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

Des Moines Sculpture Garden

Des Moines continues to impress me and make me proud to call it home. The latest addition that I’m bragging to everyone I know is the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Garden in Western Gateway Park. It includes 24 pieces and is said to rival similar parks in St. Paul and Seattle. Des Moines is […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Eggchilada

Eggs are great because they are low in fat and high in protein–and you can eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner! I like mine fried, hard-boiled in egg salad or my current favorite scrambled in a breakfast burrito. This recipe is so easy I can make it from memory. For one burrito I spray […]

— Andrea Cooley

Corn, a new food… for me at least!

Before moving to Des Moines, I thought I could avoid eating corn. (Can’t say it’s on my favorite vegetable list.) But gee, corn really is everywhere and it has finally invaded my home! I mean, I like candied corn, popcorn and corn dogs, but not regular ‘ole corn on the cob. These Iowans really convinced […]

— Tea Nguyen

On the Road with DMU

Fall is my favorite time of year. It’s not just that I love the crisp temperatures, forests changing colors to vibrant reds and oranges or even the fantastic college football (GO HAWKS!)  I also love fall because it’s a busy and exciting time around campus. Fall is when we start our interviews for our clinical […]

— Joshua Kvinlaug

St. Lucia in summary

My two-week global health rotation in St. Lucia was an amazing experience.  I had the opportunity to work in outpatient and inpatient physical therapy, as well as complete home visits and visit a senior citizens’ home. This was such a great experience because I was challenged by working in a new culture as well as […]

— Lindsay Dean

Apples to Apples!

I didn’t know how many different types of apples exist in this world. I thought the variety was only red and green. Well I learned about the variety of apples when I started to grocery shop for them and when I tagged along with my neighbor buddies, Clint Cummings, D.O. ’11, and wife Brandie (see […]

— Tea Nguyen

Wall Street Journal on Iowa grub

This piece came out in the Wall Street Journal with a few descriptions of local eateries. It’s always interesting to hear what people are looking for when they want to try “Iowa cuisine.” Where do you take family & friends to eat when they visit Iowa?

— Courtney Tompkins