June 24, 2017

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Medical Student Libby Feist Practicing Medicine and Spanish during RPAP Experience

Growing up in New Prague, Minn., Libby Feist loved watching the television show ER with her mom. It’s what first sparked her interest in the medical field. Science classes were her favorite, and a human anatomy class she took in high school was further proof that it may be the right career for her. But [More]

Medical Student Alex Hartley’s Road to Psychiatry

ACMC fourth-year medical student Alexandra Hartley didn’t take the traditional path into medicine like many of her peers. After finishing her undergraduate degree at the University of St. Thomas, she spent five years working with adults with mental illness in the Twin Cities. That was when she realized if she wanted to bring mental health [More]

Medical Student Allison Homstad Putting Her Education to Practice at ACMC

It was a normal afternoon in 2005 working at the hospice care facility for Allison Homstad. It was summer break between her sophomore and junior year in high school. She was happily baking cookies when one of the residents came into the kitchen and sat down. Allison tried making small talk with him, but despite [More]

Meet ACMC’s 2014-2015 Medical Students

You may see some new faces the next time you’re at ACMC. They’re future doctors on rotation at ACMC. Every fall ACMC is fortunate to host several medical students from the University of Minnesota’s Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP) and Des Moines University.  Occasionally students from medical schools across the nation choose to conduct their [More]

The Path from Dietitian to Physician Assistant

Tamara Berg—formerly Tamara Hein, she recently got married—was a dietitian at ACMC in Willmar until she decided to go to school to become a physician assistant (PA). Now she’s back completing her clinical rotations. She first got the idea of going back to school several years ago while working with Teri Larson, a former physician assistant [More]

Medical Student Kristin Comstock Reflects on Rotations at ACMC-Granite Falls

As a third-year medical student, I am studying and working at ACMC-Granite Falls under Dr. Art Rillo. Originally from Roseau, Minn., I am studying medicine through the University of Minnesota.  I completed my first two years of medical school in Duluth. The Rural Physicians Associates Program Led Me to ACMC in Granite Falls Going into [More]

Habla Español? Third-Year Medical Student Matt Cabrera Svendsen Does.

Third-year medical student Matt Cabrera Svendsen was working on his master of public health degree when he volunteered his time at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic in Minneapolis.  Many of his patients spoke Spanish, but he did not.  He quickly realized that no matter how much medical knowledge he had, language barriers made it difficult for [More]

Third-Year Medical Student Melissa Pavek: Hiking Adventures through Minnesota State Parks

Before starting rotations as a third-year medical student at ACMC in Willmar, Melissa Pavek had already spent some time in the Willmar area.  She and her family had hiked Sibley State Park many years before. What started out as a family vacation quickly became a family affair for Melissa and her family.  It’s become a lifelong [More]

The Future Doctor Ashley Davenport: A Hockey Star’s Biggest Goal

Work hard and you can achieve great things.  It’s a motto Ashley Davenport lives by.  Now as a third-year medical student at DMU and currently on rotation at ACMC in Willmar, she’s learning just how true that sentiment is. Ashley is second youngest in a family of six children.  With three older brothers, an older [More]

Third-Year Medical Student Reid Johnson’s Journey into Medicine

Raised in California this surfer, banjo player, genealogist, and Eagle Scout packed his bags at 19, leaving Southern California behind. He traveled more than 5,000 miles to Santiago, Chile, on a church mission trip. What Reid didn’t know at the time was that his two-year experience in South America would help determine the direction of [More]