Sept-Oct_2021November-December 2021 | Volume 104 | Issue 6

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IN THIS ISSUE

Living and working through a pandemic—a pandemic still hugely present—has changed physicians’ lives and practices. This issue of Minnesota Medicine focuses almost exclusively on COVID-19 and how it has impacted physicians. We aren’t done with the coronavirus, unfortunately, but it’s a good time to look at
what we’ve experienced so far and what the future may look like.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS


ON THE COVER

COVID-19 CHANGED EVERYTHING

REFLECTIONS ON WHERE WE’VE BEEN, WHERE WE ARE— AND WHAT COMES NEXT.
Voices from the pandemic

Fifteen people, from medical students to researchers to clinicians to a health system leader share their experiences and thoughts about the COVID-19 pandemic: Ben Trappey, MD; Derrick B. Lewis; Veda Bellamkonda, MD; Jon Hallberg, MD; Fatima Jiwa, MD; Dmitri Drekonja, MD, MS; Krista Olsen, MD; Stephen Richardson, MD; Alexis del Vecchio, MD; Ruth Baker; Susan Kline, MD, MPH; Todd Archbold, LSW, MBA; Christopher Tignanelli, MD, MS, FACS, FAMIA; and Amy Karger, MD, PhD.


Among those we lost
Joseph Wethington, MD, PhD, and Richard Salk, MD, retired physicians, were among the
more than 40 Minnesota healthcare workers who have died as a result of COVID-19.
BY SUZY FRISCH
 
Minnesota Department of Health on the frontline
Kris Ehresmann, RN, MPH, and Ruth Lynfield, MD, have been two of the most prominent
faces of public health in Minnesota during COVID.
BY SUZY FRISCH
 
The age of the variants
Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and
Policy at the University of Minnesota, long predicted a pandemic. He describes what we
now know and where we are today in terms of the virus.
BY LINDA PICONE
 
COVID impacts on healthcare quality
Statewide results for nearly all quality measures of health declined in 2020.
BY JULIE J. SONIER, MPA
 

EDITOR’S NOTE

Toward the quadruple aim: caring for oneself

Is this how burnout feels? I don’t think so. Burnout means feeling exhausted, detached and cynical about one’s work. But that’s not how I’m feeling. All this work on COVID and health equity are necessary—and
fulfilling. There’s just too much of it and I’m a bit anxious about what isn’t getting done.
Zeke J. McKinney, MD, MHI, MPH
 

RECLAIMING JOY

COVID fatigue is real. Gratitude can help physicians cope.

BY LISELOTTE DYRBYE, MD


THE PHYSICIAN ADVOCATE

The Physician Advocate / MMA NEWS

The MMA's report on policy, people and politics
Minnesota Supreme Court to hear medical malpractice suit about physician responsibility to predict violence by a patient. Minnesota to get millions from opioid settlement. AMA launches fellowship for LGBTQ+ community. Report on MMA priorities at Minnesota Legislature.
 

RESEARCH

Testing PPE protocols

BY DEEKSHA BORKAR, MD, MPH; VAISHALI JHA, MD; JENNIFER BOE, BSN; KAREN MATHIAS, MSN, APRN, PCNS-BC; ERNEST KRAUSE BS; ERINN VON REIN, PA-C; TROY REIHSEN; AND MANU MADHOK, MD, MPH


Digoxin toxicity after second COVID vaccination
BY ROBERT COLE PUERINGER, MD; ANNIE ARENS, MD; NATHAN M. KUNZLER, MD; ERIN BATDORFF, MD; JON B. COLE, MD; AND TRAVIS D. OLIVES, MD, MPH, MED

COVID reinfection and transmission
BY NICHOLAS B. LEHNERTZ, MD, MPH, MHS; ELITZA S. THEEL, PHD; ALEXANDRA LORENTZ, APHL-CDC; VISHAL SHAH, MD; XIONG WANG, PHD; AND RUTH LYNFIELD, MD
 

ON CALL

Meet MMA physicians
Brandon Ng, MD, and Aasfia Qaadir, DO.