DO something!!

I know our students & staff already work hard and give back to the community all the time. BUT I found this cool website called that can connect you to projects in your local area. It might come in handy when you’re in a new town for rotation or residency and want to volunteer.

— Courtney Tompkins

The Bodies exhibit!

The human body is a beautiful, amazing thing! I’m always interested to learn more about how it works and what it really all  looks like under the skin. For that reason I’m excited to hear the “BODIES” exhibition is coming to Omaha, which isn’t that far away. It’s an exhibit of real human bodies preserved […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Help our local shelters!

Saturday has been designated “Shelter Awareness Day” by Iowa’s first lady. This day is designed to remind us all of the constant help needed by our shelters that do so much good. You can sign up to volunteer to help in various ways at

— Courtney Tompkins

Best place for business & careers!

Moving up six places to #1, Des Moines is Forbes’ top pick for business & careers! We were chosen for our strong economic outlook, quality of life, commute time, cost of living, education levels, parks and trails, job and income growth and business costs. No surprise to those of us that live here but it’s […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Thursday: earth day!!

Thursday is earth day so get outside, clean it up, plant something good & enjoy it! Here’s some earthy events: Valley Junction is hosting a full day of activities tomorrow, Sunday! On Thursday, there’s the YPC Trash Bash, beginning at 3 p.m. at Simon Estes Amphitheater. The DSM Botanical Center is offering free admission on […]

— Seth Stevenson

Craft Saturday!

This Saturday, April 17,  noon – 6 p.m., is Craft Saturday!! It’s a really cool indie art & craft fair. Check it out at the Fourth St. Theatre (216 4th St)  next to Java Joe’s in the Court Avenue District. It’s FREE to attend and a good way to support local artists!

— Courtney Tompkins

Your old couch could help someone start a new life

Often when victims of domestic violence flee for safety they have nothing but what they’re currently wearing. The FreeStore is designed to help them start fresh by providing what’s needed to setup a new home. As you’re spring cleaning out your garage or getting ready to move for rotations or residency, think of what you […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Happy public health week!

Watch this video for 2010 National Public Health Week and consider how you can help. A recent survey, commissioned by the American Public Health Association, shows an effort toward improving community health. Results show 64 percent of Americans have already made healthy changes to their lifestyle while 21 percent are thinking about making healthy changes. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

World Malaria Day – April 25

In the U.S. we don’t often worry about contracting disease with flu-like symptoms from a parasite. And yet there are up to 500 MILLION cases and one million deaths from malaria around the world. All from a lil mosquito! What can you do? Learn about malaria, sponsor a bednet and spread the word!

— Courtney Tompkins

Want to host a quilt-in?

Here are the instructions on how to do it, provided by our very own DMU staff, faculty, students and friends from The Crafting for Charity Club. And guess what? They submitted these instructions to and WON a very fancy sewing machine that I know will be put to great use. Kudos to all!

— Tea Nguyen

Time to put your soles to good use!

‘Tis the season to walk, race or run for good causes. Here’s a few coming up… On April 10 you can walk or run to raise money for and awareness about AIDS with The Project’s annual run at DMU. Kickoff is at 10. On April 10, beginning at 8 a.m. you can walk the skywalks […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Free faxes?

I was looking online for a faxing service and came across Has anyone tried it? I do not know if it is safe and if it works but I really needed to fax something today and didn’t want to trek any further than my doorstep to do it for one sheet. There are still […]

— Tea Nguyen

This week’s rotation: internal medicine

As a third-year podiatry student at DMU, we get the opportunity to observe an internal medicine doctor for a week. At first, I didn’t know what was to come and so felt indifferent until I met the doctor I was shadowing. Day one was the hardest for me to adjust to. Since the hospital I […]

— Tea Nguyen

Ugandan students rotating in Des Moines

Two medical students from the University of Makerere in Uganda, Julliet Allen and Gilbert Elijah, will be in Des Moines for an 8-week rotation.  They will arrive on March 20 for a four-week rotation in the DMU Clinic and four-weeks at Mercy Medical Center and will head home on May 14.  Please welcome Julliet and […]

— Courtney Tompkins

What are your passions?

Sorry I have been MIA these past few months, I am a slacking on that new year’s resolution to blog more! Anyways on to my thoughts: I believe everyone has a passion. Something ingrained in their character and something that takes a huge part in shaping who they become. These passions bring out the best […]

— Daley Dodd

Happy St. Patrick’s day!

Surely you’re wearing green or have been pinched by now! St. Patrick’s day has become a fun tradition for the Irish and wannabe-Irish all over. Did you know it actually started as a religious holiday? If you’re interested, check out

— Courtney Tompkins

Will you paint the town green?

Some people always party for St. Patrick’s day. Some people ignore it. Even though I have the Irish blood (in case my red hair & freckles didn’t tip you off..) I don’t generally do much for it. Our family tradition is a bit random but fun – my mom always makes chocolate cake for breakfast […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Crazy combos

Some days, I crave for a snack that comes in pairs like strawberry + Cool-Whip, pretzels + peanut butter, chips + salsa, and especially McDonald’s fries + ice cream cone…really! If you have not tried this sweet and salty pair, give it a try. You might be surprised at how lovely this pair can be. […]

— Tea Nguyen

Funny Bone

If you like standup comedy, and don’t mind a little adult humor, check out The Funny Bone in West Des Moines. I was just there on Saturday evening with some friends and I had a good time just hanging out and getting my funny bone tickled all night long. If you sign up for their […]

— Tea Nguyen