Thursday, September 24, 2020 

Inaguration 7-8pm

A virtual inaguration will be held for MMA's incoming President, Marilyn Peitso, MD

Friday, September 25, 2020 

General Session – COVID-19: Where Are We Now? 12-1pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world and months after a national public health emergency was declared – we are still fighting.  In this session, attendees will learn more about the shifting epidemiology of the disease; the state, federal and world response to the pandemic; what the greatest challenges have been in the fight against COVID-19; and what we need to improve upon to ensure that we are better equipped to handle the next public health emergency. 

Faculty: Jan Malcolm; Jon Cole, MD; Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH

Cracks in the Health Care System Exposed by COVID-19 1:30-2:30pm

The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing - and in many areas, widening - flaws and vulnerabilities in the U.S. health care system.  From the need to strengthen our public health systems, to exposing racial and ethnic disparities in access to and quality of health care, to forcing us to examine how health care is paid for and assess whether current payment models are still feasible – COVID-19 has exposed it all. This session will provide attendees with an opportunity to dive deep into three of the greatest cracks, assess opportunities for growth in our healthcare systems, and discuss tools needed to address future public health emergencies.

Cracks in the Health Care System Breakout Sessions (select one)

  • How well can current payment models sustain health care access through COVID-19 and other public health emergencies/crises?
    • Attendees will examine how health care is paid for, and assess whether current payment models can sustain health care access through COVID-19 and other public health emergencies/crises.
    • Faculty: Joe Bianco, MD; Additional faculty TBA
  • What are the limits of telehealth and its broader adoption?
    • Attendees will examine limits posed by telehealth, including broadband limits/access; cost of technology; technology use/challenges for patients; and licensing and cross-border patient care issues.
    • Faculty: Ruth Martinez, MA; Additional faculty TBA
  • Are investments in public health/emergency preparedness adequate to meet COVID-19 and other public health emergencies/crises?  
    • Attendees will examine current investments in Minnesota’s public health/emergency preparedness.  In addition, attendees will assess where challenges exist, and what needs to be addressed moving forward – to ensure that current and future public health emergencies don’t stress our public health system.
    • Faculty: Edward P. Ehlinger, MD, MSPH; Gretchen Musicant; Additional faculty TBA

Afternoon Concurrent Breakout Sessions (select one) 3-4pm

  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Medical Education
    • ​COVID-19 has changed many aspects of medicine, and medical education is one of them.  This session will examine the impact of COVID-19 on medical school and residency training, and what potential implications the pandemic has for the future of medical education. 
    • Faculty: Mark Rosenberg, MD; Darcy Reed, MD, MPH; Alexandra P. Wolanskyj-Spinner, MD; Derrick Lewis; Maria Arciniegas Calle, MD; Kate Hanson
  • COVID-19 and Health Equity
    • Many barriers, including social factors such as unjust conditions in society, employment status, residential segregation and economic instability, stand in the way of communities of color and American Indians having optimal health outcomes, and thus they experience higher rates of chronic disease, injury and violence.  These social determinants of health are some of the key factors driving how COVID-19 is impacting communities of color and American Indians. This session will dive deep into some of the root causes of health inequities, and examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted longstanding health inequities among these communities, both in Minnesota and across the U.S.  
    • Faculty: Eduardo Medina, MD; Kou Thao; Additional faculty TBA
  • The Journey to Treat COVID-19
    • During this session, we will examine the clinical side of COVID-19.  Hear from experts from across Minnesota who have been working to develop tests, therapeutics, and vaccines in the race against this unprecedented pandemic.  
    • Faculty: Stacey Rizza, MD; Timothy Schacker, MD

Saturday, September 26, 2020 

General Session: Addressing the Challenges of Viewing Medicine Through a Race-Based Lens 9-10am

We kick off our final day of the annual conference examining the use of race in medicine.  In April 2020, the MMA adopted policy that (1) recognizes that race is a social construct and is distinct from ethnicity; (2) demonstrates MMA’s support for ending the practice of using race as a proxy for biology or genetics in medical education, research, and clinical practice; and (3) recommends that the experience of racism and social determinants of health be used when describing risk factors for disease. In this session, we will discuss race in medicine from a clinical perspective, and assess how physicians can more effectively make clinical decisions – without the need for a race-based lens. 

Faculty: TBA

Closing Session: The Case for Equity in Healthcare 10:15-11:30am

This presentation will examine common barriers to addressing equity in healthcare and provide a series of compelling arguments for enacting true and measurable changes to healthcare which support equity – not only for healthcare workforce, but, importantly, changes which affect the entire healthcare ecosystem and include those of our patients and their health outcomes.

Faculty: Uché Blackstock, MD; Esther Choo, MD, MPH; Jane van Dis, MD

It’s a Wrap! 11:30-noon

Facilitated by MMA’s President, Marilyn Peitso, MD, this session will summarize what we learned throughout the conference, and will provide attendees with next steps that they can take in their role as advocates.