoy our reward – four years of mind-ripping semesters packed with 26 credits each, a rapid immersion into […]

— Nathan McConkey

Up, up & away!

Friday kicks off the national Hot Air Balloon Classic in Indianola, (a short hop south of Des Moines). This is such a fun, unique event. And if the weather is right, a great thing to do in the evening! It’s only $3 per adult and free for kids 12 or younger. OR bring a whole […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Summer bucket list

Summer is FLYING by way too fast, as it always does. At the start of the season, the best co-workers ever (my buddies here in the marketing department) & I started a “summer bucket list” on our office whiteboard so we would get outdoors a bit, try new places and spend more time together. It’s […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Like to shop on Amazon.com?

What a deal! Free PRIME membership if you have a .edu email address. This includes unlimited free 2-day shipping on books! Plus, what can’t you buy at Amazon? Thanks for the alert, Melissa Odermann, D.O.’11.

— Tea Nguyen

Stats to brag about!

DMU’s podiatric college had some great numbers recently related to the national board & surgical board qualification exams & I wanted to brag a bit about them… •    The first-time pass rate on Part I of the National Board Exam for the CPMS class of 2011 was 98%. The national pass rate was85%. •    The […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Hassle-free moving? There’s a catch.

I just saw this clip on Yahoo and I am amazed! Imagine being a medical student on rotations and not having to worry about where to live – a portable house! Yes, it is less than 100 sq feet (yep, one hundred) but imagine the possibilities. You don’t have to worry about mortgage, utility bills, […]

— Tea Nguyen

Stretching meals

I’ve spent so much money on spices without finding a go-to combination of spice so I’ve resulted to another ultimate lazy meal. You think you get a good meal out of ramen noodles? Try making it into TWO meals. What I’ve done is saving the broth and cooking up another batch of noodles (try egg […]

— Tea Nguyen

Our mobile clinic

Have you seen the big green machine? It’s our new mobile clinic! It’s yet another way we’re providing health outreach to our community. Our Homeless Camp Outreach group uses it and our friends at Free Clinics of Iowa use it as well. Read more in today’s Register! You will see it on Saturday at the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

A history of African American surgeons & global health success

What do those 2 have in common? They’re both topics of displays currently in the DMU Library! The early contributions of African American surgeons is called “Opening Doors” and the exhibit about global health is “Against the Odds.” Both displays come from the National Library of Medicine and can be seen Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Long weekend continues

If you drive by & notice our campus looks quiet today, that’s because we’re closed for an extended holiday weekend. WOOHOO!!! Offices are closed. The Clinic is closed. (If you have an emergency, visit your local ER) Even the Wellness Center is closed. Cya tomorrow! Enjoy this glorious summer day.

— Courtney Tompkins

For the fourth….

There is SO MUCH GOING ON. How to decide what plans to make? Here’s some fun ideas to add to your list: Head to the ballpark to witness a citizenship ceremony, I-Cubs game & fireworks on Sunday, July 4. Yankee Doodle Pops is a huge annual tradition in Des Moines. This year it’s on the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Rotations are fun, but exhausting!

I’ll be the first to admit that I hate sacrificing sleep time (well, who doesn’t?) but sometimes it is not a choice. I’ve always needed an exceptional amount of sleep to be fully functioning the following day, so I knew going into the medical field was going to challenge me physically. I have had a […]

— Tea Nguyen

Art attack!

One of my all-time favorite Des Moines festivals (& I pretty much love ‘em all) is the Des Moines Arts Festival and it’s THIS WEEKEND! The festival runs Friday: 4-10 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. downtown near the sculpture garden. Street parking is free. Browsing is free. There’ll be […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Current read: The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Have you ever read a book that has affected you in some way? My current read is the Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan and I’m only about halfway through it. I am really enjoying the book because it talks about my favorite subject, food, and the agricultural industry too. There were moments in the book […]

— Tea Nguyen

On the road

Whether you are a long-time runner or have a goal to run your first 5K this summer, Des Moines and the surrounding areas have plenty of road races to choose–including DMU’s 3rd annual Run-Day-Voo, August 14. Here are some of our favorites. For a complete list of races, check out Fitness Sports (visit the store […]

— Andrea Cooley

Take a spin around the Des Moines

Now you don’t have to own a bike to enjoy the trails throughout the city. This summer for the first time, Des Moines Parks and Recreation teamed up with Bike World to offer bike rentals at the concession stand at Gray’s Lake Park. You can choose from hybrid, mountain or road bikes in adult and […]

— Andrea Cooley

Fave lazy meal?

I just moved to my new place out in Michigan after getting hitched in California, so it’s been a busy month! Although moving to a new place is really exciting, I don’t have any internet at home. (sad face!) I’m bunking with a buddy too and so to minimize the mess I have limited my […]

— Tea Nguyen

Another awesome survey

We know many of our students don’t choose a school alone and we know they have to find a place that’s right for their spouse and kids too. So great news: Forbes magazine picked the best places to raise a family. Des Moines is #1. That’s pretty darn awesome! It was based on living costs, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Fun, free stuff in Ankeny

Now that our glorious sunshine-y summer is here, catch some free flicks under the stars at the Ankeny bandshell! That’s better than a drive-in! Beginning this Friday, June 4, they’ll show a movie at dusk. This week it’s “Monsters vs. Aliens” and next week it is “Little Giants.” Bring the kids, some lawnchairs or blankets […]

— Courtney Tompkins