Friday, September 24, 2021 

2021 Business Meeting


The COVID Pandemic: The Evolving Reality

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    • Over the course of the past year and a half, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world, in more ways than one.  In this session, attendees will learn more about what the state, federal, and global response to COVID-19 has been; the role of vaccines; the effect of variants in the fight against COVID-19; and where we go next, as a global community.
  • What Role Can Medicine Play on Issues Related to Policing?
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      • After the death of George Floyd in 2020, protests could be seen from the streets of Minneapolis, to locations worldwide. Join us for a conversation with the co-authors of Injuries from Less-Lethal Weapons during the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis, a piece in the New England Journal of Medicine that examines a retrospective analysis involving patients injured by less-lethal weapons who were treated in two large Minnesota hospital systems during the George Floyd protests.
  • Mitigating microaggressions from patients, promoting relationship-centered care
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      • Every day, patients make comments to healthcare staff members that may invalidate their expertise, be insulting, or denigrating. Such comments are broadly classified as microaggressions. Though they happen frequently, these comments may still catch us off guard, and in an attempt to be patient-centered, we may brush off, ignore, or even validate such statements.  However, these episodes, when unaddressed, both erode the therapeutic relationship between the patient and the care team, and have the potential to inhibit optimal team function and contribute to medical errors.
        Participants will develop skills to support themselves and their colleagues who experience race, gender, or other discrimination when interacting with patients.  Through case discussion, participants will learn strategies to create a safe environment in clinical settings to address such comments and contribute to an inclusive environment.  
  • The Compounding Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Mental Health of Physicians
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      • In this conversation, we’ll dive into the mental health costs of approaching one year of living through the pandemic on the frontline as physicians. We will discuss, in particular, how COVID-19 compounded an existing mental health problem in physicians and significant barriers to care. We will also talk about how to assess your mental health needs when everyone's baseline mental health is abnormal in a pandemic, and some practical tools to manage your mental health acutely.