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Connecting the Dots features content for Clinical Partners — connecting Clinicians and APPs with useful information.

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NEXT Grand Rounds: June 13th

Join your Clinical Partner colleagues for the June Grand Rounds on TEAMS, hosted by Dr. Lucio Minces. This month’s case will be presented by Scott Abrams, MD, and Kurt DeVine, MD.

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CentraCare Clinicians Co-author Peer Reviewed Article

The operational objective was to develop a roundtrip, same‐day endoscopic procedures service where patients would transfer by ambulance to St. Cloud Hospital to undergo the necessary procedures and then return to the referring hospital for further care. The result, according to Dr. Fateh Bazerbachi, perfectly encapsulates CentraCare’s core mission of bringing tertiary care closer to home.

Med School

As our medical school prepares to open its doors in August 2025, we are preparing to welcome an inaugural class of 24 students. To embark on this new initiative, we are initiating pilot clerkships involving current students from Twin Cities and Duluth. Our surgery pilot commenced in February and will be followed by pilot clerkships in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Family Medicine in May. These rotations, fundamental for students, will be established in collaboration with department leads at the University of Minnesota.

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Infographic on Same Day, Round trip Endoscopic Procedures


As clinicians, we have an inherent drive to make things better. An example of that drive is evident in a recent article in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Six physicians from CentraCare co-authored a study with three University of Minnesota physicians and CentraCare’s Deanne Walz, MSN, BSN, CGRN to implement a same-day, round-trip interventional endoscopy service for rural and critical access hospital patients. The result of their work is featured in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, Innovations Corner. Read excerpts from their journal article below.

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Come along as the comp model is rebuilt for value based care.

Ethics: Medical Futility Conflicts

Key Strategies for Responding to Patient and Surrogate Requests for Non-Beneficial and Potentially Inappropriate Treatment

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Health Law Professor and Bioethicist Thaddues Pope, JD PhD

Health Law Professor and Bioethicist, Thaddeus Pope, JD, PhD, HEC-C


Watch the recording of the Ethics CME event: Medical Futility Conflicts with renowned expert, Thaddeus Pope, JD, PhD, HEC-C.



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Recent Episodes

We all have enormous demands on our time. Yet, we need to stay informed and keep connected. This Fall, we’ll launch a short, weekly podcast for Clinical Partners called STATIM. The idea is to subscribe and find a few minutes of commute time to stay up-to-date.