October 22, 2018

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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 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]

Meet Dr. Ryan Davis, ACMC-Willmar Family Medicine

Dr. Ryan Davis first became interested in medicine in high school—interested enough that he shadowed his hometown physician in a small town in Montana to see what practicing medicine was all about. His excitement for the field grew from there. In this video Dr. Davis talks about his journey into the medical field.   While [More]

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]

Three Doctors, A Common Interest: Pediatrics

From reading and cooking to a love of the outdoors and a family with a musical background to their styles of care and even the reasons they became pediatricians, they’re about as different as you might expect. But ACMC-Willmar’s pediatricians have one thing in common: a love of serving children and their families. Drs. KerriAnn [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]

Preparing for a Child-Free Getaway: What Medical Information Should You Leave with Your Child’s Caregiver?

Everyone deserves a kid-free getaway every now and then. But leaving your children can be a scary experience whether you’re leaving them for the first time or the one hundredth. What happens when you drop your kids off with grandma and grandpa and there is a medical emergency? Or what if you’re relying on them [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]