News Now Header
Top Stories
Health Disparities Work Group Begins Work Aug. 27
A 16-member MMA Health Disparities Work Group, formed to address racial and ethnic health disparities, will begin meeting Aug. 27. Read more here.  
Special Half-day Rates Available for MMA Annual Conference
The MMA is offering half-day rates for this year's Annual Conference for those who don't have the time to attend the entire day-and-a-half meeting taking place Sept. 25 and 26 at the Doubletree by Hilton Park Place Hotel in St. Louis Park. Read more here
MMA Provides Input to Health Care Workforce Commission
The MMA's Juliana Milhofer provided testimony on the importance of incentives for preceptors at the Aug. 18 meeting of the Legislative Health Care Workforce Commission. Among other things, the group is reviewing its draft 2015 work plan; considering preceptor and rural health provider tax credits; and discussing policies on student clinical placements. For more information on the group, which is scheduled to meet until December 2016, click here
Stearns Benton Holds Successful Drug Take-Back Event
On Aug. 15, the Stearns Benton Medical Society (SBMS) held another successful drug take-back event as part of a senior expo in St. Cloud. Physician volunteers worked with local law enforcement to dispose of unwanted medications. "Our goal is to get unwanted drugs out of citizens' cabinets," said SBMS President Patrick Zook, MD. "We don't want these medicines falling into the wrong hands." Several other society members handed out SBMS pill boxes and lists of approved drug drop-off sites. This is the second year SBMS has participated in the Senior Expo, which brings out thousands of participants from around the St. Cloud area.  
Hippocrates Cafe Kicks off MMA Annual Conference
Physicians are invited to attend a special Hippocrates Cafe, showcasing works from Minnesota Medicine, on Sept. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Doubletree Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis Park. Read more here.  
Klobuchar, Emmer and Dayton to Address Opioids at U Event
The MMA is co-sponsoring a free all-day seminar on prescription opioids called "Pain. Pill. Problem. Minnesota Moving Forward Together" on Aug. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Northrop Auditorium at the University of Minnesota. Registration is closed but walk-ins are still welcome. Please arrive early. Read more here
Foundation Volunteer Program Receives $30,000 Grant
On Aug. 14, the MMA Foundation (MMAF) learned that the Otto Bremer Foundation has awarded a grant of $30,000 to support MMAF's Physician Volunteerism Program (PVP). PVP works with community clinics and other organizations to identify interesting and fulfilling volunteer opportunities for Minnesota physicians. To learn more about PVP, and find a volunteer opportunity that works for you, visit the PVP website
Annual Conference Poster Symposium Doubles in Size
It's appropriate that the theme of the 2015 Annual Conference is the future of medicine given that 50 percent of those who have registered are our future leaders - medical students, residents and fellows.  Their hard work will take center stage during this year's conference, Sept. 25 and 26, in St. Louis Park. In between presentations and forums, attendees can learn about such poster topics as: "The Re-Emergence of Vaccine Preventable Diseases," "Untreated Congenital Hypothyroidism in Immigrant Families" and "Incidental Melanomas Detected in Veterans." For more on the conference, click here
Duluth is Next Stop for Opioid Seminars
The MMA will host a free REMS (risk evaluation and mitigation strategy) seminar on opioids for physicians who prescribe extended-release and long-acting opioid medications. The event will take place Oct. 1 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Black Woods Banquet Center in Duluth. The seminar, which will be led by MMA member Charles Reznikoff, MD, an addiction medicine specialist, will feature food and a cash bar. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  To register, click here
The MMA's Got Talent - Seeking Vocal Performer
By now you've heard that the 2015 Annual Conference is bigger and better than ever, but did you know it will also be more fun? In addition to the nationally recognized speakers, Hippocrates Cafe and expanded poster session, we will be adding a big dose of humor to the festivities. The MMA is seeking a talented singer for a fun, theatrical-style song at the Annual Conference September 26 in St. Louis Park. The chosen performer will partner with another member for a fun, tongue-in-cheek performance sure to leave the audience in stitches (the fun kind, no surgery allowed on stage). Participants will receive free conference registration. Interested? Send an email to Mandy Rubenstein or call/text 612-720-5757.  
Minnesota Medicine
The burden of ambiguity
When there are no clear-cut answers

On the go? Get the latest edition of Minnesota Medicine in one place in its Digital Edition.
Other MMA News

In Case You Missed It

Connect with the MMA
Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  View our videos on YouTube 
Join Our Mailing List