Holiday fun begins…

It’s rare in Iowa to be this far into the winter season without seeing the white stuff or being completely bundled up. Still, you wouldn’t expect to be able to enjoy a farmers’ market in November! But you can! Friday & Saturday is the first winter market-version of the popular downtown Saturday event. Held indoors […]

— Courtney Tompkins

They want your blood!

No, no, this isn’t some crazy post to coincide with society’s obsession with vampires… The Women’s Medical Alliance is sponsoring a blood drive @ DMU this Friday, Nov. 20, 11-4, in Ryan Hall #178. Sign up today to make a difference by donating blood! To schedule an appointment please click here, then click on ‘Search […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Fourth-year rotations… check!

Well, for me anyway. I’ve always enjoyed going wherever the wind blows and making the most of new experiences. But the month of October was really tense when my applications were sent to various programs and the only thing I could do from then on is wait idly by my email waiting for a response. […]

— Tea Nguyen

Halloween or paw-lloween

I think Halloween is mostly to entertain the adults. I tried dressing up my guinea pig as a mummy, but I don’t think she appreciated the holiday as much as I did. (hehehe)

— Tea Nguyen

Friday recipe: crockpot maple dijon chicken

I recently discovered the blog A Year of Slow Cooking. It’s written by a woman who made a New Year’s resolution to use her crock pot every day for a year. I’m always looking for new crock pot recipes. Usually I make pot roast or soup, but I know there’s more I could by cooking […]

— Andrea Cooley

Helping at the health fair

This past Saturday I was a part of the free senior health fair at DMU. There were nineteen DMU student groups helping put on this health fair. The health fair was open to anyone above the age of 50 and offered numerous stations that they could visit to assess their health. With supervision from clinicians, […]

— Daley Dodd

Cuteness break!

Set the book aside & take a break this week to smile. Thursday is Fall Brew @ the zoo. A 21+ event, it costs $15 for zoo members. Sounds like fun! Or just take time to go visit the animals. They’re open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. now through February. Check out this Blank Park […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Wellness all around us.

According to Gallup poll results, Iowa is the 4th highest state in well-being. Does that seem surprising or is it what you’d expect? What do you think contributes to our overall wellness? Is it access to fresh fruits & veggies? Locally-grown meats and fresh dairy products? Is it our friendliness and attitude of helping our […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: fresh tomato basil pizza

If there’s a healthy way to enjoy pizza I’m all for it. I can’t resist cheese, tomatoes and a crispy crust. What’s your favorite pizza topping? Here’s a great alternative to greasy carry out: Ingredients: 1 (14-ounce) Italian cheese-flavored pizza crust (such as Boboli) 2 teaspoons olive oil ½ cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan […]

— Andrea Cooley

The real life adventures of Daley Dodd

So I decided that my blogging isn’t really giving you a good look into all the sides of the life of “Daley Dodd.” If you know me well than you know that anything bad/extremely embarrassing/fantastically hilarious usually happens to me. The things most people would be terribly embarrassed make me just about die laughing…so I […]

— Daley Dodd

Like a Charlie-horse to my brain!

Medical school has a way of strengthening one side of the brain (the logical side). However, if you manifest this strength in physical terms, having a huge right arm for example, you’re going to be lopsided, which is how my brain currently feels. The creative side of my brain, the left arm, is slowly cramping […]

— Tea Nguyen

Bryan Larsen, Ph.D. Receives Beehler Research Mentor of the Year Award.

The American Osteopathic Foundation recently honored Bryan Larsen, Ph.D., DMU’s dean of university research and biomedical graduate studies, with the $5,000 Beehler Research Mentor of the Year Award. It recognizes outstanding excellence in osteopathic research mentorship, an essential part of the learning experience for students, interns, residents and young practitioners.

— Seth Stevenson

Drug drop-off

This past Saturday some of the students from my class joined members of the National Guard and helped collect expired drugs that people wanted to get rid of. We helped at the Pleasant Hill Fire department for 4 hours. There were pills upon pills delivered to us that are now out of the homes of […]

— Daley Dodd

Turtle power!

Remember back in the day when you used to gather around the TV and watch 4 turtles fight the bad boys? Well, we stepped back in time this weekend and honed in on that turtle power. Me and three of my classmates dressed up as the Ninja Turtles and it was a blast. I was […]

— Daley Dodd

Malpractice Bowl

Lawyers may be good with words and winning arguments but they get their butts kicked in FOOTBALL!!! Each fall the students from DMU play a flag football game against Drake Law students. They call this the Malpractice Bowl because that’s one thing we have in common with the law students. As medical professionals, we run […]

— Daley Dodd

Free health screenings at DMU for seniors Saturday, Nov. 7

Flu shots will not be available at Saturday’s Des Moines University Senior Health Fair as previously expected. The fair will go on as planned. Due to the Polk County Health Department’s vaccine shortage, they had to cancel all upcoming flu shot clinics until their supply is refreshed. “We, of course, wish we could offer flu […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Inspirational grad!

Martin Diamond, D.O.’62,  is an example of one of our amazing alums. Dr. Diamond’s passion for serving the underserved stems from his own experiences growing up as one of the few white Jewish kids in his mostly African-American neighborhood. He continued as an ardent champion of opportunity for the oppressed and persecuted, in the Army, […]

— Andrea Cooley

Anatomy word of the month: torcular herophili

There are two major categories of anatomical terms: those that are simply descriptive as to shape, size, color, function and eponyms, the practice of honoring those who discover or first describe a structure by applying their name to it (e.g. pancreatic duct vs. duct of Wirsung). The problem with eponyms is that they do not […]

— Bill Dyche

Friday recipe: healthy pumpkin cake

Looking for a healthy way to enjoy seasonal goodies? Add a can of pumpkin to a cake mix for a simple, low-fat dessert. The result is a super moist cake that doesn’t even need frosting. Yum! Ingredients 1 box cake mix (chocolate, spice or vanilla) 1 can of pumpkin puree (not pie filling) water Directions: […]

— Andrea Cooley

A Minnesotan’s point of view

I hate when people are so shocked Des Moines rocks. Of course it does. Do people really come here expecting a few buildings in a corn field?! We have a city, people. We don’t all farm. And those that do farm aren’t like the hicks you see in movies. They’re high-tech. This is 2009, after […]

— Courtney Tompkins