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Volume 123, Issue 2

Cover Theme: Caring for Patients Through the Lens of Generational Understanding

From the Silent Generation to Generation Z and each generation in between, patients have unique preferences, communication styles, and health beliefs. An editorial in this issue of WMJ breaks down these generational attributes and suggests that understanding them is essential for patient satisfaction and improved health outcomes. The issue also includes studies exploring rural-urban indexes used in cancer research, neurological outcomes of traumatic spinal cord injuries for patients transported via helicopter vs ambulance, an overview of cutaneous blastomycosis in Wisconsin, and more.

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From the Editor
Compassionate Care Through the Lens of Generational Understanding
Fahad Aziz, MD, FASN

From the Editor
The Art of Peer Review
David C. Mallinson, PhD; Corlin Jewell, MD; Fahad Aziz, MD

Letter to the Editor
Caution Urged Regarding Role of Free Clinics in US
John J. Frey, III, MD

Letter to the Editor
Mitigating Burnout Imperative for Retention of Hospitalists
Amarilis A. Martin, MD; Adaira Landry, MD, MEd; Meridith Englander, MD; Jessica M. Allan, MD

Early Access Physical Therapy: Utilizing Physical Therapists in Urgent Care and Emergency Settings
Jeff Hartman PT, DPT, MPH; Sarah Nechvatal, PT, DPT; Bringa Johnson, PT, DPT, OCS, GCS

Increased Incidence of Retinoblastoma in Wisconsin: Coincidence or Public Health Concern?
Sudarshawn Damodharan, DO; Eric Monroe, MD

Dean’s Corner
Piloting Skin Cancer Screenings to Prioritize Communities of Color
Joseph E. Kerschner, MD; Olushola L. Akinshemoyin Vaughn, MD


Same People, Different Results: Categorizing Cancer Registry Cases Across the Rural-Urban Continuum
Andrea M. Schiefelbein, MSPH; John K. Krebsbach, BS; Amy K. Taylor, MD; Chloe E. Haimson, PhD; Patrick R. Varley, MD; Melissa C. Skala, PhD; John M. Eason, PhD; Noelle K. LoConte, MD

Interfacility Ambulance Versus Helicopter Transport of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury Patients: Outcomes, Observations, and Utilization 
Robert C. Sterner, BS, BA; Nathaniel P. Brooks, MD

Review of Cutaneous Blastomycosis Seen in Wisconsin
Nina Punyamurthy, BA; Kimberly Katz, MD; Alan Vu, MD; Nathan Duncan, BS; Karolyn A. Wanat, MD

Perspectives on Electronic Nicotine Delivery System Use Cessation Among Adults in Rural Areas: Implications for Future Studies 
Seok Hyun Gwon, PhD, RN; Vipavee Thongpriwan, PhD, RN; Yourim Kim, MS; Imteyaz El Jarrah, MSN, RN; Amani Mobarki, MSN, RN; Young Ik Cho, PhD; Han Joo Lee, PhD; Alex Nelson; Devon Noonan, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC

Critical Reflection to Investigate Medical Student Attitudes Toward Skin Tone in Their Preclinical Years
Molly Thapar, BS; Elizabeth Dominguez, BS; Katarina Stark, MD; Johnathon Neist, MLIS; Kerrie Quirk, MEd; Malika Siker, MD; Jeffery D. Fritz, PhD; Gretchen M. Roth, MD; Teresa Patitucci, PhD

Perceptions of the Minority Tax Experienced by Faculty and Students Underrepresented in Medicine at the University of Wisconsin 
Eden F. Charles, BA; Sharon-Rose Nartey, MD; Elizabeth A. Felton, MD, PhD; Elizabeth M. Petty, MD


A ‘PEaRL’ of Support and Cooperative Learning: A Pilot Study Shifting the Sands of the Dreaded Morbidity and Mortality Conference 
Sarah C. Yale, MD; Kelsey Porada, MA; Patrick J. McCarthy, MD, MME

A Virtual Communication Workshop to Increase Confidence Using Telehealth Modalities 
Jim Deming, MD; Patty Horecki, RN; Rebecca Brustad, MA; Lisa Quinn-Lee, PhD, MSSW, LICSW; Meg Lagunas, PhD, MEd, RN, CCRN, CHSE; Zach Merten, MD; Terri Nordin, MD

A Single Wisconsin High School Students’ Projected Uptake of COVID-19 Vaccines at the Onset of Its Emergency Use Authorization 
Krish Vasudev, Lyle DP Mondano, Ainsley Regner


Acute Myelomonocytic Leukemia Presenting as Fournier’s Gangrene 
Sofie Kjellesvig, MD; Emelyn Zaworski, MD; Antoine N. Saliba, MD

Hypokalemia Due to Ectopic Adrenocorticotropic Hormone 
Adil Ghaffar, MD; Tripti Singh, MD

Six Year Old With Chronic Headache: An Unexpected Meningitis Mimic 
Jennifer Hadjiev, MD; James McCarthy, MD; Leann Madion, MD; Lileth Mondok, MD

A Unique Case of Coexisting Anaplasmosis and Blastomycosis 
Samira Samant, MD; James McCarthy, MD

Follmann Balanitis: An Unusual Case of Syphilis
Milan Patel; Paige Gioia, PA; Pinky Jha, MD

Use of Intravenous Lipid Emulsion Therapy and Insulin in a Case of Tarka Intoxication
Emrah Gün, MD; Mahmut Çiçek, MD; Mustafa Kafalı, MD; Hüsnü Demir, MD; İlknur Arslan, MD; Tanıl Kendirli, MD

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