Operation Rural - Medical Educators Faculty Development Conference 2020

Event Starts: 9/25/2020 8:00 AM

Event Ends: 9/25/2020 1:00 PM

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Rural & Community Medical Educators Conference

Friday, September 25, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

This year’s Operation Rural has been changed into an online Zoom platform which presents us with an opportunity to interact virtually with a community of rural health professionals at the Rural and Community Medical Educators Conference.

A professional development conference for those involved in training residents and medical students in rural and community settings.

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Who should attend:

Physicians, Psychiatrists, Pharmacists, NPs, PAs, residents, and administrators who are involved with training residents or medical students in rural and community settings.

*Scholarships are available for medical students and residents interested in attending. Contact Tania Anderson at to learn more.

Cost to attend:
$59 per person

We are requesting up to 4.0 hours of CME credit for the proposed online version of the Rural and Community Medical Educators Conference.

(Application for CME credit has been filed (ith the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ toward the AMA Physician's Recognition A(ard. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed credit, not as Category 1.)

Featured Keynote:

Dr. David Loxterkamp is a family medicine physician and faculty member of Northern Light Family Medicine & Residency in Bangor, ME. He leads their Recovery program, with special interest in group MAT. He is also co-director of the new Maine Arts & Humanities in Medicine Fellowship, scheduled to launch in July, 2020. Prior to this, Dr. Loxterkamp was medical director for Seaport Family Practice/Seaport Community Health Center for 34 years, where he hosted medical students and residents on rural rotation. For more information about Dr. Loxterkamp, please visit:

Dr. Loxterkamp will be joining us virtually for this conference to present, “Training to Purpose: On Health and Healthcare”. He will discuss the importance of knowing our purpose, which requires knowing the needs of our rural communities and knowing the difference between health and healthcare.


8:00 am - 8:30 am - Open networking via Zoom
Pre-conference networking session open to all participants

8:30 am - 8:45 am - Welcome & Introductions
Kara Traxler, Director of Rural GME Development & Support, WCRGME

8:45 am - 10:15 am - Keynote Presentation: "Training to Purpose: On Health and Healthcare" Dr. David Loxterkamp, Family Medicine, Bangor, ME

10:15 am - 11:00 am
Breakout Session 1:
1. "Teaching in the Tempest: Learners in a Busy Practice"
Allen Last, MD; Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency, Appleton
James Spencer, MD; ThedaCare Physicians, Waupaca

2. "How Do I Get Published without Doing Research" Sonal Chandratre, MD; MCW Central Wi, Wausau

11:20 am
Special Topics Session: Q&A

Pre-work expected; please come prepared for 20 minutes Q&A sessions about the following presentations (additional information coming soon)

  • "Diagnosis and Management of Common Perinatal Psychiatric Disorders."
    Christina Wichman, MD; Froedtert Hospital Specialty Clinics, Milwaukee\
  • "The Importance of Relationships in Individual Health and in Faculty
    Carlyle Chan, MD; MCW, Milwaukee
  • "Mindfulness in Residency Training"
    Vincent Minichiello, MD; UW Family Medicine Clinic, Madison

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Panel Discussion:
"Student and Resident Training during a Pandemic"
Facilitator: Suhail Shaikh, MD; PD MercyHealth Family Medicine Residency, Janesville

8:00 am - 8:30 am
Closing Discussion/Open Networking via Zoom