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Medical history conference set for April 2 at MSU

March 19, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Medical education and its importance for Montana's future will be the focus of the 12th annual Medical History of the West Conference, to be held Monday, April 2, at Montana State University.

The conference will run from noon to 6:30 p.m. in rooms 233-235 of MSU's Strand Union Building.

The three-part conference will focus first on the legacies and traditions of medical education. The second part will look at the history and legacies of WWAMI, the regional medical program that refers to Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. The third part will be a panel discussion about the future of medical education and WWAMI.

The conference is free and open to the public, but those who wish to attend are asked to notify program organizers by Monday, March 26. Attendees can email, call 994-4411 or write the WWAMI Medical Education Program at 308 Leon Johnson Hall; P.O. Box 173080; Bozeman, MT. 59717-3080.

The conference is sponsored by the Volney Steele Endowment for the Study of Medical History, WWAMI Medical Education at MSU, and MSU's Department of History and Philosophy.

The conference schedule is:

Part 1: The Legacies and Traditions of Medical Education

Noon -- Registration, lunch and welcoming comments.
1 p.m. "From the Stables to the Bedside: The History of American Medical Education." Herbert Swick, clinical associate professor in the WWAMI program and research professor at the University of Montana.
1:40 p.m. - "A Case Study: Dr. Caroline McGill." Swick.
2:20 p.m. - "Women and Native Americans in Medical Education: Historical Perspective and Personal Experiences." LeeAnna Muzquiz, medical director and physician for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Health Department in Polson.
3 p.m. - Break

Part 2: The History and Legacies of WWAMI

3:20 p.m. - "Lessons from the Early WAMI Years." Keynote address by M. Roy Schwarz, professor at the University of Washington and the University of California at San Diego.
4:10 p.m. - "The Inside Story of WWAMI at MSU: Four Decades of Excellence" by John Jutila, first coordinator of the Montana WAMI program, former dean of the College of Letters and Science, former vice president for research at MSU.
4:30 p.m. - Break with refreshments.

Part 3: The Future of Medical Education and WWAMI

5:10 to 6:30 p.m. - Panel Discussion covering the following topics:
"Medical Education: Montana University System Perspective," by Sylvia Moore, deputy commissioner of Academic, Research and Student Affairs, Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education.
"Rural Experiences," by Jay Erickson, assistant dean for Montana WWAMI Clinical Education, in Whitefish.
"The Trenches: Medical Students in a Clinical Setting," by Ron Loge, Barrett Hospital and Healthcare in Dillon.
"Critical Responsibilities of the Admissions Committee: Shaping Future Medical Education," by LeeAnna Muzquiz, senior executive committee member of the Montana WWAMI Admissions Committee and member of the Advisory Board for the UWSOM Native American Center of Excellence.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or