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Primary care is vital to provide needed care to people of all ages in different urban and rural regions of the country. Even with the important role primary care plays, current research is finding that the United States has a shortage of primary care physicians.

Nationally, Pediatric Rheumatology is an understaffed subspecialty with one of the lowest pay scales compared to physicians specializing in other types of medicine. To help with this lower workforce, many hospitals are offering student loan repayment programs, but many physicians say this isn’t enough to recruit new medical students and physicians into the Rheumatology subspecialty.

A new NIH clinical trial was awarded to Jerica Berge, PhD, MPH, LMFT, CFLE, along with her interdisciplinary team of co-investigators. This study is one of the first to use ecological momentary intervention tools (i.e., mHealth) to intervene with parental stress to improve the home food environment.

As vaccination rollout continues and expands to more of the United States population, Minnesota recently opened its vaccination doors to anyone 16 years of age or older. Mark Schleiss, MD, with the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases discusses what this means for vaccinated adults with children trying to return to some pre-pandemic normalcies.

In light of the past year and the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, the  Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal has recently announced a new award, the Health Care Heroes awards. Among the winners was Abraham Jacob, MD, MHA, Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at the University of Minnesota.

In the midst of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout and national cases slowly increasing, the need for pediatric vaccine distribution is being called to light. Jill Foster, MD, from the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Minnesota discusses the pediatric vaccination rollout process that lies ahead. 

Michael Pitt, MD, Associate Professor in the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, has been using the similarities between magic and medicine to make his patients’ difficult times in the hospital a bit easier.

On March 15, M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center - East Bank introduced 35 newly renovated on-call rooms for their residents, fellows, and select providers. The rooms have enhanced features and amenities, including an upgraded and expanded exercise room.

Andrew Olson, MD, Associate Professor with the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at the University of Minnesota has recently been awarded The Herbert S. Waxman Award for Outstanding Medical Student Educators.