Butter what?

It’s official, this year’s state fair butter statue has been announced!! In addition to this year’s butter cow at the fair, there will be a butter Shawn Johnson! Details here! I should back up a moment for those of you new to Iowa… We LOVE our state fair in Iowa. It’s the best state fair […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Happy Independence Day!

Happy birthday America! Hope today finds every one of you celebrating the freedom and privileges we have in the U.S. and enjoying time with family and friends! photo by mc_lemore

— Courtney Tompkins

Place to go, things to do, people to see

When I was a kid I knew that saying “I’m bored” would mean a chore list from mom – maybe that’s why I’m so adept at finding things to do and never being bored as an adult! But since I tend to hear other people resort to summer boredom, here’s some fun upcoming events to […]

— Courtney Tompkins

More things to do in Des Moines!

I have been remiss, dear readers, in not blogging already about this coming weekend. There is SO much going on, I can’t wait! I will not miss the Arts Festival! Free to attend, it runs Fri-Sun, includes gorgeous displays of art, live music, fireworks, interactive activities and food vendors all over. An annual DSM event […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Ice cream addicts welcome in Iowa

I love ice cream. Other than mint chip,  I haven’t met any ice cream I dislike. If someone came up with an ice cream diet, I’d try it. My great-grandpa ran a dairy decades ago, my mom grew up eating ice cream from his freezer and we’ve joked that we have ice cream in our […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Life as an Iowan

Just thought you’d enjoy this glimpse into how cool Iowans are… The “medical student” in the story is none other than DMU’s Laura Finell, D.O. class of 2010! Thanks, Laura, for being a nice example of compassion within the community. Click the image of the article to read more.

— Courtney Tompkins

Read what an alum had to say in USA Weekend about GERD

We love, love, love seeing our graduates doing good and being heard. In today’s special mid-week edition of USA Weekend, several health topics were covered. The myths/reality of GERD was covered by one of our grads. YAY! USA Weekend-health edition (link no longer exists).  

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU is staying dry

Contrary to the latest CNN headline, all of Des Moines is NOT evacuating. The entire state is waist-deep in rain water (that’s not an exaggeration for some areas!) and Des Moines’ downtown is undergoing a voluntary evacuation right now. But worry not, current or prospective student, community member, alumni or friend! Des Moines University is […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Like music to my ears…

There’s a brand new event in DSM that has everyone hyped up. It’s called 80/35 (Referring to DSM being at the intersections of I-80 and I-235) and it’s a music fest that sounds amazing. Local and national acts will come together to play in a park downtown. It all goes down July 4 & 5 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

A review of the first year

I just finished my first year at DMU as a podiatry student and I thought this blog would be the perfect opportunity to reflect on my experiences and to share any advice for those that are considering DMU, Des Moines and podiatry school. I am from Pittsburgh, PA, so it was quite a move to […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Des Moines, how I love thee!

Summer is here, the flowers are in bloom and the weekends are full of cool things to do – reminding me yet again that Iowa is a great place to live. My husband and I recently traveled to a few different states on vacation. We had a blast but it also made us appreciate where […]

— Courtney Tompkins

An update from a first-year D.P.M.

Hello everybody, my name is Grahm Bahnson, and this is my first blog, so bear with me! I’m a first year DPM ’11 from Sioux Falls, S.D. It’s exciting thinking that this first year of podiatric medical school is almost over. It’s really true what they say, “…in medical school, you’ll experience some of the […]

— Seth Stevenson

Just another example of how cool our students are!

This week the local news magazine for 24-35 year olds wrote about being a med student. The reporter followed Amy, the student in the story, around for a few hours and got to experience our patient simulation lab and OMM. The reporter, Brianne, blogged about Amy afterward.

— Courtney Tompkins

Farmers’ market time!!!

We hear time and again from students that one of their fave. things to do in Des Moines is visit the farmers’ market downtown on Saturday mornings. With fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies, homemade salsa, jams, jellies and pies, farm-raised fresh meat, Iowa’s famous Maytag cheese and wine from Iowa wineries for sale, who […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Is grad school do-able with a family?

If you’ve been dreaming for years of becoming a doctor or earning your master’s but you’re not sure how more schooling will jive with having a family, worry no more. At Des Moines University, we have many students with families and try to be as accommodating as possible. At lunch time there are many toddlers […]

— Courtney Tompkins

The profs at DMU

Our professors at DMU are great. I was absolutely blown away by the quality professors we have. I came from a University where the teachers came in late or right on time and took off as soon as class finished. It is so different here. They are quality people and they are concerned about every […]

— Seth Stevenson

Wooden shoes, tulips and pastries galore

About 30-45 minutes from Des Moines is the lovely little town of Pella. Pella was founded by the Dutch and every year residents celebrate their heritage with Tulip Time. While you may be able to imagine an entire city awash in colorful tulips, there is no way you could begin to imagine the delectable treats […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Lots to do!

Came across this great listing of fun summer events: The Register’s guide to summer fun in DSM! Enjoy!!!

— Courtney Tompkins

Welcome back!

Moving around during the third year of medical school is definitely not any easy job. It’s scary not knowing where you will live or who you will live with or what the city will be like. It has been quite the adventure! I’m ending my third year here, in Des Moines, Iowa, right where my […]

— Seth Stevenson

Food festivals in Iowa

I’ve noticed a trend in our DMU blogs. Apparently we are all very food-focused!!! And while I should totally pick a different topic so you, my friendly blog readers, don’t think we all have one-track minds, I’m not going to today. And why you ask? because, yesterday the Des Moines Register did a story on […]

— Courtney Tompkins