September 24, 2017

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Dr. Harley Pakola on His 30-Year Career as an Anesthesiologist with the Willmar Surgery Center

From the time the first Willmar Surgery Center’s doors opened in December of 1986, Anesthesiologist, Dr. Harley Pakola, has been on the surgical team. Now, 30 years later, the construction of the second-generation surgery center is underway. As Dr. Pakola prepares to transition to the new facility, he reflects on his career with ACMC and [More]

Rural Medicine Experience – Helping Me Develop My Style

Having lived in the metro area all my life, coming out to rural Minnesota to gain medical experience has been quite interesting. I’m currently a third-year medical student at Des Moines University in Iowa, and when putting in my request as to where I wanted to go for my clinical rotation, I knew I wanted [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]

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]