2020 - 2021 Presentation Calendar

September 2020

9/18: Demystifying PrEP: HIV Prophylaxis and You

Geoff Holman, MD
Family Medicine Residency of Western MT

Geoff is a current third year family medicine resident at FMRWM who completed undergraduate training in studio art at Dartmouth College and medical training at Tulane University in New Orleans. He found a niche in Men's Health that he hopes to continue building while establishing a practice in Missoula after graduation.


9/25: Collective Grief

Dr. Mary-Ann Sontag Bowman, a tenured faculty member at the University of Montana, holds a Ph.D. and an MSW from the University of California at Berkeley; she is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Her clinical work included serving as a hospice social worker/bereavement coordinator, developing and implementing a bereavement program at a regional pediatric hospital, providing crisis social work services to pediatric patients and their families, and being part of a team that developed a successful pediatric palliative care service. Mary-Ann's research agenda focuses on grief and loss, bereavement, pediatric palliative care, and end-of-life care.

Mary-Ann Bowman, PhD
University of MT

October 2020

10/2: Osteoporosis.  A Case Based Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment

Elizabeth Paddock, MD
Family Medicine Residency of Western MT

10/9: Healthcare Economics During COVID

Joyce Dombrouski; Kirk Bodlovic; and Jim McKay, MD
Providence St. Patrick Hospital

Joyce Dombrouski has been with Providence St. Patrick Hospital since April 1995.  She joined the executive team in 1999 as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications. In 2001, Joyce accepted the leadership position of Vice President of Nursing, later earning the regional role of CNO. In 2011, Joyce was named Chief Acute Services Officer and in 2016, Joyce became the Chief Operating Officer for the Western Montana Service Area of Providence Health & Services. Her current position is the Chief Executive for the Montana Service Area, which includes St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula; Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson; and Providence Medical Group, overseeing approximately 2,500 employees and providers.

Prior to joining Providence Health & Services, McKay had been a general radiologist with Missoula Radiology since 1999.  He was medical director of Broadway Imaging Center at St. Patrick Hospital from 2003 until 2015 and was Chairman of the Radiology Department at St. Patrick Hospital from 2007 to 2013.  He served as President of the Medical Staff at St. Patrick Hospital in 2015


10/16: COVID update

Josh Christensen, MD
St Patrick Hospital

Dr. Christensen received a BS in microbiology and BS in medical technology from the University of Montana.  He completed medical school then his residency in internal medicine at University of Colorado.  His infectious disease fellowship was also at the University of Colorado.  Since 2010, Josh has been an infectious disease physician/Hospitalist at St Patrick Hospital.  

10/23: Standardizing Care for Common Pediatric Conditions

Lauren Wilson, MD; Sarah Holexa, MD; Laurie Carter, MD; Emily Hall, MD; Liz Beil, MD; Chris Jons, MD
Community Medical Center

10/30: Rural Mental Health

Alison Brennan, PhD
MSU Extension & Health and Human Development

Dr. Alison Brennan is an Assistant Professor in Health and Human Development at Montana State University and serves as the Extension Mental Health Specialist. She received her PhD in Developmental Science from North Dakota State University and completed a social sciences postdoctoral fellowship with the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development/Michigan State University. Dr. Brennan has been with Montana State University for just over one year. She serves as PI/Co-PI on several projects, including the Montana Healthcare Foundation grant, "Working Together to Respond to Farmers and Ranchers Under Stress in Rural Montana" (Dr. Michelle Grocke, PI), as well as two Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Rural Opioid Technical Assistance grant projects addressing opioid and stimulant misuse in rural Montana.  

In this interactive webinar, “Montana Rural Mental Health Update,” Dr. Brennan will present recent statistics on mental health issues (anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, etc.) before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, with attention to key areas of concern in rural communities. The presentation will include recommendations and resources—for professionals and their clients—to encourage stress management, reduce stigma, and promote help-seeking. 

November 2020

11/6:  Meanwhile in American Medicine...2020 Storylines Outside of COVID.   (This will be a set of updates from the medical literature in 2020 that aren’t about coronavirus.) 

Tim Caramore, MD
Family Medicine Residency of Western 

Tim Caramore is a Missoula family doctor and  evidence-based medicine agitator.  He serves a core faculty member with the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana, as a hospitalist and ethics chair at St. Pat’s, and is a founding partner with Beargrass Family Medicine, a new primary care clinic opening in December.  He is as sick of covid as you are.


11/13: Commonly Encountered Discharge Mishaps: A Perspective from Primary Care Follow-Up 

Sarah Horne, MD
Family Medicine Residency of Western MT

Sarah is a current 3rd year Family Medicine Resident at FMRWM. She moved to Missoula from Texas where she completed undergraduate training in Mechanical Engineering at UT Austin and worked as an engineer for several years before going back to medical school at Baylor College of Medicine

11/20: Commonly Encountered Discharge Mishaps: A Look at Pain Management and Opioid Tapers

Ariel Fillmore, MD
Family Medicine Residency of Western MT

Ariel is a third year family medicine resident at the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana.  She was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She received her BA in Biology from University of Utah and my MD from University of Utah School of Medicine. Her interests include women's health, rural health, and global health. As a family resident working in both the inpatient and outpatient setting, she has a unique perspective on a patient's course after their discharge from the hospital. 

11/27: Holiday--No presentation

December 2020

12.4: The Origin and Prevention of Birth Defects

Thomas Sadler, PhD

Dr. Sadler received his Bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University in 1971
and his Ph.D. in Anatomy and Embryology from the University of Virginia in 1976. He
has taught and directed courses in embryology and anatomy for over 40 years, primarily
at the University of North Carolina where he was Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy
for 21 years. He has conducted research on the origin and prevention of birth defects,
including the roles of environmental agents, maternal diabetes, and altered gene
expression. This work has resulted in over 100 research publications and 10 textbooks.
In addition to his laboratory research, Dr. Sadler was Director of the University
of North Carolina Birth Defects Prevention Outreach Program and Co-Founder and Co-
Chair of the North Carolina Folic Acid Council. In 2002, he was awarded the Godfrey P.
Oakley Jr. award by the National Birth Defects Prevention Network for his “significant
contributions to the field of birth defects.”
He is the author of Langman’s Medical Embryology, a clinically oriented medical
text about human development and birth defects that is used in many medical schools in
the United States and is translated into 14 languages. He now resides in Sheridan
Montana where he continues to write and serves as an embryology and birth defects
consultant, giving lectures and assisting states with their birth defects prevention
campaigns. He is also a Senior Scholar at the Greenwood Genetics Center and a Visiting
Professor at East Tennessee State University where he teaches embryology to the first
year medical class.

12.11: Center for Translational Medicine-Bridging the Gap.SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Discovery and Develpment at UM

Jay Evans, PhD
University of MT

Jay Evans, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for Translational Medicine at the University of Montana and CEO of Inimmune Corporation (Missoula, MT). Prior to joining the University of Montana and co-founding Inimmune Dr. Evans spent 16 years at GSK Vaccines (formerly Corixa Corporation and Ribi Immunochem) working on the identification, characterization and development of novel vaccine adjuvants, immunomodulators and delivery systems. 

Because of their unique ability to enhance innate and adaptive immune responses, pattern recognition receptor (PRR) ligands are being developed as both vaccine adjuvants and as stand-alone immunomodulators. Interest in PRRs has increased steadily over the past 20 years due to promising clinical data, licensed products and increased understanding of structure activity relationships among several families of PRR ligands. Our adjuvant discovery and development team is focused on the advancement of novel synthetic TLR4, TLR7/8, IL-1, STING, Mincle and Dectin-1 receptor ligands across a broad range of prophylactic and therapeutic vaccine targets including SARS-CoV-2, influenza virus, pertussis, tuberculosis, pseudomonas, cancer immunotherapy, opioid addiction and allergy.


12.18: A Pharmacologic Approach to the Treatment of Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction in Adults 

Josh Valerius, PGY1; Andrew Anderson, PGY1
Providence St. Patrick Hospital

Josh is a graduate from Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa. He is in the process of completing a post-graduate year one pharmacy residency at St. Patrick Hospital.

Andrew Anderson is a Nebraska native, who graduated from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  He completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Arizona State University.  He is currently in the process of completing a post-graduate year one residency at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana.  


12.25: Holiday-- No presentation

January 2021

1/1:  Holiday -- No presentation

1/8:  A Strength-Based Approach to Suicide Assessment and Treatment

John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD
University of MT

John Sommers-Flanagan is a professor of counseling at the University of Montana, a clinical psychologist, and author or coauthor of over 100 publications, including nine books and numerous professional training videos. His books, co-written with his wife Rita, include Tough Kids, Cool Counseling, How to Listen so Parents will Talk and Talk so Parents will Listen, Clinical Interviewing, Suicide Assessment and Treatment Planning: A Strengths-Based Approach, and more. John is a sought out keynote speaker and professional workshop trainer in the areas of (a) counseling youth, (b) working with parents, (c) suicide assessment, and (d) happiness. He has published many newspaper columns, Op-Ed pieces, and is co-host of the Practically Perfect Parenting Podcast.


1/15: Things We Do for No Reason and Choosing Wisely in Primary Care

James Jennings, DO
Family Medicine Residency of Western MT

1/22:  Social Determinants of Health & Medical Legal Partnerships

Megan L. Dishong, JD
Montana Legal Services Association

Megan L. Dishong is a medical legal partnership (MLP) attorney with Montana Legal Services Association.   The MLP, which was started in May 2020, is a partnership with Providence St. Patrick Hospital.  Prior to working as an MLP attorney, Megan was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Montana from 2014-2020, focusing on civil enforcement and health care law.  Megan was an associate attorney at Garlington, Lohn and Robinson, PLLP from 2010-2014.  She was a law clerk for both the Honorable Donald W. Molloy and the Honorable Justice John Warner after graduating from the University of Montana School of Law in 2007.

1/29:  Vaccine Safety in the U.S.

Sophia Newcomer, PhD
University of MT

February 2021

2/5:  Hepatitis C

Amy Matheny, MD
Family Medicine Residency of Western MT

2/12:  Evidence-based Nutrition in Cardiovascular Disease

Kelsey Morgosh, MD
Family Medicine Residency of Western MT

Kelsey Morgosh is a third year family medicine resident at FMRWM born and raised in Montana. For undergraduate, she traveled to Williams College in Massachusetts double majoring in religion and biology. She attended medical school at University of Arizona in Phoenix. She particularly enjoys continuity with her patients and caring for the family at every stage of life with a focus on preventative medicine. This summer after graduating from residency she will be joining North Country HealthCare in Flagstaff, AZ.

2/19:  Preventing Stroke: What's New, What's Best, and Will Surgery and Stenting Be Needed as Much in the Future?

Robert Minor, MD
Billings Clinic Heart and Vascular
Community Medical Center

2/26:  End of Life: Understanding Cultural Conceptions of Mortality

Rebekah Skoog, MS
University of MT

March 2021

3/5:  Listening More to Talk Less: Navigating Complex Medical Decision-Making

Chris Jons, MD
Providence St. Patrick Hospital

3/12:  Topic - TBA

Carey Downey, MD
Family Medicine Residency of Western MT

3/19:  Health for a Better World: Reducing Healthcare Pollution

Elizabeth Schenk, PhD, RN, FAAN
Providence St Patrick Hospital

Elizabeth Schenk has been a pioneer of environmental stewardship in health care for over 25 years. Through conservation of resources, by improving practices and processes, and through education and research, she has inspired many, while building award-winning environmental stewardship programs. Her research and education focus on the environmental impacts of healthcare. Her studies have led to a better understanding of caregiver awareness of the environmental impacts of healthcare, and of their engagement with climate change and health.

Dr. Schenk is an assistant research professor at Washington State University College of Nursing. She developed the Nurses’ Environmental Awareness Tool, measuring nurses’ awareness and behaviors related to healthcare pollution, which has been used in numerous countries and translated into 4 languages. Additionally, she led the development of CHANT: Climate, Health and Nursing Tool, measuring nurses’ awareness and engagement with climate change globally. She developed the WE ACT Framework to provide an easy-to-follow guide to reducing the environmental impacts of healthcare.

Dr. Schenk is active in her communities, serving on the national board of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, as treasurer of  Montana Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate, and as board chair of Climate Smart Missoula. She hosts the Nurses for Healthy Environments Podcast.

She has received numerous recognitions for her achievements, including: The Charlotte Brody Environmental Health Award (2017), induction as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (2018); and Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Montana (2019.)

3/26:  Cardiology Topic

Morgan Kellogg, MD
Community Medical Center

April 2021

4/2:  Topic-TBA

Maegan Rides At The Door
Director, National Native Children's Trauma Center
University of MT

4/9:  Topic-TBA

Briea Goods, PGY1; Kelli Pavlicek, PGY1
Providence St Patrick Hospital

4/16:  Topic-TBA

Christina Richards, MD
Providence St Patrick Hospital

4/23:  Cardiology Topic

Matthew Weiss, MD
Community Medical Center

4/30: Chronic Cough in Children

Deborah Liptzin, MD
Community Medical Center

Deborah Liptzin, MD MS is a pediatric pulmonologist about to start Community Medical Center, previously of University of Colorado School of Medicine/Children’s Hospital Colorado.  She graduated from Yale with a degree in Geology and Geophysics and earned her medical degree at University of Massachusetts School of Medicine.   She subsequently completed her pediatric residency at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh and her pediatric pulmonary fellowship at University of Colorado School of Medicine/Children’s Hospital Colorado. She cares for children with common respiratory issues such as asthma and has expertise in rare pediatric lung disease, including high altitude pulmonary edema, pulmonary complications of patients with congenital heart disease, and children’s interstitial and diffuse lung disease. 


May 2021

5/7:  Topic - TBA

Emily Anderson, DO
Family Medicine Residency of Western MT

5/14:  Pediatric Topic

Tara Wagner, MD