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MMA CME Education Series

COVID-19: The Impact on Patients, Communities and Providers 

The MMA is launching an education series to assist Montana physicians as we continue to serve our patients and communities during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has had large overarching impacts on health. 

This series, which will offer CME credits, is being led by physicians, for physicians, with all members of the health care team welcome to participate. The program will be interactive and focused on addressing the challenges our members face.

Each session will encompass a forum to answer questions you as health care professionals would like addressed. We will share these with our speakers so they can adapt their presentations to answer the questions that are current to your practices right now. Please send all comments and questions on this new series to Dr. Greg Holzman at 

Session speakers will include Margaret K. Cook-Shimanek, MD, Acting State Medical Officer, Marc C. Mentel, D.O., Daniel A. Nauts, M.D., Neil Ku, M.D., and Greg S. Holzman, M.D., MPH. Additional speakers will be announced upon confirmation.

Join each session via the Zoom details below:
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For technical assistance, or additional information, please contact the MMA Executive Office at (406) 443-4000 or 

Zoom details will also be provided in a confirmation email after registration. Recordings of each session will be available here at the conclusion of each series. 

Series agenda:

Session 1: October 21, 2021 - 7 p.m.

Topics: Part 1 – What health care professionals want to know about COVID-19 

 Overview: Participants will hear updates on vaccination, monoclonal antibodies, and current pharmaceutical treatments, including:

  • Update on the Biden vaccine rules
  • Understanding the current US vaccines - indications, effectiveness, contraindications, and boosters
  • Assisting providers with information and skills to address misinformation in our communities about vaccines
  • Discuss strategies to address vaccine hesitancy
Recording from Session 1:

Session 2: November 4, 2021 - 7 p.m.

Topic: Part 2 – What health care professionals want to know about COVID-19

Overview: Participants will hear updates on vaccination, monoclonal antibodies, and current pharmaceutical treatments, including:

  • Understanding the current (and possible future) medical interventions and treatments for COVID-19
  • Understanding the current knowledge behind long hauler syndrome and what should we be monitoring
  • Discussing variants and the pandemic’s possible future

Session 3: November 18, 2021 - 7 p.m.

Topic: Helping patients navigate challenging times

Overview: Participants will hear updates on how to help patients navigate challenging times, including isolation, loneliness, depression, and anxiety. Topics include:

  • Understanding the effects of the pandemic, political discord, and natural disaster on our children and our patients’ mental health 
  • Strategies to address these important issues in the short and long-term
  • Understanding available Montana resources, including telehealth

Session 4: December 2, 2021 - 7 p.m.

Topic: Substance Use Disorder in America 

Overview: Participants will join discussions on how the substance use epidemic has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include:

  • Understanding the current substance use epidemic before and during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Understanding the current epidemiology in Montana
  • Understanding successful and promising strategies forward
  • Update on resources available in Montana to help patients suffering from a substance use disorder

Session 5: December 16, 2021 - 7 p.m.

Topic:  Stressed from all angles – Addressing the well-being of health care professionals

Overview: Participants will join an open discussion between health care professionals tailored to addressing their needs related to moral injury, burnout, and our mental health. Topics include:

  • Understanding strategies to take care of ourselves and our fellow health care professionals
  • A chance for the MMA to get input from our medical community on how our medical society can best help address health care professionals’ health in 2022 and beyond

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Utah Medical Association through the joint providership of the UMA Foundation and the Montana Medical Association.  The UMA Foundation is accredited by the Utah Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The UMA Foundation designates this regularly scheduled series for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.