April 24, 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]

Welcoming Dr. Cindy Firkins Smith as ACMC-President and CEO

As we said goodbye to long-time president and CEO of ACMC, Dr. Ronald Holmgren, we welcome in our new president and CEO, ACMC dermatologist Dr. Cindy Firkins Smith. We asked her to share her thoughts on her first few weeks on the job. Here’s what she had to say. You have a long history of [More]

The Family Sun Shielder: My Best Sun Safety Advice

All summer I worry about my fair-skinned children. I worry about long-term damage: the wrinkles, leathery skin and skin cancers that I see every day on my middle-aged and older patients. Minnesota summers are too short, after all, and who wants to bother with sun protection? Keeping My Family Safe in the Sun Professionally, I [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]

Melanoma – An Increasing Epidemic in Young Adults

As a dermatologist my concern for your skin is year-round, but as spring and summer approach it’s important to start thinking about sun and skin safety. Skin Cancer is Attacking our Young! At ACMC, we have three dermatologists and we are all seeing the same trend that is being reported nationally; skin cancer is on [More]

My Life Exploration Led Me to Medical School

Sometimes our path isn’t always clear and you have to experience life a bit to help see where you belong and my journey to medical school certainly didn’t start in the traditional sense. Finding My Way After high school, I went to college and studied at the University of St. Thomas where I majored in [More]