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 …

Annual DMU memorial service May 21 for body donors free, open to public

(Des Moines, IA) – On Friday, May 21, Des Moines University (DMU) will honor 65 Iowans who donated their bodies …

The Bodies exhibit!

The human body is a beautiful, amazing thing! I’m always interested to learn more about how it works and what …

DMU supports World Triathlon with global health outreach

Nearly 830 women die in Nepal for every 100,000 live births. This is the 16th worst maternal mortality rate in …

Anatomy word of the month: spleen

The name is a direct borrowing from the Greek word splen.  The spleen is located in the upper left quadrant of …

There’s an app for that!

Technology has become an essential part of many of our lives and medical students are no exception. DMU osteopathic medicine, …

Anatomy word of the month: jugular

This is the major vein in the neck draining blood most importantly from inside the skull. The Latin jugulummeant “the throat, …

Discover DMU!

Have you ever gone on a campus tour and felt like you didn’t really get to see the heart and …

Anatomy word of the month: hiatus

The Latin word for “an opening, a gaping mouth”.  The diaphragm, the muscular partition that divides the chest from the …

Anatomy word of the month: achilles tendon

The Achilles tendon attaches major calf muscles, the gastrocnemius and soleus, to the calcaneous (heel bone). Achilles was a famous …

Anatomy word of the month: galea aponeurotica

A deep layer of the scalp is a close fitting, tough connective tissue “helmet” called the galea aponeurotica. In the …

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 …