Montana Governor's Newsletter May 2022

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Steven J. Gerstner, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Steven J. Gerstner, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Governor's Message

Dear Colleagues,

It is spring and it feels to me like we are stepping out of a cave after a two-year hibernation. What a relief to be on this side of our last pandemic surge! I was recently attending on our inpatient resident service when we admitted a patient with respiratory failure associated with diffuse pulmonary infiltrates and the Covid tests were NEGATIVE. My team of trainees had never worked when not every patient with such a presentation was not Covid! It was refreshing to observe them ponder a broader list of differential diagnoses for sure.

Our Governor's Council met virtually March 30 and discussed the resolutions you had the opportunity to comment on. Our awesome treasurer Brad Bergman reviewed our finances which are strong, in part because our membership is holding well and because our costs have been lower over the past two years due to the chapter and leadership day meetings which have been virtual. We all have been moved by the devastation that the Ukrainian people have suffered and decided that a worthy use of our funds was to donate $5000 to Doctors Without Borders to assist them with the important work they are doing there. My thoughts go out to those brave people who are there providing assistance and hope this gift will help at least a little.

I have just attended the spring meeting of the Board of Governors which was held in person for the first time since September 2019. A large part of the meeting was focused on the loss of membership that regularly occurs within our early career colleagues after the first 5 years of completion of residency and hopefully some of our ideas can help. We reviewed the resolutions (in detail!) and I invite you to go through those on the on ACP website. I am proud that our chapter again was awarded the Gold Star for our multiple accomplishments.

I also attended the Annual Session held for the first time in 3 years in person. It was so enjoyable to see friends and acquaintances I have not seen for a long time! The scientific sessions I was in were great as usual and I return much more rejuvenated than I ever did from a virtual experience. I was also very proud to observe our internal medicine resident Jaclyn Nguyen present her poster on “Gustatory Hyperhidrosis in the Setting of T1DM”.

We have had other activities within our chapter. Pam Hiebert was honored on behalf of Women in Medicine last fall and continues her work this spring with events for WWAMI students. Kat Dietrich hosted a very well attended Women and Wine event in Billings this April. Our residency had a very successful match and are looking forward to graduating our sixth class this June.

Going forward, we will be electing our next Governor-elect who will start next spring to prepare for taking over for me in 2024. Please watch your emails and participate with your vote! Lastly, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the work that our executive director Carrie Reisig does on our behalf! It was very clear in Chicago how much she is regarded by her national peers, and we are so fortunate to have her keeping the chapter on track.

In closing I want to express my appreciation for all that you have done and continue to do on behalf of our Montana people. Your work has been so important during this pandemic and the stars of my colleagues in ACP have never shown brighter! Thank you for all that you do.

Steve Gerstner MD FACP Governor, Montana Chapter ACP


Congratulations Jaclyn Nguyen, MD for competing in the ACP National Abstract Competition in Chicago!




Congratulations on Advancement to Fellowship!

Fellowship is an honor achieved by those recognized for personal integrity, superior competence in internal medicine, professional accomplishment, and demonstrated scholarship. We are proud to have you in our chapter.

MAJ Andrew Anderston, DO FACP – Helena
Christopher Dietrich, MD FACP – Billings
Kylie Ebner, DO FACP – Billings
Kale Knudson, MD FACP – Bozeman
Matthew Niemeyer, DO FACP – Billings
Barr Petersen, MD FACP – Billings



Welcome to the American College of Physicians and the Montana Chapter!

Diana Anders – Baker
Darcie Caldwell – Bozeman
Holly Hale – Bozeman
Nicholas Johnson – Gardiner
Meghan Kirk – Bozeman
Shannan Patterson, MD – Billings
Lauren Pokomo, DO – Billings
Marilee Schaner – Billings
Harnek Singh, MD - Helena
Jessica Thawley – Billings



Montana Chapter Financial Report

As of March 2022, the financial statements for the Montana Chapter show an income of $39,856.50, expenses totaling $28, 171.55 with a net income of $11,684.96. The financial reports were reviewed and approved during the Governor's Council Meeting on March 30, 2022.

A detailed statement is available by contacting the Montana Chapter treasurer, Brad Bergman, MD FACP.



Save the Date – Montana Chapter Meeting, September 15-17, 2022, Missoula!


Photo Provided by Destination Missoula

Highlights include:

Pulmonary Embolism from Start to Finish
Updates in Endocrinology & Congestive Heart Failure
Dermatology for the Internist
Stroke for the Non-neurologist
Current Principles of Perioperative Medicine
Glycemic Management Strategies for the Inpatient and Ambulatory Settings
Medical Jeopardy
Additional information available soon!



Advocates for Internal Medicine Network


ACP's continued success on Capitol Hill greatly depends upon year-round grassroots support from the College's more than 15,000 members of the Advocates for Internal Medicine Network. Advocates communicate with their members of Congress on issues of importance to medical students, internists and their patients.

The College is continually recruiting Advocates. ACP members are not required to have existing relationships with their members of Congress to enroll. ACP gives Advocates the tools necessary to develop and maintain relationships with their members of Congress. The program is open to all membership categories. Members can enroll now!



Women in Medicine Summit Blog by ACP CEO/EVP Darilyn Moyer

ACP's CEO/EVP Darilyn V. Moyer, MD, FACP, FAMWA discusses the importance of addressing and finding solutions for health inequities and systemic racism that women and others face in the healthcare workforce. With data showing these disadvantages and barriers, her call to action is to be “loud” and make a difference. Read her Women In Medicine Summit blog post: #womeninmedicine #WIMStrongerTogether



Certificate in Physician Leadership program


ACP and the American Association for Physician Leadership jointly offer an 18-month comprehensive Certificate in Physician Leadership program as part of the ACP Leadership Academy. The certificate program offers tracks in either Hospital Medicine or Primary Care. Exclusive to ACP members, this flexible program includes formal training through 49.5 hours of online coursework, virtual group discussions, and a capstone project that demonstrates successful mastery of leadership concepts.

Apply online by June 1, 2022, to enroll in the cohort that begins July 2022.

For more information, visit