I broke my leg! or not…

Last Friday my class had the opportunity to participate in a casting lab put on by a few of our faculty and some local healthcare providers. Let’s just say we had a blast…as I am sure you can see from the pictures. We learned how to splint both the arm and leg, as well as […]

— Daley Dodd

DSM: healthy & safe

A new Gallup & Healthways survey scored 187 metro areas and rated the Des Moines/West Des Moines area at #3 on the top ten safe & healthy place list. The survey factored in violent and property crime rates, as well as access to 13 basic needs like fresh fruit and veggies, shelter, clean water and […]

— Courtney Tompkins

An intro to CHS Alumni Association!

Welcome to the first official blog from the College of Health Sciences Alumni Association. Many of you may not know about our group, so I thought I would make the introduction. Our Alumni Association is a comprised of all the College of Health Sciences programs and many functions are collective activities with students &/or staff […]

— CHS Alumni Association

Upcoming fun event: Trivia Night!

There’s a super cool first-time event in Des Moines called Dog-Eat-Dog Trivia Night happening May 20 at People’s downtown. (full & complete disclaimer: I’m on the board of The Pet Project Midwest, the charity putting it on. But I’d totally blog about it even if I weren’t cuz it’s going to be fun & it’s […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: veggie frittata

I’m not gonna lie, when I see the word “frittata” I immediately think, “this is a fancy recipe, that I can’t make.” But when I read the directions for this recipe from Fruit & Veggies More Matters I realized that a frittata is just a fancy name for an omelet (and you don’t have to […]

— Andrea Cooley

D.O. Day on Capitol Hill

Students took a break from studying last week to participate in D.O. Day on Capitol Hill. The event is sponsored by the American Osteopathic Association and the Student Osteopathic Medical Association. Every year, students from across the country gather in Washington, D.C., to talk about issues that affect medical students and practicing physicians and meet […]

— Andrea Cooley

Free assessments, treatments @ OMM Community Night May 13

The public is invited to experience first-hand the benefits of osteopathic medicine at Des Moines University’s OMM Community Night on May 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. In the Student Education Center, 3300 Grand Avenue, D.O. students will provide free full-body structural and muscular assessments and, if necessary, manual treatments, part of osteopathic manual medicine […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

It’s the 5th of May and that means it’s time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Contrary to what many think, Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexico’s Independence Day. It’s actually a celebration of The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. Here’s some history. It’s primarily celebrated in the Puebla area of Mexico. And of course the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Plan to enjoy August 14 Run-Day-Voo near DMU!

(Des Moines, IA) – You are invited to join Des Moines University (DMU) students, faculty, alumni and staff for a 5k through the beautiful south of Grand neighborhood around DMU. The August 14 race, called DMU Run-Day-Voo, will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the circle drive in front of the Des Moines University Academic Center […]

— Courtney Tompkins


The annual Asian heritage festival is coming up soon! Check out CelebrAsian on May 15, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at the state capitol complex. There’ll be music, dancing, food and cool exhibitions. PLUS it’s free to get in! You can find out more about it on Facebook or the event website. They do need volunteer help […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Tulip time!

Not only does this upcoming weekend include mother’s day, it’s also Tulip Time! For those of you new to the area, Tulip Time is an annual festival in Pella (about 45 minutes to the east of Des Moines) celebrating the city’s Dutch heritage. The entire city is covered in gorgeous tulips of every color, plus […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Anatomy word of the month: decussation

“To make an X” (Latin). A decussation is an intersection of pathways in the form of an X. Most nerve pathways between our brain and spinal cord cross over at some point.This accounts for why each side of our brain (two cerebral hemispheres) has control over the opposite side of our body. In anatomical language […]

— Bill Dyche