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Mayo Clinic Neurologist Joins President Obama’s Dialogue on Concussions

May 29, 2014

sideline footballPHOENIX —  David Dodick, M.D., a neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona and an expert in concussion care and research, joined other medical experts and President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., at the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit today.

The summit is a White House initiative to raise awareness of the increasing rate of concussions among young athletes, and to develop an action plan to protect the safety and health of youth athletes who participate in sport. Medical experts, coaches, parents and players joined President Obama to talk about safe sports.

The White House asked the panelists to submit a list of key concussion initiatives to the summit organizers. Dr. Dodick submitted Mayo Clinic efforts including:

  • Rochester Minnesota Youth Study - In an attempt to better understand the impact of youth football on the developing brain, and develop rapid and reliable tools to diagnose concussion and monitor its recovery, this study will be evaluating pre- to post-season changes in cognitive functioning as measured by a computerized cognitive assessment test and eye movement analysis as measured by the King-Devick Test with Tobii Eye Tracking technology.
  • Comprehensive Concussion Solution for Arizona Schools - Mayo Clinic will expand its efforts to ensure the safety and brain health of youth athletes across Arizona by implementing a comprehensive concussion for youth athletes. This will involve a state-wide concussion educational program for middle and high schools, standardized and evidence-based strategies to reduce the risk of concussion, ensure the accurate diagnosis of concussion at the time of injury, and manage the safe return-to-learn and return-to-play decisions for all concussed youth athletes.
  • Reduce Concussion in Amateur Ice Hockey - Mayo Clinic held two major International Ice Hockey Summits on Concussion in 2010 and 2013 in Rochester, Minnesota. Global experts (clinicians and scientists) in concussion, equipment, officiating, kinesiology and professional athletes participated. The proceedings were published as a call to action and as a result, body checking in pee-wee hockey was eliminated by Hockey Canada and USA Hockey. As a result of the 2013 Summit, Mayo Clinic has proposed the elimination of fighting from junior ice hockey.
  • Research:
    • Together with collaborating scientists across multiple institutions around North American and Europe, Mayo Clinic is actively engaged in the development of clinical biomarkers for the diagnosis of and recovery-monitoring from concussion.
    • Mayo Clinic and collaborating scientists at Arizona State University are evaluating concussion-induced activation of molecules within the brain that stimulate dormant stem cells within the brain. The hope is that this research may reveal future targets for treatment that will limit the damage and enhance the repair of injured brain tissue  after concussion.
    • Mayo Clinic is attempting to determine the precise nature of the injury to the brain, at a cellular level, from the rotational and acceleration forces encountered during hits to the head in ice hockey players.
    • Mayo Clinic is embarking on a study to evaluate the effectiveness of an oral medication, administered at the time of concussion, to prevent or minimize the brain injury and symptoms that typically occur after a concussion. To date, no such study investigating a treatment to prevent the cascade of events that occur in the brain after a concussion has been performed in athletes.

Dr. Dodick is the Program Director of the Mayo Clinic Neurology Residency Program and Headache Medicine Fellowship Program. He is the Medical Director of the Headache Program as well as the Concussion Program at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Dr.Dodick has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications and co-authored 8 books. He serves as Editor in Chief of Cephalalgia and is on the editorial board of several journals including The Neurologist, Postgraduate Medicine and Lancet Neurology. He is the Immediate Past-President of the American Headache Society, Chair of the American Migraine Foundation, and President-Elect of the International Headache Society.

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Much of what's being done for Mayo's Commitment to Safety also ties into staff satisfaction – glad to see that staff feel it is one of our strengths!

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My frustration comes from not being able to get a primary care doctor. I have worked here a year and have only lived in the area two years. I have been trying to get a primary care doctor but have been told time and time again that staff "doctors are not taking on new patients". I have mayo insurance so Mayo is the only place my family and I can go for care. I do not live in Olmsted county (but a surrounding county) so I cannot go to PCIM. I have tried family medicine and have even tried MCHS (even though I work in Rochester) and am still told that staff doctors are not taking on new patients. I may be an employee but I am also a patient, apparently the needs of me and my family are not as important as non-employee patients.

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@Anna I just called the primary care line located on their website and was assigned to a doctor. Don’t have a primary care provider? Call 507-284-2272. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday: 7 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday: 7 a.m.–noon. Above came fro

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Thanks Melissa but they wouldn't help me. I was seen by a MCHS resident once upon a time when I went in with the flu so they say I have to stay with that MCHS. I Am willing to do this but the MCHS keeps telling me that staff doctors are not taking on new patients. Why do I keep getting the run-around?

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Anna, have you tried getting a resident for your primary care provider, or perhaps a nurse practitioner? I had a primary care provider assigned to me a few years back after my previous one left, and so I called to request being reassigned to a female. My new provider happens to be a resident, but I would have been comfortable with a NP as well. The most important thing is to have a central person who is aware of your history, with who you are comfortable discussing your private issues, and who you trust to refer you for advanced care if a health issue is beyond their scope of treatment. The PCP does not need to be a staff consultant in order to fulfill that role well.

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I don't agree with being assigned a resident. That's the path I'm on, but since I don't have major medical needs, and only need to have checkups every couple years or so, by the time I go back in, the resident I had seen has moved on to another rotation and I'm seeing someone new. Most of my appointments are "getting to know" each other instead of just reviewing history and moving on.

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I would be 100% happy with a mid-level! I do not want a resident, not because I don't like them, but because you end up having to be re-assigned constantly (as mentioned above) plus if they are doing a rotation somewhere else you end up seeing someone different anyway.

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I think there is a major disconnect between Mayo and MCHS. We at MCHS are treated like second class citizens, and I have no idea why.

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Won't the same number of work units always be in the bottom quarter? How would it be a quarter otherwise?

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I have been a patient and employee for 6 years now and still cannot get a staff doc. I love my current provider, a resident, however, it's only just a matter of time before she moves on and I start the process all over again. And it's not because I don't need it. I have had 2 hospital stays and a cancer diagnosis in the past 3 years alone and still have not been able to get a staff doc.

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Ok…does out department actually going to share the results with us? I never even got to see the results from Last Year??!! How can we find the results??

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in regards to "MCHS concerns — Pay, benefits, MCHS’s genuine interest in employees, being “Mayo” I feel that the shift differential should be the same across ALL sites. This policy is Rochesters policy: http://mayocontent.mayo.edu/hr-epm/DOCMAN-0000039670 However in Arizona for a level 1 the shift diff pay is much different. The pay is a straight $2/hour and the hours for the shift differential is from 7 pm to 7 am. If we are "One Mayo" then treat us as ONE MAYO! I do the exact same job as my counterparts in Rochester at the same time as Rochester. Why cant we get paid the same in differential pay? I think things like this will go a long ways in Staff Satisfaction.

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Eric – I agree with you 100% – "If we are "One Mayo" then treat us as ONE MAYO!" Like you, I do the exact same job as my peers in Scottsdale, yet they are paid more and the basic qualifications are less than that required in Rochester. However, when you bring this to the attention of HR, you receive the usual standard responses that don't answer the question and get you no where. While the survey results are positive overall, there still remains much employee discontent.

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Tracy, please feel free to ask your supervisor how the survey results will be shared with your team. The message has been communicated that all supervisors are to share the results with their team and new tools, such as having your team’s results automatically load into a PowerPoint presentation, have been provided to supervisors to make this an easier process. If your supervisor does not respond in an appropriate manner, feel free to go to the next level of management or contact the Human Resources Service Partner for your area to help influence the process. The Employee Service Center at (77)6-0440 can provide you with the name of the Human Resources Service Partner if needed. Phil Jacobson Director of Workforce Research and Analysis 507.284.3415 (office) | 127 or (77)3-5306 (pager) jacobson.philip@mayo.edu

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Nice, the link to the All Staff Survey in this article requires an upgrade to Acrobat Reader, which means almost all of Mayo Clinic will be calling the Help Desk to get installed.

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