November 19, 2017

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Rural Healthcare in Action: My Two Weeks in Granite Falls

Medical student, Lily Wood, spent two weeks with us for her  Summer Institute for Medical Student (SIMS) experience. This is her reflection on the time she spent at ACMC-Granite Falls.  “I arrived in Granite Falls, Minnesota after a 2.5 hour drive, mostly through corn fields and teeny towns, at the end of July. I was [More]

Music and Medicine: How Medical Student Noah Kelm Went from Singer to Surgeon

As a third-year medical student, Noah Kelm is well on his way to becoming a doctor. Although Noah felt he was always meant to be in the medical field, it wasn’t the first dream he set out to achieve. Before becoming a medical student, he pursued his dreams of becoming a professional musician. Noah has [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]

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]

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]

ACMC Offers Flexibility for my Medical Career and Family

I start my day at 5:30am with a cup of coffee relaxing, thinking about the events of the day while listening to the still of the house.  As the pitter patter of little feet come down the hall, the mom hat goes on as I help my boys Camden (7) and Kilen (5) get ready [More]

RPAP – the Cornerstone of My Medical Training

I couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised when I opened up the envelope in the mail this past summer to find out that I had been chosen to be the Rural Physicians Associate Program (RPAP) Student of the Year!  It’s really a tribute to my colleagues Dr. Richard Wehseler, my primary preceptor, and Gina Hatlestad [More]

This is Where I Belong: Multi-Specialty Experiences at ACMC

I’m currently starting my 4th year as a medical student and spent the last 9 months of my schooling at ACMC under the Rural Physician Associates Program (RPAP) that is organized through the University of Minnesota.  I’ve had previous experiences with ACMC with my brother being an RPAP student here last year, and I also [More]