February 19, 2018

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Putting Patients First: Dr. Cindy Firkins Smith on the Importance of Rural Health Care

From the editor of her school newspaper, to physician, to health system CEO, Dr. Cindy Firkins Smith never imagined she would have the career she does today. Growing up, she didn’t dream of becoming a doctor as many physicians do. Instead, with a passion for literature and languages, Dr. Smith had ambitions to pursue a [More] ... [Read More...]

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How Mission Work Strengthened My Practice: Dr. Unger’s Reflection on His Mission Trips to Haiti

“Medicine is a calling and a privilege, mission work is a reminder of that. It helps me remember why I do what I do every day.”  -Dr. Unger For ACMC Health urologist, Dr. Kevin Unger, mission work has been an integral part of his medical career for the past seven years. In 2017, he completed his fifth mission trip to Haiti where he has provided medical care to … [More]

Vanishing Veins: Dr. Katie Reigstad on Providing a Surgical Solution for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins aren’t pretty but for many of us, they’re a fact of life. Those unsightly blue veins are more common than you may have realized, with nearly 1/3 of Americans developing them throughout their lives. Unfortunately, varicose veins can be more than just a cosmetic concern. Extreme pain, swelling, itching, and achy legs have all been connected to those … [More]

Lily Wood

Rural Healthcare in Action: My Two Weeks in Granite Falls

Medical student, Lily Wood, spent two weeks with us for her  Summer Institute for Medical Student (SIMS) experience. This is her reflection on the time she spent at ACMC-Granite Falls.  "I arrived in Granite Falls, Minnesota after a 2.5 hour drive, mostly through corn fields and teeny towns, at the end of July. I was nervous. After all, I would be staying with … [More]

med student Noah Kelm

Music and Medicine: How Medical Student Noah Kelm Went from Singer to Surgeon

As a third-year medical student, Noah Kelm is well on his way to becoming a doctor. Although Noah felt he was always meant to be in the medical field, it wasn’t the first dream he set out to achieve. Before becoming a medical student, he pursued his dreams of becoming a professional musician. Noah has always been passionate about two things: music and medicine. Even though … [More]