Front-Cover-1.pngMarch-April 2021 | Volume 104 | Issue 2

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IN THIS ISSUE

Although the demand for COVID-19 vaccines is still far ahead of the supply, overcoming vaccineresistance will be crucial to achieving herd immunity and allowing all of us to return to some kind of normal life. But for some communities, ugly historical incidents make understandable the reluctance to accept new treatments and preventatives—especially those that were developed as quickly as the first COVID vaccines.


TABLE OF CONTENTS


ON THE COVER

COVID-19 VACCINATION
The CASE method can help overcome hesitance

Patients turn to their primary care clinicians with questions about COVID vaccines. Be prepared to answer them.
BY ROBERT M. JACOBSON, MD, FAAP, AND LILA J. FINNEY RUTTEN, PHD, MPH


Vaccine distribution in Minnesota

The initial supply of vaccine was far short of the demand, but the development of vaccines and subsequent distribution was nothing short of remarkable.


Research into future vaccines

The development of initial COVID vaccines has not stopped research at the University of Minnesota on several models that use different mechanisms to stop the virus proteins.
BY LINDA PICONE


Vaccination in Indian Country

Vaccination of Native Americans in Minnesota and across the country is crucial to helping preserve an important history and culture.
BY LINDA PICONE


CLINICAL AND HEALTH AFFAIRS

The burden of liver disease in the East African immigrant community in Minnesota

BY NICHOLAS LIM, MD, AND MOHAMED HASSAN, MD


8-year-old boy with swelling on his head

BY MATS STEFFI JENNIFER, MD, AND MANU MADHOK, MD, MPH


EDITOR'S NOTE

Which COVID-19 vaccine to choose

Individuals— clinicians and others—are getting hung up on numbers like 70 percent, 80 percent, 90 percent.
BY ZEKE MCKINNEY, MD
 

RECLAIMING JOY

RECLAIMING HAPPINESS IN YOUR WORK
How does your level of burnout compare?

Liselotte N. Dyrbye, MD, MHPE, has helped develop an app that allows physicians to assess themselves on burnout and to find resources to help.
BY LINDA PICONE
 

GOOD PRACTICE

IDEAS THAT WORK
M Health Fairview plans to remove race from estimated glomerular filtration calculations.

BY KRISTINA M. KROHN, MD, ET AL
 

ARTS AND MEDICINE

PHYSICIANS AND CREATIVITY
Poems and an essay reflecting on COVID and medical practice.

BY JUSTINA YAMANUHA, MD; LAWRENCE DEAL, MD; AND JAMES R. JOHNSON, MD


ETHICS

WEIGHING VALUES
How do physicians balance providing the best medical care with the fact that some patients can’t afford it?

BY KEITH STELTER, MD; SARA ROBINSON, MD; AND MACARAN BAIRD, MD

 

THE PHYSICIAN ADVOCATE

The Physician Advocate / MMA NEWS

The MMA's report on policy, people and politics
Advocacy Week at the Minnesota Capitol and MMA legislative priorities. New guidance on liability exposure. Step 2 clinical skills exam eliminated. Health equity and education.

 

BOOK REVIEW

James Hamblin, MD, PHP, author of Clean: The New Science of Skin, thinks we wash too much.
BY CHARLES MEYER, MD


MMA ANNUAL REPORT

2020 Annual Report: Responding to a pandemic
 

ON CALL

Meet MMA physicians

Yazdaan Juma, MD, and Mark Boyce, MD.