We are a group of independent physicians and scientists. We practice medicine in a variety of specialties including Developmental Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Addiction Medicine, Integrative Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Nephrology, Child Neurology, Radiology, Pathology, Molecular Genetics, Synthetic Neurobiology, Molecular Biology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and Magnetic Resonance research.
We work for many institutions across the state including clinics, hospitals, universities, and non-profit organizations.
We meet quarterly to discuss scientific advances in our fields, share our knowledge with fellow physicians and scientists from different specialties and disciplines.
We support our activities entirely through donations and do not collect membership dues. All donations are tax-deductible.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot about the way we do things. There is still much to learn about this disease and the different ways it affects us. To date, we center our attention on so-called primary prevention that focuses on preventing the infection before it occurs. In the practical terms, it translates into wearing protective gear ( mask, goggles, gloves, etc), limiting social contact, physical distancing, quarantines, and frequent hand washing.
Physicians and biomedical scientists around the globe are working tirelessly on finding successful treatments and vaccination research is underway. Many of our members are on the front lines of this pandemic. The medical systems of many cities and countries are overwhelmed with the number of patients that need intensive treatment. The full economical impact of COVID19 is still unknown.
The year that started with our Annual Meeting and elections in February we held for the first time at the University of Minnesota MCRB. New PAMSM Officers were elected, Dr. Szepietowski became Secretary, Dr. Mroz was re-elected as Treasurer and I was re-elected President. We combined the annual meeting with the educational program. Dr. Mroz discussed advances in pharmacogenomic testing. Our guest, Mr. Grzegorz Litynski talked about the importance and challenges of documentary photography. The visual history project "Kalejdoskop" focusing on documenting the presence of contemporary Polish American Minnesotans is still in our plans though the work has been slowed by the pandemic.
COVID-19 has impacted us all in different ways. We all have experienced the pandemic both professionally and personally. Changes in our daily lives, job loss, financial hardship, and grief over the death of loved ones affect our wellbeing. We all have shown collective resilience and ingenuity as we changed our lives dramatically.
But the things keep moving. PAMSM aims for an increased presence in the virtual space and online.
As we enter another month of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, we plan to host virtual meetings with lectures on a regular basis throughout the year to provide support and connection to our members but also the community at large.
We have accepted this challenge.
Katarzyna Litak, M.D.,
May 11, 2020