Front-Cover-1.pngJan-Feb 2021 | Volume 104 | Issue 1

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IN THIS ISSUE

This issue of Minnesota Medicine went to press just as the first COVID vaccine was arriving in Minnesota. By the time you read this, hundreds of health care workers on the front line will have received their first vaccinations. COVID is going to be a major factor in our lives—and in this magazine— for many months, but at last we have a glimpse into a better 2021.


Table of Contents


ON THE COVER

Entrepreneurs in medicine

Some physicians turn their experience, skills and willingness to work hard into innovation that can improve medical care—or just make good business sense.
BY SUZY FRISCH


FEATURES

Cancer during COVID
The pandemic has created a widening gap in access and timely treatment for people with cancer.
BY YATHARTH SHARMA AND ELSA KEELER, MD, MPH

Complicated grief
Physicians can recognize and help patients who struggle to adjust to loss.
BY KIMBERLY SCHOONOVER, MD

Televisits for mental health

The sudden shift to telehealth has pluses and minuses for psychiatrists and their patients.
BY ANDY STEINER
 

STUDENT, RESIDENT AND FELLOW RESEARCH

Abstracts from physicians-in-training

Fossa of Landzert herniation in a young woman presenting with chronic episodic abdominal pain

BY GRACE BRAIMOH, MD, AND ROBERT MATLOCK, MD
 

Serotonin syndrome in a 27-year-old female in the context of therapeutic titration of sertraline

BY MICHELLE CORKRUM, PHD; RACHEL KAY, MD; AND BARRY RITTBERG, MD
 

Primary care, the PSA test, and excess surgery: Does da Vinci robot acquisition lead to more prostatectomy?

BY SUNDUS SHAUKAT, MBBS, AND MAHAD A. MINHAS, MD, MPH


Acute liver failure from low-dose acetaminophen

BY NATALIE WILSON AND SAMUEL IVES, MD


CLINICAL AND HEALTH AFFAIRS

Are the kids all right?

A look at flourishing among school-age children and youth in Minnesota
BY MARVIN SO, MPH, AND ANNA LYNN, MPP


EDITOR'S NOTE

Reducing judgment to create trust

Our judgmental view of patient behavior is not only a barrier to patients engaging with us as clinicians, but also to their sense of self-worth when considering their own health goals.
BY ZEKE MCKINNEY, MD
 

GOOD PRACTICE

Mixed Blood Theatre listens to its community

Mixed Blood Theatre and City of Nations Storytelling Studio use storytelling circles to help East African immigrants become better advocates for their own health care.
BY LINDA PICONE


RECLAIMING JOY

SELF-COMPASSION
Can you be as caring to yourself as you are to patients?
Physicians need to be as compassionate with themselves as they are with patients.
BY LINDA PICONE
 

ETHICS

ETHICS SUPPORT DURING COVID-19:
The Minnesota COVID Ethics Collaborative

BY DEBRA DEBRUIN, PHD, AND SUSAN M. WOLF, JD
 

THE PHYSICIAN ADVOCATE

The Physician Advocate / MMA NEWS

The MMA's report on policy, people and politics
Preview of the 2021 legislative session. MMA files amicus brief on flavored tobacco ordinance. New task forces take on equity issues. AMA adopts resolution on using race as a proxy for biology.

 

COMMENTARY

Immigrant detention

Incarceration of immigrants negatively affects health in many ways; the pandemic has made it worse.
BY MADISON E. KAHLE; CALLA BROWN, MS, MHR; CHARLES N. OBERG, MD, MPH, FAAP; AND CYNTHIA HOWARD, MD, MPHTM


Recovery from the pandemic

Our health care systems are rebuilding, but inequities stand out.
BY TODD ARCHBOLD, LSW, MBA


ON CALL

Meet MMA physicians

Natalia Dorf-Biderman, MD, and Lora Wichser, MD.