December 17, 2018

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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]

Aerobic Exercise vs. Weight Training

Most people know that exercise of any kind burns calories.  What few know, however, is that we burn more calories each day doing “nothing”.  Our basal metabolism is what keeps the machinery of the body running, even at rest, and is responsible for the majority of calories burned in any given day.  Inheritance greatly affects [More]

Surgical Mission in Haiti a Memorable Experience

Imagine yourself in a third world country practicing medicine. The medical compound serves 30,000 or more people that depend on one medical staff person and traveling surgical teams to help people in need of care. In April 2011, Dr. Kevin Unger, a Urologist at ACMC in Willmar, gathered a team of local medical experts and [More]

Why Does My Child Keep Getting Ear Infections?

Why does my child keep getting ear infections?  I’m a parent too, so I feel your (and your children’s) pain! Here’s a simple analogy.  Let’s pretend the eardrum is the bottom of an open, empty bottle.  The space in the bottle is filled with nothing but air.  If infection begins to accumulate in the open [More]

HDL, LDL, VLDL, triglycerides…what’s it all mean?

Ever wonder about the alphabet soup called the cholesterol panel?  Here is the basic analogy I give my patients, and it covers 90% or more of their issues.  The more complex cases we will leave for another day. The LDL is your “bad cholesterol”, but we’re just going to call it the “garbage”.  It clogs [More]

Satisfaction in Small Town Living

“What attracted me to ACMC was that the system is physician owned,” says Dr. Ross, “I also knew that someday I wanted to live on a lake.  Lake property in the metro area was very expensive and so I decided to start looking at rural opportunities, and I gave ACMC a call. “One of the [More]