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DMU RUN-DAY-VOO

How can you even try to resist saying that over & over again?  It’s such a fun name and I’m sure it’ll be a fun event! This is the first-EVER race for DMU. It’ll start and end in front of the Academic Center, 3440 Grand Ave. The Aug. 9 race begins at 6:30 a.m. (yeah, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Honor society induction at DMU recognizes leadership, compassion

(Des Moines, IA) – Medical school isn’t just about learning anatomy, biology, pharmacology and more. It’s also about learning how to care for patients as fellow human beings. It’s learning interpersonal skills, compassion, ethics and leadership. Des Moines University has an entire department dedicated to teaching such skills. To emphasize just how much priority is […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Butter what?

It’s official, this year’s state fair butter statue has been announced!! In addition to this year’s butter cow at the fair, there will be a butter Shawn Johnson! Details here! I should back up a moment for those of you new to Iowa… We LOVE our state fair in Iowa. It’s the best state fair […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Happy Independence Day!

Happy birthday America! Hope today finds every one of you celebrating the freedom and privileges we have in the U.S. and enjoying time with family and friends! photo by mc_lemore

— Courtney Tompkins

Place to go, things to do, people to see

When I was a kid I knew that saying “I’m bored” would mean a chore list from mom – maybe that’s why I’m so adept at finding things to do and never being bored as an adult! But since I tend to hear other people resort to summer boredom, here’s some fun upcoming events to […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Research spotlight: Wayne Wilson

Wayne Wilson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Des Moines University in the biochemistry & nutrition department specializing in metabolic regulation. When Wilson was 5 years old, he was given a toy microscope to play with and ever since he can remember, he has always dreamed of becoming a scientist. In June 2008, Dr. Wilson […]

— Seth Stevenson

Public Health Program success!

The Council on the Education of Public Health (CEPH) has granted the Des Moines University Public Health Program full accreditation for a period of seven years. Knowing the importance of the program to the public health community, to Des Moines University and our students, Dr. Wendy Ringgenberg, program director, has been working tirelessly to ensure […]

— Courtney Tompkins

You can purchase MRI CD software designed by DMU prof, student

(Des Moines, IA) – Learning MRI anatomy is not easy regardless of your training, experience or education. And for that reason, a physician-professor from Des Moines University (DMU) decided to put his head together with DMU podiatric students and an anatomist to develop MRI Of The Foot & Ankle Made Simple, a CD software program. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Explore your way at Discover DMU Day July 2

(Des Moines, IA) – We’re not big fans of boring tours and monotonous presentations, plus that wouldn’t represent our school very well. So we instead came up with Discover DMU Day, a dynamic, hands-on, action-packed, open house-style event for prospective students. Discover DMU Day is exactly as the name describes – a way for you […]

— Courtney Tompkins

More things to do in Des Moines!

I have been remiss, dear readers, in not blogging already about this coming weekend. There is SO much going on, I can’t wait! I will not miss the Arts Festival! Free to attend, it runs Fri-Sun, includes gorgeous displays of art, live music, fireworks, interactive activities and food vendors all over. An annual DSM event […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Ice cream addicts welcome in Iowa

I love ice cream. Other than mint chip,  I haven’t met any ice cream I dislike. If someone came up with an ice cream diet, I’d try it. My great-grandpa ran a dairy decades ago, my mom grew up eating ice cream from his freezer and we’ve joked that we have ice cream in our […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Life as an Iowan

Just thought you’d enjoy this glimpse into how cool Iowans are… The “medical student” in the story is none other than DMU’s Laura Finell, D.O. class of 2010! Thanks, Laura, for being a nice example of compassion within the community. Click the image of the article to read more.

— Courtney Tompkins

Read what an alum had to say in USA Weekend about GERD

We love, love, love seeing our graduates doing good and being heard. In today’s special mid-week edition of USA Weekend, several health topics were covered. The myths/reality of GERD was covered by one of our grads. YAY! USA Weekend-health edition (link no longer exists).  

— Courtney Tompkins

Faculty honored

Nominated by their peers and selected by the Des Moines University Faculty Welfare Committee, the following faculty were honored with annual awards: Kathy Mercuris, P.T., D.H.S., received the 2008 Outstanding Service Award Traci A. Bush, P.T. , OTR/L, D.H.S., received the 2008 Outstanding Teacher Award Gary Hoff, D.O., received the 2008 Excellence in Scholarship Award […]

— Courtney Tompkins

A glimpse into life as an Iowan

Click to read article. Article reprinted from Des Moines Register with permission from author, Jean Logan. 2008. (The “medical student” in the story is none other than DMU’s Laura Finell, D.O. class of 2010! Thanks, Laura, for being a nice example of compassion within the community.)

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU is staying dry

Contrary to the latest CNN headline, all of Des Moines is NOT evacuating. The entire state is waist-deep in rain water (that’s not an exaggeration for some areas!) and Des Moines’ downtown is undergoing a voluntary evacuation right now. But worry not, current or prospective student, community member, alumni or friend! Des Moines University is […]

— Courtney Tompkins

JoAnn Williams joins Des Moines University

(Des Moines, Iowa) – JoAnn R. Williams of Des Moines recently joined Des Moines University to be a clerkship coordinator for the podiatric medicine program. She was previously a credentialing coordinator for The Iowa Clinic in Des Moines.

— Courtney Tompkins

Sue Huppert joins Des Moines University

(Des Moines, Iowa) – Sue Huppert of Des Moines recently joined Des Moines University as the director of development. She was previously a major accounts sales manager for Xerox in West Des Moines.

— Courtney Tompkins

Like music to my ears…

There’s a brand new event in DSM that has everyone hyped up. It’s called 80/35 (Referring to DSM being at the intersections of I-80 and I-235) and it’s a music fest that sounds amazing. Local and national acts will come together to play in a park downtown. It all goes down July 4 & 5 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

A review of the first year

I just finished my first year at DMU as a podiatry student and I thought this blog would be the perfect opportunity to reflect on my experiences and to share any advice for those that are considering DMU, Des Moines and podiatry school. I am from Pittsburgh, PA, so it was quite a move to […]

— Courtney Tompkins