Simple pleasures: chocolate milk!

Of course I can write a whole blog about chocolate milk. This one is particularly special because it covers my three basic needs of milk. 1) Affordable: I got this carton at Hy-Vee for $0.99 and if you go on a Wednesday, the health market items are an additional 10% off. 2) A milk alternative: […]

— Tea Nguyen

Spooky times

It’s October already & that means there’s some spooky fun to be had! I can’t believe it’s October already!!  Get out the caramel for your apples and the goodies for lil goblins! Here’s a few Halloween-y events coming up I thought you might enjoy…

— Courtney Tompkins

International art exhibit coming to Des Moines

Des Moines University is excited to bring Art 4 Health (A4H) to Iowa. A4H is a traveling art exhibit launched by the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland to increase awareness of global women’s health issues and promote the message that underprivileged women everywhere can work to overcome their circumstances. The exhibit includes paintings of […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Cheap night out for the family!

A couple specials caught my eye today and they’re both for this Thursday. Combine ‘em for a nice family night out for decently cheap! Hy-Vee is having an all-you-can-eat-for-$1 chili dinner Thursday, 4-7 p.m. This is at all Des Moines-area stores. Also, if you have picky eaters in your bunch, they will also have hot […]

— Courtney Tompkins

White coat makes us official!

That’s right, the PA class of 2011 is OFFICIAL! Well I don’t know how official a white coat really makes me at this point in my education…  but it for sure makes me feel like I could rule the world.

— Daley Dodd

Healthcare, a buzz word

The hottest topic of recent debate is President Obama’s focus on some version of a universal health care system. There’s no doubt that the current health system needs a fix but the challenge is how do we fix it? I have no clue but fancy this idea: a paradigm shift in the American attitude towards […]

— Tea Nguyen

New national global health consortium of universities includes DMU

The number of students enrolled in global health programs in universities across the United States and Canada has doubled in the past three years. That’s led American universities to expand these programs at an unprecedented rate. The surge also led more than 50 North American universities – including Des Moines University (DMU) – to create […]

— Courtney Tompkins

International delights!

YAY!!!!  If you know me you know how much I love to eat & I love outdoor community festivals. Combine them into a FOOD FESTIVAL and you’ve won my heart. One of my FAVORITE outdoor festivals is next weekend – the World Food Festival! There’s great entertainment, cooking demos and you can learn about non-profit […]

— Courtney Tompkins

A post for a rainy day

What to do in this dreary weather? Bundle up with a good book, that’s what! My new book just came in! “Shattered Silence” is a true story about the daughter of a serial killer. It’s about her life and how she dealt with this horrendous past. I expect it to be an awe-inspiring book. Have […]

— Tea Nguyen

Friday recipe: turkey & black bean chili

The only thing better than a big pot of soup on a fall day is a big crock pot of soup! I know you can use the crock pot year round, but I tend to forget about it during the summer. I’m definitely making this recipe over the weekend. Just remember to turn it on […]

— Andrea Cooley

DMU first university to ever earn platinum wellness award

Des Moines University (DMU) was recognized October 1 as the first and only educational institution in America to receive a platinum level Well Workplace award, the highest distinction achievable from the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA). “We are obviously quite thrilled and honored by this award. It is a testament to the hard-work of our […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Anatomy word of the month: the testis

The testis is the male generative organ, producing sperm cells and the male sex hormone, testosterone. Testis is a Latin word for “witness”, as in witnessing to one’s manhood. Did you know that the words testify, testimonial and testament share a common meaning with testis? So, when you testify you are witnessing to the truth. […]

— Bill Dyche

An alum dealing with H1N1 flu

Pat Crocker, a 1980 D.O. grad, is chief of emergency medicine at a hospital in Austin. NPR recently talked to him about their huge volume of H1N1, or swine flu, cases. The hospital has actually set up special tents in the parking lot for treatment. Listen here or read the story.

— Courtney Tompkins

Current reads: Anne Frank’s Diary – The Secret Annex

Something on TV, not exactly sure what it was, prompted me to get my hands on this book. Knowing my reading pace, I wanted to buy the book instead of borrowing it at a public library. (I still haven’t gotten a public library card here.) Naturally, I couldn’t get myself to justify buying a leisure […]

— Tea Nguyen

Global health conference at DMU

Des Moines University’s annual global health conference “Global Health and Global Food” will be presented this year by the Heartland Global Health Consortium, in conjunction with the October World Food Prize activities. The half-day conference (which includes lunch) is scheduled for Wednesday, October 14, 11:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m., and will be in the Medical Education […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Hear a U.S. Olympic Committee sports psychologist

DMU student organizations frequently bring experts and opinion leaders to campus, sometimes “virtually.” On October 2, 12 – 1 p.m., the Sports Medicine Club and the Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine Club will co-sponsor a video presentation by Kirsten Peterson, Ph.D., a sport psychologist with the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs. Peterson served on […]

— Barb Boose

Recipe: butternut squash pasta with bacon

The challenge: Trying a new food item = butternut squash in a main dish. This pasta will warm you right up during those cold winter nights in Iowa. If you’re into wedding gifts, here’s a recipe for the couple-to-be to prepare together. This is a great recipe because you hardly need to measure anything – […]

— Tea Nguyen

A good H1N1 resource

As healthcare students, staff and faculty, you may be fielding questions from friends and patients on the H1N1 flu. Polk County Health Department has put together a great resource for information. Click here for videos, frequently asked questions, a list of symptoms and more. Please wash your hands and do NOT spread germs. Please DO […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Free health screenings for seniors Nov. 7

(Des Moines, IA) – Adults 50 and older are invited to Des Moines University’s Senior Health Fair for free health screenings on November 7, from 8 a.m. to noon. In the Student Education Center, 3300 Grand Avenue, seniors can get free blood glucose, blood pressure and bone density screenings. Students and physicians will be doing […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Learn more about DMU

I realize we talked about our fall travel last week, but it’s such a busy time of year for us, I thought we needed to mention it again. (Here’s our schedule if you want to see if we’re coming to your school!) Last week I joined admissions coordinator Lisa Vroegh at the UNI Career Fair […]

— Andrea Cooley