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Members Help Ban E-Cigs in Indoor Public Areas in St. Louis County

Two Duluth-based members testified before the St. Louis County Board earlier this month as the board considered further restricting e-cigarette use in indoor public areas. The measure passed 5 to 2. Read more here.  

Foundation's Physician Volunteer Program Now in Full Operation

The MMA Foundation's Physician Volunteerism Program (PVP) has moved from a pilot project to full operation with the listing of several new volunteer opportunities for Minnesota physicians. Read more here.    

Medical Cannabis Begins Monday - Are you Ready?   

The MMA's new Medical Cannabis Policies and Procedures Manual offers a comprehensive, ready-to-use guide to ensure clinics are ready to manage medical cannabis patients. The manual will help your staff confidently, consistently and legally manage medical cannabis questions and requests from patients. It is designed to save you time, money and dollars in development costs. Read more here.

Attention: Important Message for MMA Members

On May 21, the MMA launched a new and improved membership database. It will allow you to more easily sign up for events and better interact with the MMA. And, this fall, it will allow you to pay your dues online during the annual membership drive. Your first interaction with the membership database will occur when you sign up for an MMA event or meeting. When you register for an event or meeting you will be prompted to enter an email address. If you do not have an email address in our system, you will be prompted to provide some general information before you can register. If you do have an email address in our system, you will see a screen that provides you the following option: "If you forgot or do not know your credentials, please click for email instructions." Click the link. You will then enter your email again and hit the reset password button. An email will be sent to you that will allow you to create a password that you should save and use in the future on the new membership database. If you have questions, please contact Jaime Olson.

New Multi-cultural Advance Care Planning Videos Released

Honoring Choices Minnesota recently released advance care planning videos in Spanish, Somali and Hmong. Each is fewer than 10 minutes and is designed for use in clinics, hospitals and within communities. They are made possible by funding from Aligning Forces for Quality, which is intent on improving the quality of health care in targeted communities, reducing racial and ethnic disparities, and providing models for national reform. For more information, click here.   

Attention Surgeons: Do you Listen to Music in the OR?

A recent Duluth News Tribune article highlights the fact that Duluth surgeon Mark Monte, MD, listens to Bruce Springsteen while working in the OR. Minnesota Medicine is interested in finding out about the musical tastes of more Minnesota surgeons. Click here to tell us about your musical preferences.

What Diagnosis Do You Dread?

Minnesota Medicine is seeking case studies about dreaded diagnoses -- the kind that are either difficult to make or treat or that are devastating to patients. Case studies should be between 500 and 1,000 words in length and include references and images, if relevant. Those selected for publication will appear in the August issue. Deadline for submissions is June 8. Click here to submit your case.

Members in the News

Three members (President-elect Dave Thorson, MD, Greg Plotnikoff, MD, and Andrew Bachman, MD) were quoted in a May 25 Minneapolis Star-Tribune article discussing physicians' role in the state's new medical cannabis program. 


Members Laurie Drill-Mellum, MD, and Colin West, MD, were featured in a May 24 Star Tribune article on physician burnout.  

New and Returning Members

Please welcome 30 more physicians who have joined MMA or renewed their memberships. This week, physicians from Minneapolis, Rochester and Brooklyn Park have joined the ranks of the MMA. We are regularly recognizing new and returning members who are helping the MMA stand up for physicians on issues that affect their practices and their patients. Thank you for your support. See our new and returning members. If you want to renew your membership, or join MMA, call 612-372-3728 or email us.  

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