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Montana Laureate Award
American College of Physicians
Ronald V. Loge, MD, FACP

The Laureate Award honors those Fellows and Masters of the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine in Montana who have demonstrated by their example and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, and/or research, and in service to their community and the ACP.

Recipients of this award shall bear the title Laureate of the Montana Chapter.

Awards shall be made at the annual regional meeting of the Montana Chapter on recommendation of the Awards Committee, with approval of the Council and Governor. The awardee must accept this recognition in person, unless excused by the Governor. The awardee is to be nominated by a process that can originate from the Awards Committee or any member of the Montana Chapter, ACP. The nomination must document the personal attributes and accomplishments of the Master or Fellow whom the Chapter wishes to honor as a Laureate Award recipient.

Awardees are generally senior physicians who have been Fellows for many years, with a long history of excellence and peer approval in the specialty of internal medicine. Additionally, awardees should have served their chapter with distinction or in some clearly definable manner. Exceptional circumstances may modify these requirements.

The Montana Chapter is pleased to honor Ronald V. Loge, MD, FACP, who has been a long-standing and loyal supporter of ACP, has rendered distinguished service to the Chapter, and has upheld the high ideals and professional standards for which the American College of Physicians is known.

Phillip E. Griffin, MD, FACP
Governor ACP, Montana Chapter

Ronald V. Loge, MD, FACP

Dr. Loge was born in 1948 in Sharon, North Dakota. He received his under-graduate training at the University of Montana, where he graduated in 1971 with a BS in Chemistry, Summa Cum Laude. He also attended the Technical University of Norway, Trondheim, Norway, as a Rotary International Scholar from 1969-70, during which he became fluent in Norwegian. He then earned an MS degree in Biochemistry from the University of Montana in 1972. He received his MD from the University of Oklahoma in 1976, took his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals from 1976-79, and served as Chief Medical Resident, Seattle Veterans Administration Hospital (University of Washington) from 1979-80. Since 1980 he has been in the private practice of Internal Medicine at the Southwestern Montana Medical Clinic in Dillon, MT. He and his wife, the former Charlene Bower, were married in 1971. They have two children: Anna and Laura.

In 1979, he was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine with added qualifications in Geriatric Medicine in April, 1988 . He has been a member of the ACP for many years, serving as Governor of the Montana Chapter from 1992-96. He was president of the Montana Society of Internal Medicine from 1987-89, and a member of the ACP Public Education Subcommittee from 1988-92. He has been very active on the American Board of Internal Medicine, having served on its Board of Directors from 1997-2001. ABIM committee assignments during that time have included ABIM's Test Writing, Test Selection, and Recertification Committees and its Task Forces on Re-certification and The Marginal Resident as well as the Chairmanship of ABIM's Physical Examination Skills-Self Evaluation Process Committee. Currently , he is a member of the Society for General Internal Medicine Task Force on Defining and Promoting the Domain of the Field for General Internal Medicine and the Internal Medicine Recent Advances Self-Evaluation Process Module Committee.

Local and state activities have included serving as Chief of Staff of Barrett Memorial Hospital and Chairman of its Credentials and Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committees. From 1989-96 he was Montana Chairman of the University of Washington School of Medicine Admissions Committee Executive Committee. He currently holds the appointment of Clinical Professor of Medicine from the University. Other honors have included the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Montana in 1995, the Gerald I. Plitman Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the University of Tennessee in April, 1997, the Alpha Omega Alpha Lectureship, Kansas University Medical Center in 1998, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Professorship and Lectureship, University of South Dakota School of Medicine in May, 2001. In 2002, he received the University of Washington School of Medicine Department of Medicine 2002 WWAMI Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition, he has many publications and has given many presentations on medical topics.

Dr. Loge has special interests in the problems of rural medicine and the medical aspects of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He is an avid fly fisherman and wood carver.

Because of Dr. Loge's high clinical standards, many contributions to the practice of internal medicine in his community and nationally, and many years of dedicated and innovative service to the American College of Physicians, the Montana Chapter of the American College of Physicians is pleased to honor Dr. Ronald V. Loge as its Laureate for 2003.