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

Rocking rotations

I’ll admit, working at DMU and seeing our students and high-tech facilities on a daily basis may make us a little biased about how amazing they are, but here is more proof that it’s true. Kate Robbens, a third-year D.O. student shares her thoughts about how the first two years of the doctor of osteopathic […]

— Andrea Cooley

Grad school interview tips

It’s interview season at DMU and colleges across the country. Most days you will find young people walking around campus in suits looking nervous and/or excited. Before your grad school interview, here are some tips from our admission office for a successful interview: Before the interview: Practice makes perfect! Have your advisors or professors (or even […]

— Katie Pearce

A scoop a day

Second-year D.P.M. student Nettie Bartel writes about one of her favorite foods & shares the best places in Des Moines to satisfy your sweet tooth: There are some foods exceptionally superior to others that they deserve their own food group. For my family and I, it’s ice cream.  It was a part of any celebration […]

— Andrea Cooley

New partnership with IA Dept. for Blind

Our third- and fourth-year osteopathic medical students do rotations through various medical specialties for hands-on learning. A new partnership between DMU and the Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) will also allow our students two week rotations within IDB learning what it’s like to be blind. Our students will sit in classes alongside folks losing […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Hands-on learning for physical therapists

The post-professional doctor of physical therapy (PPDPT) program at DMU can be completed entirely online, making it a great option for practicing physical therapists who want to advance their career. Some students come to campus for a weekend to take a manual therapy class dealing with the physiological, neurological and psychological aspects of manual therapy. […]

— Andrea Cooley

Summer research

Our students work both in and out of the classroom to become the best doctors they can be. Kyra Hammonds, a second-year doctor of podiatric medicine student, shares her experience doing research at Des Moines University: The DMU Summer Research Program is an excellent opportunity for students to explore their talents in the research world. […]

— Andrea Cooley

Pink ribbon, great reminder or distractor?

It’s October, breast cancer month, and everything is pink. Is that a good or bad thing? Do pink shoes and pink mixers increase screenings & further research or does it just raise awareness? What kind of awareness really aids the fight against cancer? Some of these questions are raised in a recent New York Times […]

— 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

Physical therapy month

October is national physical therapy month. Did you know that in most states you can schedule an appointment with a physical therapist without a doctor’s referral? Most people associate seeing a physical therapist with rehabilitation after an injury or surgery, but physical therapists can help anyone improve his mobility and quality of life. Read how […]

— Andrea Cooley

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

Happy physician assistant week!

Physician assistants play a vital role in our health care system. They practice medicine with physician supervision. PAs can give physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, assist in surgery and write prescriptions. The master of science in physician assistant studies is a 2-year program. When you graduate and pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam […]

— Andrea Cooley

Be a health care professional

Health care is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States and you don’t have to be a doctor to be part of it. Business professionals are needed to work in health services administration. Their role is to increase efficiencies in health service delivery. A master in health care administration will prepare you […]

— Andrea Cooley

Important guest

On Wednesday, Sept. 29 (which is probably today for most readers), DMU has a special guest presenting at noon in the Student Education Center auditorium. Vice Admiral Adam M. Robinson, Jr., M.D., will be speaking about the Navy’s humanitarian aid ships, U.S. Comfort & U.S. Mercy. I’m not in the military and don’t know that […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Serve the public good

Do you want to help identify and prevent health problems that affect communities and populations? With a master in public health you can be a health care leader in programs and policy-making in environmental health, air and water quality, disease control, education, disaster relief, research and more. The M.P.H. program at DMU is geared toward […]

— Andrea Cooley

On the road with DMU

At DMU, fall means cooler temperatures, football games and travel! Our enrollment staff is hitting the road over the next couple months visiting graduate and professional school fairs and college campuses across the country. If you think a career in health sciences might by in your future, we hope you come see us! Stop by, […]

— Andrea Cooley

Know a physical therapist?

In honor of World Physical Therapy Day, we want to recognize the P.T.s in our Physical Therapy Clinic and all the students, faculty and staff in our doctor of physical therapy program for helping patients live and move without pain. Think you might want to be a physical therapist? Learn more about our 34-month program […]

— Andrea Cooley

Go ride a bike!

Des Moines is making headlines again, this time with the launch of Bcycle. Right now the only other two cities with this are Denver and Chicago. Way to go Des Moines for embracing bike culture early on! The business model is based on the idea of  bike sharing. You can rent a bike from convenient […]

— Andrea Cooley

Apply to podiatric medical school

The 2011 application for the doctor of podiatric medicine program at DMU opens this week! For students who are entering their senior year of college, this is the time for you to apply. You can start the application process while you are still finishing your prerequisite coursework. Keep in mind that you should also plan […]

— Gina Smith

Victory and a look ahead

We’ve finally done it. We survived high school, we made it through college intact and endured one of the most rigorous academic selection processes in history. But now, all of that’s behind us. Now, we get to enjoy our reward – four years of mind-ripping semesters packed with 26 credits each, a rapid immersion into […]

— Nathan McConkey