Posts by Courtney Tompkins

November is epilepsy month

How epilepsy-savvy are you? Take the quiz! I’d give you more info about what epilepsy is but then you’d have a foot up on the quiz so take it & report back on how you did! Help spread the word about epilepsy.

— Courtney Tompkins

Senior Health Fair

Saturday is a GREAT annual event at DMU — the Senior Health Fair! From 8 until noon, our students, along with some students from Drake & ISU, will give up their own time to help citizens 50 and older. I think students from all nine of our programs are involved in some way. Free screenings, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Perfect household temp – a myth?

The wind has been crazy in Iowa the last few days. Leaves are swirling around & I’m ready for a cozy blanket & warm fireplace! Unfortunately, for me, I’m ALWAYS cold. So when the weather turns nippy, I look for the nearest spot to hibernate. To add insult to injury, my husband is always warm. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

First Abaton Selzer Award for Writing presented

Des Moines University’s literary journal combines medicine, art Rachel Hammer, a second-year student at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, won the inaugural Selzer Prize for Writing in this year’s Abaton, Des Moines University’s literary journal. Physician-writer Dr. Richard Selzer has inspired many to marry medicine and writing. Dr. Selzer has been writing for fifty […]

— Courtney Tompkins

New partnership with IA Dept. for Blind

Our third- and fourth-year osteopathic medical students do rotations through various medical specialties for hands-on learning. A new partnership between DMU and the Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) will also allow our students two week rotations within IDB learning what it’s like to be blind. Our students will sit in classes alongside folks losing […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Reach out and read!

This Saturday some of our students & staff are helping out with a really cool initiative called Reach Out & Read Iowa.It’s a local branch of the nat’l “Reach Out & Read” program that provides books for medical professionals to give to children, up to 5 years old, who might otherwise not have much encouragement […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Free health screenings at DMU for seniors Nov. 6

Adults 50 and older are invited to Des Moines University’s Senior Health Fair for free health screenings on November 6, 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 a demonstration of osteopathic […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Pink ribbon, great reminder or distractor?

It’s October, breast cancer month, and everything is pink. Is that a good or bad thing? Do pink shoes and pink mixers increase screenings & further research or does it just raise awareness? What kind of awareness really aids the fight against cancer? Some of these questions are raised in a recent New York Times […]

— Courtney Tompkins

It’s marathon time!

This coming Sunday is the Des Moines Marathon. Obviously if you’re running it, you’re acutely aware of when it is. And hopefully if you’re one of the awesome students and faculty who’ll be providing OMM and physical therapy at the end of the race for athletes, you know when it is. But for all the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

It’s pumpkin & apple time!

Where to get your pumpkins: Howells – has a barnyard, kid activities, corn maze & tractor rides. They also have a gift shop & snacks for sale. They may have a small admission fee but I’m not sure. Black’s Heritage Farm – Pick-your-own pumpkins, with other veggies for sale on this family-run farm, petting zoo, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU narrows field to three finalists for university president

Des Moines, IA – Three finalists for Des Moines University president were announced to employees and students October 11. A search committee has been working to fill the role since the retirement of Governor Terry Branstad in October 2009. The committee announced the following candidates: Stephen Dengle, M.B.A., current interim president and COO of Des […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Tickets still available for Glanton dinner

UPDATE on 10/13/10: Tickets are now sold out. The 2010 Des Moines University Glanton Scholarship Dinner at the Meadows at Prairie Meadows will honor Iowa’s former governor, Robert D. Ray, and a few tickets are still available. The October 14 reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner program starting at 6 p.m. If you […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Food festival this weekend!

Friday kicks off my all-time favorite outdoor festival in Des Moines, The World Food Festival!! If you’ve read this blog for awhile, you know that means a lot – I love festivals & I love to eat! This event is held in the streets of the East Village. It runs 11 a.m-10 p.m. Friday & […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Global Health conference

On October 13, our global health department and the Heartland Global Health Consortium are again hosting an awesome conference. This year’s topic, “the influence of agriculture on global health,” ties really nicely to the World Food Prize conference going on at the same time in Des Moines. Some of the speakers and attendees will be […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Public health program director chosen for national commission

Des Moines University is proud to announce Mary Mincer Hansen, R.N., Ph.D., director of the DMU public health program, was recently selected as a member of the new National Health Care Workforce Commission. The commission, a national resource for Congress, the president, states and cities, was appointed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). The […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Public invited to conference at DMU on global health, agriculture

In conjunction with the esteemed World Food Prize Festival in October, Des Moines University (DMU) will host “The Influence of Agriculture on Global Health” on October 13. Speakers include: •    Paul Schickler, president of Pioneer Hi-Bred International •    Dr. Robert Mazur with the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods •    Henry Musoke with Volunteer Efforts for […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Free film viewing to share stories of malnutrition

(Des Moines, IA) – Locally parents worry about childhood obesity. In other countries parents worry about getting enough food to feed their families. The film “Starved for Attention,” exposes the neglected atrocities of childhood malnutrition around the world. The public is invited to see this rare showing of “Starved For Attention” October 8, 5:30 p.m., […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Important guest

On Wednesday, Sept. 29 (which is probably today for most readers), DMU has a special guest presenting at noon in the Student Education Center auditorium. Vice Admiral Adam M. Robinson, Jr., M.D., will be speaking about the Navy’s humanitarian aid ships, U.S. Comfort & U.S. Mercy. I’m not in the military and don’t know that […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Navy’s Vice Admiral Robinson to speak at DMU

Come hear the Navy’s surgeon general speak at Des Moines University (DMU) on September 29 at noon about the Navy’s hospital ships used for humanitarian aid. Vice Admiral Adam Robinson, M.D., will present “The U.S. Navy’s role in global humanitarianism and disaster relief” in the DMU Student Education Center, 3300 Grand Ave. The event was […]

— Courtney Tompkins