October 19, 2017

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Willmar Medical Students Continue Efforts to Address Community Health Needs

Many medical students leave lasting impressions on ACMC. This impact is often seen through the projects they complete during their time in the community and at the clinic. Each student is required to chooses an area of interest and develop a program that helps alleviate an issue affecting the community’s health. When a former medical [More]

Breaking Barriers: Medical Student Brings Fitness to Somali Women

In an empty classroom at a repurposed elementary school building in Willmar, Minnesota, third-year medical student, Robin Sautter, created a place where Somali women could exercise in a setting that met their cultural and physical activity needs. In the transition from their home country, Somali refugee women often had to alter their active lifestyles when entering a westernized [More]

A Day in the Life of Medical Student

Most people will never know what it’s like to be a medical student: the long hours of studying, learning from fellow students and doctors and the rewarding time spent on different rotations. But we’re giving you a peek at life as a medical student. Every year ACMC hosts a variety of students who spend time in our clinics [More]

Medical Student Alex Hartley’s Road to Psychiatry

ACMC fourth-year medical student Alexandra Hartley didn’t take the traditional path into medicine like many of her peers. After finishing her undergraduate degree at the University of St. Thomas, she spent five years working with adults with mental illness in the Twin Cities. That was when she realized if she wanted to bring mental health [More]

Habla Español? Third-Year Medical Student Matt Cabrera Svendsen Does.

Third-year medical student Matt Cabrera Svendsen was working on his master of public health degree when he volunteered his time at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic in Minneapolis.  Many of his patients spoke Spanish, but he did not.  He quickly realized that no matter how much medical knowledge he had, language barriers made it difficult for [More]

Third-Year Medical Student Melissa Pavek: Hiking Adventures through Minnesota State Parks

Before starting rotations as a third-year medical student at ACMC in Willmar, Melissa Pavek had already spent some time in the Willmar area.  She and her family had hiked Sibley State Park many years before. What started out as a family vacation quickly became a family affair for Melissa and her family.  It’s become a lifelong [More]

Third-Year Medical Student Reid Johnson’s Journey into Medicine

Raised in California this surfer, banjo player, genealogist, and Eagle Scout packed his bags at 19, leaving Southern California behind. He traveled more than 5,000 miles to Santiago, Chile, on a church mission trip. What Reid didn’t know at the time was that his two-year experience in South America would help determine the direction of [More]

Medical Students Educated about Abuse Assessment – Safe Avenue

At ACMC, ongoing education is a must for all providers and staff. We also offer weekly ‘classroom’ education sessions onsite for students rotating within our organization. These sessions have included a variety of specialties available locally. The programs are presented on a rotating basis by providers from ACMC, Rice Memorial Hospital and community health care [More]

I Care for the Community that Cares for Me!

I guess when I look back you could probably ask my classmates and they would tell you that it was as early as sixth grade that I knew that I wanted to be a doctor. I grew up in rural Spicer, Minn., and I knew that this was the size of community I wanted to [More]

My Roots and My Passion Have Always Been with Rural Medicine

A native of Litchfield, MN, Dr. Ronald Holmgren’s first experiences with Willmar Clinic (now known as ACMC) were as a third year medical student participating in the Rural Physicians Associate Program (RPAP).  In 1977, Dr. Holmgren returned to Willmar to start his practice and today is currently the President and CEO of Affiliated Community Medical [More]