January 20, 2019

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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]

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]

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]

Why is There a Medical Student in my Exam Room?

Although it was many years ago that I was a medical student myself, I still remember what it was like seeing my first patient and working with my preceptor Dr. Dale Mathias in Peebles, Ohio.  I was doing a rural medicine rotation in a small town in Southern Ohio.  It was such a rewarding experience [More]

Juggling Medical School and a Family Illness

ACMC medical student Emily Korman had a normal childhood. She grew up in Cold Springs, Minn., with her mom, a teacher, and dad, a farmer, and her older sister. By the second grade, Emily knew she wanted to be a doctor. Now she’s making that dream come true as a medical student at Des Moines [More]

ACMC Medical Student Takes a Walk Down the Aisle: Planning a Wedding While Going to Medical School

Going to medical school and training to become a doctor is a time-consuming endeavor. Throw a wedding into the mix, and life gets even busier. At least for ACMC medical student Noah Retka. Noah is a third-year RPAP (Rural Physician Associate Program) student. Growing up in LeSueur, Minn., Noah hadn’t planned on becoming a family [More]

A Medical Student’s Privilege to Serve Patients

Growing up Ingrid Anderson always knew she wanted to work in a field that allowed her to serve others especially those in under served areas.  Her parents instilled that desire in her, leading by example.  When it came time for Ingrid to go to college and pick a major, she felt drawn to the medical [More]

Rural Medicine Experience – Helping Me Develop My Style

Having lived in the metro area all my life, coming out to rural Minnesota to gain medical experience has been quite interesting. I’m currently a third-year medical student at Des Moines University in Iowa, and when putting in my request as to where I wanted to go for my clinical rotation, I knew I wanted [More]