How to communicate effectively

Most of us can relate to two workplace nightmares: being held hostage in a boring, unproductive meeting and feeling the heebiejeebies of having to give a presentation. DMU’s master of health care administration program can help. Through a unique agreement with Toastmasters International, DMU offers two courses designed to enhance students’ communication competency.

How to rock as a RAGBRAI support crew

Having a good support crew makes a huge difference in one’s RAGBRAI experience. DMU maintenance worker James Yacko and his wife, Carol, garner rave reviews from Team DMU for their service, support and Carol’s spirited cheerleading.

How to ride a bicycle across the state of Iowa and live to tell about it

What do butt butter, sunblock, a full water bottle and a healthy appetite for pie have in common? They’re all …

How to be Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus

For the past four decades, John Wattleworth, retired general services director for McFarland Clinic in Ames, IA, has been Santa Claus at hospitals, church groups, clinics and other settings. In recent years, his wife, Roberta Wattleworth, D.O.’81, M.H.A.’99, M.P.H.’04, chair and professor of family medicine, has joined the act as Mrs. Claus.

How to get kids moving

While most people think of a triathlon as an endurance sport for just the very fit, Hal Hatchett, D.P.M.’00, considers …

How to leave a legacy

For medical students, there is no better teacher than your body – including when you’re no longer in it. Donated bodies are indispensable for teaching anatomical concepts to aspiring care givers. Participants in DMU’s body donor program make this ultimate gift.

How to choose shoes

One of the worst things women do to their feet is wear high-heeled, high-fashion shoes, says Jill Frerichs, D.P.M.’01, assistant …

How to be a super SPAL patient

The patients assessed by clinical students in DMU’s Standardized Performance Assessment Laboratory (SPAL) are all bona fide fakers. They aren’t hypochondriacs, however. As “standardized patients” (SPs) who play the roles of actual patients, they play a critical role in preparing DMU students to diagnose and interact with real patients.

How to take a lesson from a horse

Relationships with most creatures involve nonverbal elements. Those become particularly important when your pet weighs up to a half-ton or more, so pay attention – and learn.

How to make music – portably

Jose Figueroa, D.O.’95, is beyond busy with the courses he teaches, the patients he treats and his five children. But …

A spot of cuteness for your day!

As you might know, DMU is not far away from Drake University (& even have a joint dual degree program!) …

How to hurl yourself through space

When it comes to launching yourself on a skinny, bendable fiberglass pole, “it helps to be a little crazy,” says …