May 23, 2019

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Dr. Joshua Friese: Back to His Roots: Rural Lifestyle in Redwood Falls

Dr. Joshua Friese was used to the small town life. He grew up on a farm in Russell, Minnesota: population 338. Then he went off to school first in the Twin Cities, then to medical school in Portsmouth, Dominica, at the Ross University School of Medicine, and finally residency at the University of Illinois College [More]

Genetics, Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer: Should I Be Tested for a Gene Mutation?

Undoubtedly if you own a TV, computer or smart phone, you’ve seen the news about Angelina Jolie.  A BRCA1 carrier, she’s been recognized for her courageous decision to get a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of getting the same cancers that both her mom and aunt lost their cancer battles to.  It’s a story [More]

Asthma and Athletics: No Reason Not to Compete

One in six young athletes have been diagnosed with asthma at some point.  A recent study by the Minnesota Department of Health found that middle school and high school students with asthma are just as likely as non-asthma peers to participate in sports. As a family medicine provider in Litchfield, many of the youth I [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]

The “P” Word: Is Puberty Starting Earlier?

A national study by the American Academy of Pediatrics recently found that boys are entering puberty at earlier ages – anywhere from six months to two years earlier than previously assumed.  Former studies have shown that girls also appear to be hitting puberty earlier, but this is the first time an accurate study has been [More]

Is My Child Too Sick for School?

Sometimes it’s an easy call to keep your child home from school, but other times it can be hard to figure out what to do. Ask yourself these three questions.  If you say yes to any of them, it’s best to keep your child home from school or daycare. Does my child have a fever?  [More]

Water-Related Illnesses and Safe Swimming Practices

Summertime brings fun and sunshine. With this hot weather many of us are seeking to cool off in the local swimming pool or lake. We need to remember that recreational water illnesses also increase in summer and early fall. Cryptosporidi-what? Cryptosporidium is one of the most common waterborne diseases in our country, and is most [More]

A Typical “On-Call” Weekend in Minnesota Lake Country

I’m a family medicine physician with an ACMC affiliate in Litchfield, Minn., – a town of about 6,500 people.  I’m often asked what the lifestyle is like in Litchfield, especially from other physicians living in metro areas. Here’s the key – I live on a lake inside the city limits and it takes me about two minutes to [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]