Community service at DMU

 During my undergraduate work I was very involved in both the community and the university — it was what made life enjoyable. I thought coming to medical school would all but put an end to most of those activities due to time constraints and limitations on activities/service events available. I also figured that any service […]

— Jeremy DeFoe

Good eats

If you read my blog entries even on a semi-regular basis, you’ll realize I’m pretty food-obsessed. Can’t help it – there’s just so many yummy things to eat around here!

— Courtney Tompkins

Honor for research

DMU D.O. student Jason Sebesto was recently selected as one of five (FIVE out of 235 entries) winners of the American College of Physicians 2009 National Medical Students Abstract Competition. He will present his abstract “MRSA Detection of Colonized Needless Catheter Ports Using Real-Time PCR” at the April convention.  Jason began this research project with Jeff […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Braggin’ on an alum

’96 CPMS grad Michael S. Lee, D.P.M., FACFAS, was recently named president-elect of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). (ACFAS has 6,000+ members. It’s a big deal!) “ACFAS is a forum and network of the best and the brightest minds in the field of podiatric surgery, and I am honored to be granted […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Piggy love

We call all three of our guinea pigs our babies. They are in so many ways – they eat, poop, whine & sleep (repeat daily). But they are a joy to have around the apartment. Our first concern moving out to Des Moines was finding apartments that accept small animals. We wanted to be near […]

— Tea Nguyen

PA – not just a nickname for your dad

What’s a physician assistant? It’s not a physician‘s assistant. A physician assistant (or PA) is a licensed medical professional that can give care in medical offices, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and more. They can take medical histories, perform exams, give immunizations, do simple suturing and cast uncomplicated fractures or perform minor surgeries. They can order […]

— Courtney Tompkins

African update

The DMU Global Health dept. recently arranged an exchange partnership with a medical school in Uganda. The first two DMU students to try it out are currently there. Jon & Katie are in Uganda for two months. Luckily for us back home, they’re blogging about it! DMU will host two students from Uganda in March & […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Losing weight in a healthy way!

The Des Moines Register had a great piece yesterday, Losing Weight: How they did it, about 3 local women who changed their diet & exercise plans to lose weight/live healthier.  Dr. Melita Schuster from the DMU Clinic offered up some tips for the article. She suggested cutting all pop, drinking more water, cutting foods with […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Fitting in

I define the years between first and fifth grade (and sometimes ’til eighth) as a kid’s “awkward years.” These are the years when every cute five-year-old suddenly transforms into a weird-looking or flat out ugly preteen. It’s primetime for buckteeth, acne, bad haircuts and poor wardrobe choices. I accentuated my awkwardness by crimping my hair […]

— Kendall Conder

Food, glorious food

What a joy! I think I found my new favorite restaurant in downtown Des Moines. The place is called Centro (pronounced Chen-tro) and they serve pastas and pizzas and everything I like.  I started off with the steamed mussels appetizer which tastes like it’s bathed in butter blended with sweet roma tomatoes. Oh so juicy and […]

— Tea Nguyen

Learn about needs, health issues of transgendered

Being a healthcare professional means taking care of people from all walks of life. Many will have particular needs you should be aware of. Several campus groups and offices pulled together to put on an interesting event on Monday. Learn from a doc about health care issues and needs of transgender individuals.  The event is […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Score! Fun night out for cheap!

  Hockey? In Des Moines?  To that I say: as a matter of fact, yes!?? I’ve been a lifelong hockey fan. To me, there’s no other sport like it – it’s such a fast-paced sport, the game can change faster than a 100 mph slapshot. It’s one thing to watch on TV, but it’s completely […]

— David Lay

A breathtaking experience

by Barb Boose, editor of DMU Magazine Some people enjoy winter, some hate it and others simply tolerate it. But on a recent frigid Friday night in Des Moines, a unique group not only enjoyed it, they literally leapt into it. First-year DMU students John Budi and Jayten Shook were among approximately 100 people who […]

— Seth Stevenson

Well connected

My family doctor is a DMU alum (D.O. class of 1990) and has been taking quite good care of my family for over 10 years. Just recently, she referred us to a local ENT to discuss tubes – the rite of passage for any infant plagued with ear infections (Otitis Media in doctor speak). Needless […]

— Gina Smith

Say what?

I have a professor this semester whose choice interjection is, “Make sense?” He says this phrase at least 20 times during an hour class period. I find his choice of words extremely comical given the fact that he’ll rarely wait for anyone to actually respond, but if he did, my answer would inevitably be the […]

— Kendall Conder

What are you doing for spring break?

I am going to El Salvador for a medical service trip with 13 other DMU students and oodles of supporting faculty and community members. This is DMU’s second time going to El Salvador. Last year, they served about 2500 people in the community. I am so excited about this opportunity! There are many opportunities available […]

— Tea Nguyen

What I’ve learned about Iowans

Hey ya’ll! I’m a new blogger. My name is Kendall Conder. I’m a 24 yo SWF, born and raised in Las Vegas. I graduated from Auburn University in 2007 (War Eagle Go Tigers! Yes, I know about Chizik… and Rhoads). I started physical therapy school at DMU in August 2008.  Little bit about me: I […]

— Kendall Conder

Good stuff to read!

Good golly, Ms. Molly, I’m surrounded by smart people!!! (not to worry, this does not come as a shock to me but rather I am reminded on a daily basis of how amazingly talented the faculty and staff are at DMU.) Here’s a few recent pieces that feature some of the smartypants folk ’round here. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Mini Medical School

Mini Medical School is an awesome event at DMU. 5 Tuesday evenings, 5 topics, only $25! Plus it’s geared for a wide array of ages…middle school through senior citizens enjoy this annual event. (if you’re a middle, high or grad school student, it’s only $10!) Where else can you take five classes from med. school […]

— Courtney Tompkins