August 21, 2017

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Medical Student Brooklyn Leitch and Her Path to Pediatrics

Growing up, Brooklyn Leitch wasn’t sure what she wanted to do for a career. What she did know was that she wanted to do something where she could care for children. In high school, when classmates were getting jobs at department stores or restaurants, Brooklyn spent her time babysitting. That’s what sparked the passion that [More]

From the West Coast to Willmar: Dr. Katie Reigstad’s Road Back Home

It has been nearly 14 years since Dr. Katie Reigstad graduated from Willmar High School. Since leaving her hometown, Dr. Reigstad experienced California, Ohio, and Utah before deciding there really was no place like home. Now, with medical school behind her and a bright future ahead, Dr. Reigstad has returned to Willmar to move forward [More]

From West Africa to Western Minnesota: ACMC Attracts Global Talent

A small-town clinic in the heart of rural Minnesota must be doing something right if it can attract top-level physicians from around the world. Considering the average low temperature hovers around zero in the winter, it’s even more impressive to hear the story of Dr. Laamy Tiadjeri, one of Affiliated Community Medical Centers’ (ACMC) newest [More]

Third-Year Medical Student Gavin Maurer Experiences Life as a Small Town Physician

Third-year medical student Gavin Maurer pulls his ’78 Chevy pick-up up the driveway of his parent’s farm in Morgan, which is about 15 miles southeast of Redwood Falls. He’s just there for a visit, but he enjoys going back home again and wishes he had the time to jump back into the familiar routine of [More]

Dr. Ronald Holmgren Building a Legacy of Leadership at ACMC

Family medicine physician and ACMC president and CEO Dr. Ronald Holmgren always planned on setting up practice in a more rural area. He had spent his Rural Physician Associates Program (RPAP) experience training in Clara City. As part of his rotations during RPAP, he became more familiar with Willmar, traveling to Rice Memorial Hospital to [More]

Meet ACMC’s 2015-2016 Medical Students

You may see some new faces in your exam room the next time you’re at ACMC. They’re future doctors on rotation at ACMC. Every year ACMC hosts medical students—mostly from the University of Minnesota’s Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP) and Des Moines University.  These medical students are looking at a rural experience to see if [More]

Medical Student Libby Feist Practicing Medicine and Spanish during RPAP Experience

Growing up in New Prague, Minn., Libby Feist loved watching the television show ER with her mom. It’s what first sparked her interest in the medical field. Science classes were her favorite, and a human anatomy class she took in high school was further proof that it may be the right career for her. But [More]

Two ACMC Physicians honored with RPAP Preceptor Award

ACMC family medicine physicians Dr. Daniel Fuglestad and Dr. Michael Nicklawsky were recently honored with the University of Minnesota’s Rural Physician Associate Program Preceptor Achievement Award for the 2013-2014 program year.  Both have enjoyed working with many medical students throughout the years, dedicating time to teach these students and help them grow in their medical education. [More]

Medical Student Kristin Comstock Reflects on Rotations at ACMC-Granite Falls

As a third-year medical student, I am studying and working at ACMC-Granite Falls under Dr. Art Rillo. Originally from Roseau, Minn., I am studying medicine through the University of Minnesota.  I completed my first two years of medical school in Duluth. The Rural Physicians Associates Program Led Me to ACMC in Granite Falls Going into [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]