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

Accolades for our clinic

I wanted to share this lovely letter recently sent to administrators at the Des Moines University Clinic. The links I inserted for your convenience, cuz I’m nice like that. Enjoy!  – Courtney To Whom it May Concern, I wanted to extend a heartfelt “Thank You!” for the phenomenal service I received at Des Moines University […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Discover DMU March 4!

A couple of years ago, we began hosting Discover DMU — a campus-wide open house — and it’s been a huge success! We host events in March, July and September each year and it’s chance for you to see more than we can show in a brochure. We usually have a variety of prospective students, […]

— Gina Smith

Dinner for 2, on a budget

There’s an article in today’s Des Moines Register showing 10 tabs at local restaurants – each offers a meal for 2 at less than $50 (sometimes less than $40). They include 2 entrees, 2 drinks & tip. The list shows a variety of types of restaurants. Check it out! From the list, I’ve got some […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Mastering medical sciences, fighting stress

Guest blog by Jolene Kelly, PA-C, PA Program director Graduate school is a whole new ball game and learning about the intricacies of the human body takes a lot of dedication and work. Combine the two for a graduate degree in health or medicine and you’re looking at some stress. I’ve often heard students express […]

— Andrea Cooley

What to do in Iowa? Hard to choose!

Whether you’re planning your next weekend or wondering if you’d be bored attending school in Iowa, visit TravelIowa.com for a downloadable travel guide with events (see the upper right hand corner). Or browse the site for new, exciting ways to experience Iowa. I love living here & I’m never short of things I’d like to […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Cool art exhibit coming to DSM this year

A recent Wall Street Journal article highlighted artist Tara Donovan and her sculptures made with everyday objects. I talked to a friend in Boston who has seen the exhibit and she said it was very cool. Luckily for us in Des Moines, our Art Center is bringing Tara’s show to us, June 19-Sept. 13. The […]

— Courtney Tompkins

A good read

It’s been very hard to catch up on leisurely reading with school and that’s why I took advantage of my winter break to pick up a book. There were a few challenges, however, in deciding what book I think I can actually enjoy and finish reading.   So how did I decide? First thing in mind […]

— Tea Nguyen

A typical school day – in case you were wondering

Alarm goes off at 6:45 a.m. Breakfast at 7 a.m. Off to school by 7:30 a.m. Class from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (including a lunch meeting). We’re back in school and I’m entering my second semester of my second year in podiatry school. Today, we had lectures on biomechanics (analysis of foot pathology based […]

— Tea Nguyen

Happy 2010!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! I hope this year’s dropping of the ball in Times Square and flipping of the calendar page brings good tidings of great adventures and personal growth for you. Do you have any resolutions? Plans or goals for the year? Please share!

— Courtney Tompkins

Alumni in the military

Written by Barb Boose, guest blogger & editor of ‘DMU Magazine’ As we reflect on the year that’s ending and the new one ahead, it’s a good time to remember the men and women serving our country here and abroad. Many Des Moines University alumni have served or are serving in the military, including Walter […]

— Seth Stevenson

Alumni all around

If you’ve been around me at all in the last few weeks, you probably have gotten annoyed at my sniffling and coughing. ‘Tis the season apparently. After a course of antibiotics knocked my sinus infection down (but not out, apparently) my sniffling turned to a horrendous, never-ending cough that wore me out. My dad (’92 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Career outlook

Good news, P.T., P.A. & M.H.A. students or prospective students! U.S. News & World Report picked health policy specialist, physician assistant and physical therapist to be included in their ’30 best careers for 2009′ list.

— Courtney Tompkins

‘Tis the season for giving

Every year DMU students throw a holiday party for residents at the House of Mercy. House of Mercy is an organization sponsored by Mercy Medical Center to assist at-risk women and children. This year’s party was organized by the Pediatrics Club, Women’s Medical Association & American College of Family Practice groups at DMU. The three […]

— Courtney Tompkins

PA students in the holiday spirit

Huge pat on the back to DMU PA students who took time out of studying to volunteer in the spirit of Christmas cheer! On Dec. 7 a group of students visited nursing homes to cheer up residents. The following weekend a group rang the bell and sung Christmas carols around the Salvation Army collection kettle. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

YUM! Food Paradise here in Iowa

If the thought of a warm cinnamon roll covered in delicious frosting gets your mouth watering, you’ll have to try Iowa’s Machine Shed restaurant! The Travel Channel’s show “Food Paradise” has selected the Machine Shed as part of their ‘Best Breakfast in America’ list. The Register reported this great news today.  A great restaurant for […]

— Seth Stevenson

PT deadline looming – apply now!

The deadline for our Doctor of Physical Therapy program is less than one month away! Individuals who want to apply for the class beginning August 2009 must e-submit their application through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) by 10:50 p.m. (central time) on Thursday, January 15, 2009. PTCAS can be accessed by visiting www.ptcas.org. […]

— Gina Smith

How tweet it is!

You’re probably looking at this photo thinking, “Why would those people wear such silly sweaters, let alone three of the same?” Well, those are just three of the 80+ people that attended last night’s Epic Ugly Sweater Party at Impromptu Studio, one of many Tweetups in the Des Moines area that happen pretty regularly. This Tweetup, however, was […]

— David Lay

Mourning a great teacher

I do not know much about Roxane Joens-Matre, but with few encounters, it was apparent she enjoyed teaching, which made me enjoy my online class in Social and Behavioral Science with her. She made the time to help many of us on our final project; she organized conference calls to help us sort out our […]

— Tea Nguyen

Interview tips

I was listening in on the residency forum provided by Sigma Sigma Phi where they rounded up current/graduated residents in different programs. One student asked the panel, “What makes for a bad impression from an interviewee?” The answers not only apply to interviews for residency spots but also for prospective students interviewing for medical school […]

— Tea Nguyen