Montana Chapter 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting

Thursday, September 14-Saturday, September 16, 2023
Benefis Health, East Campus, Cameron Auditorium | Great Falls, MT

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Montana Chapter 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting

Fostering Excellence in Internal Medicine

Live events are changing, and American College of Physicians is helping lead the way with the ability to learn, network, and engage like never before!

  • Presented both live and virtually September 14 - 16, 2023, ACP's MT Chapter is pleased to offer a safe meeting space to earn CME/MOC, recharge, and engage with one another. Sessions will be held live at the Benefis Health, East Campus, Cameron Auditorium , Great Falls Montana as well as through exclusive virtual keynote and education sessions.
  • Learn, Connect, and Engage in Person or from Home or Office Attend or tune in to exclusive live, interactive sessions with your local Chapter colleagues. Regardless of location, you can engage with each other to discuss topics important to you and your community, both professionally and socially.
  • These flexible options provide access to top-notch education, help you connect with each other, and learn about ways to get involved with your Chapter. This Meeting will help you meet your needs as a physician and help you provide the best care for your patients using the latest knowledge.
Steven J. Gerstner, MD, FACP
ACP Governor, Montana Chapter

Meeting Highlights
  • Basics of Lifestyle Medicine
  • How to Identify and Fight Human Trafficking
  • Schizophrenia for Internists
  • Pulmonology for the Non-Pulmonologist
  • Rheumatologist for the Internists
  • To Bridgge or Not to Bridge
  • Ethis of Resuscitation
  • Challenges of Antibiotic Prescribing
Program Committee
  • Bradford Bergman, MD, FACP
  • Kathleen Blair, DO, FACP 

13.5 CME & MOC Available

Release Date: September 16, 2023
Termination Date: September 16, 2024

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The American College of Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 13.5 medical knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credit claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.


Thursday, September 14

Time Session
12:45-1:00 PM Opening Welcome
Steve Gerstner, MD, FACP
ACP Governor, Montana Chapter
1:00-2:00 PM Basics of Lifestyle Medicine
Michael Yu, MD
2:00-3:00 PM Best Practices Guidelines for Otolaryngology
Jeffrey Baker, MD, ENT
3:00-3:30 PM Break
3:30-5:00 PM Sexual Exploitation: Learn how to identify, report, and fight human trafficking
Penny Ronning
5:00-5:30 PAM Medical Jeopardy
Christopher Dietrich, DO, FACP
5:00-6:00 PM Welcome Reception

Friday, September 15

Time Session
8:00-9:00 AM Schizophrenia for Internists
Jared Bozeman, MD
9:00-10:00 AM Pulmonology for the non-Pulmonologist
Merhala Balasubramaniam, MD
10:00-10:30 AM Break
10:30-11:30 AM COVID 19 Review
Claude Tonnerre, MD, FACP
11:30-12:30 PM Physician Wellness
Charlotte Nelson, MD, FACP
Noon-1:30 PM Lunch/Virtual Poster Presentation
1:30-2:00 PM Town Hall
Steve Gerstner, MD, FACP
ACP Governor, Montana Chapter
2:00-3:00 PM Rheumatologist for the Internist - What is GCA and its mimics?
Richard Lai, MD, MBA, FACP, FACR
3:00-3:30 PM Break
3:30-4:30 PM To Bridge or Not to Bridge
Chris Amen, PharmD
4:30-5:30 PM Can I get a transfer?, who needs to go to the ER
Dustin Stuart, DO

Saturday, September 16

Time Session
8:00-9:00 AM Ethics of Resuscitation
Michael Sheffield, MD
9:00-10:00 AM Challenges of Antibiotic Prescribing: Allergies, Pathogens, and Resistance
Rebecca Amen, PharmD, BCPS
10:00-10:30 AM Break
10:30-11:00 AM Chronic Kidney Disease
Stephanie Hang, MD
11:00-11:30 AM Painful, Swollen Knee
Jace Bullard, MD
11:30 AM-Noon Clinical Vignette Case Presentation
Medical Student

Montana Chapter Registration

Categories Registration Rates
ACP Member $225
ACP Resident/Fellow Member $0
ACP Medical Student Member $0
ACP Affiliate Member $130
Retired Member $75
Nonmember Physician $290
Nonmember Resident $0
Nonmember Medical Student $0
Nonmember Allied Health Professional $195

Questions? If you have trouble registering online, please contact Member and Product Support at 800-ACP-1915 or direct at 215-351-2600 (M-F, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET).


Registration Information

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, all scientific sessions and materials, and CME documentation.

Members whose dues were not paid for the current fiscal year will receive the nonmember registration rate.

Meeting Handouts

There will be no meeting handouts.

Can I follow along on social media?

Yes, follow/like the MT Chapter through the meeting on social media! Use the hashtag #IMProud.

How do I access the virtual meeting?

Sessions are accessible through the Virtual Meeting Hub and on your chapter website. Click the "join virtual session" links in the agenda. If you have just purchased the meeting and get an access denied message, please log-out of your ACPonline account and log back in. This will refresh the purchases on your account. If you require additional assistance, please contact us (M-F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET) via web chat or call 800-ACP-1915 or 215-351-2600 or via e-mail at

Hotel Accommodations

We have reserved a block of rooms at the following rates until September 9, 2023. When making your reservation, be sure to mention that you will be attending the ACP MT Chapter meeting. The rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so make your reservation as early as possible by calling the hotel directly at 406-761-4903 or registering online.

Single/Double: $160.00
Staybridge Suites
201 3rd Sn NW
Great Falls, Montana 59404

MyACP Account

If you have any difficulty accessing your MyACP account, you can reset your username and password. You can do so by clicking on the MyACP link at the top of the ACP web site. Nonmembers are advised to use their e-mail address as their username when creating a password. If you require additional assistance, please contact us (M-F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET) via web chat or call 800-ACP-1915 or 215-351-2600 or via e-mail at

Participant Photography

As a participant in the chapter meeting, your photograph may be taken as a focus or background subject, to be used in chapter communications. If you would not like your photo taken, please inform chapter staff.

ACP Chapters Meeting Code of Conduct

ACP is a community that values collegiality, respect for patients and each other, and medicine’s standards of ethics and professionalism. ACP members are guided by the content and spirit of the ACP Pledge and by their commitment to the ethics of medicine, including those in the ACP Ethics Manual.  “Physicians’ conduct as professionals and as individuals should merit the respect of the community.” 

ACP expects members, staff, and others who participate in events and activities involving ACP to treat others as you would like to be treated – with courtesy, respect for differences, and in ways that appropriately represent the profession of internal medicine. As set forth in ACP’s Anti-Harassment Policy, ACP does not tolerate any form of harassment, including intimidation, hostility, or other unwelcome and offensive communication or treatment.

If you experience or observe harassing, inappropriate or otherwise unprofessional behavior, or you have concerns about how you have been treated by an ACP member or staff or anyone else at an ACP meeting or event, you may report the incident to or call 215 351-7750.

The chapter reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate; including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior, and the chapter reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting, virtually or in person.

For other questions about the chapter meeting, contact Carrie Reisig, Executive Director at 406-899-8765 or

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