Exploring the neighborhood

This past year living in Michigan for rotations has been such a blur. It is very different from Des Moines when I only lived four miles away from school. Now I live at least 10 miles from everything like work and my favorite restaurants. What I’ve found to help me explore my new neighborhood is […]

— Tea Nguyen

The big, bad, scary winter in Iowa

A few weeks ago, my classmates and I celebrated another major milestone in our academic pursuits. Having concluded our first semester, we are now 1/8th, or 12.5%, finished with med school! This achievement marks a brief pause in our studies during which we might reflect upon the progress we’ve made since beginning in August. Again, […]

— Nathan McConkey

What must you do while in Des Moines?

Many of our students come from rural Iowa, other states or even other countries. Some will stay and practice in Des Moines, some will disperse. So for those of you who have lived here or do live here, what things would you tell a new DMU student he or she MUST do while living here? […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Happy new year!!!

Happy 2011! I hope this year brings you many steps closer to your dreams, showers you in good things and allows you to spend time with your favorite people. Each new year is a chance for a new beginning, fresh slate and more opportunities. Enjoy!

— Courtney Tompkins

Weekend plans?

It’s the last weekend before Christmas and there are all kinds of fun things going on in Des Moines. If you’re still finishing up your holiday shopping, don’t miss the Downtown Farmer’s Market Winter Market. It’s this Friday and Saturday, inside Capitol Square and at Nollen Plaza, Friday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Saturday, […]

— Andrea Cooley

Happy thanksgiving!

Today I hope you are taking time to be thankful for your family, friends, home, job, education & the beauty around you. Take time to breath and appreciate. And have fun eating, playing/watching sports, shopping and enjoying the company of the ones you love! Have a wonderful thanksgiving!

— Courtney Tompkins

Fireworks in November!

I love fireworks and shopping, so for me the annual Holiday Promenade in the East Village is pretty much a perfect evening. I can’t believe it’s this Friday already. The shops are open ’til 9 and many of them have snacks and hot drinks to share to help you get into the holiday spirit. There […]

— Andrea Cooley

Winter market!

The downtown farmers’ market is one of the best spring-summer-fall activities in Des Moines but we all miss it during the winter. I’m super happy the organizers have arranged for 2 winter markets again! The first is THIS Friday, 11-2, & Saturday, 9-1. The next is Dec. 17-18. They will be at Capital Square/Nollen Plaza. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Cake, my favorite

I’m an emotional eater (bad, I know!) and therefore think cake or cupcakes could solve most of the world’s woes. There’s a cool event in Des Moines Saturday that prompted this admittance and spurred a cake-centric post… If you’re a fan of cakes you probably watch “Cake Boss” and might be excited to know Buddy […]

— 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

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

Get inspiration from a genius

The Mona Lisa is the first thing people think of when they hear the name Leonardo da Vinci, but he was also an amazing inventor, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician and architect. The Science Center of Iowa is hosting, Da Vinci: The Genius now through January 16, 2011. The interactive exhibit includes detailed anatomical sketches, war […]

— Andrea Cooley

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

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