2021 South Dakota ACP

Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting

Note:  Format changed to virtual as of August 26

Via Zoom

September 29 - October 1, 2021


2021 SD ACP Virtual Annual Meeting Schedule

WED, September 29

4:00 PM

South Dakota ACP Council Meeting
Rob Allison, MD, Governor, South Dakota Chapter ACP

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Welcome Reception

THURS, September 30

7:55 AM

Rob Allison, MD, SDACP Governor

8:00 AM

Morning Session Begins
Jennifer Williamson MBBS, Moderator

8:00 AM

"10 COVID-19 Disease and Vaccine Myths Debunked"
Shankar Kurra, MD
Objective: Understand COVID-19 Disease and Vaccine Facts.

8:45 AM

"Adjust Your Lens -- It Is Never Too Late To Refocus"
Sandra Ogunrami, DHA DCM;
Objective: Attendees will understand, identify and mitigate unconscious biases and the impact it has on perspective taking and decision making.

9:30 AM

"Fostering Excellence in Internal Medicine"
William Fox, MD, ACP Regent

10:15 AM

BREAK - Visit Displayers

10:45 AM

"Palliative Care In The Time Of Covid - A Look At Resource Management And Triage Protocols During The Pandemic"
Andrea Baier, MD
Objective: Understand disaster/pandemic triage protocols and their intention.

11:30 AM

"What the RUC?! Coding and Payment Changes for 2021"
William Fox, MD, ACP Regent.
Objective: Review the historical context of physician reimbursement; Learn the process the AMA RUC and Medicare use to value procedures; Learn the new coding and documentation guidelines that went into effect for outpatient E/M codes beginning January 1, 2021.

12:15 PM

LUNCH /Town Hall
Rob Allison, MD, SDACP Governor

12:45 PM

"Physician and ACP Advocacy: Why and Why NOW"
Bob Doherty, SVP ACP.
Objective: To gain an understanding of why advocacy by physicians and ACP is essential to create a better health care system for all, the challenges and opportunities for physician advocacy, and practical tips to be an effective advocate.

1:30 PM

Afternoon Session Begins
Jennifer Hasvold, MD, Moderator

1:30 PM

"The State of Physician Wellness Post COVID: How To Create A Career You Love"
Clarissa Barnes, MD.
Objective: Understand how COVID has impacted physician mental health and wellness; and learn to use core values to make career decisions.

2:15 PM

"Pulmonary Manifestations of Long Covid-19"
Michael Pietila, MD
Objective: Recognize and understand the subacute and chonic pulmonary symptoms and complications that may be associated with Covid-19 respiratory infection.

3:00 PM


3:30 PM

"Colon Cancer Screening - No Ands, Ifs or Butts"
Cristina Hill-Jensen, MD
Objective: Identify new changes to colon cancer screening recommended by the US Preventative Services Task Force.

4:15 PM


5:15 PM


FRI, Oct 1

8:00 AM

Morning Session Begins
Mike Davies, MD, Moderator

8:00 AM

"Drugs, Are You Old Enough To Remember...."
Dana Darger, RPh
Objective: List one drug with a new use and an appropriate disease for treatment using it.

8:45 AM

Student and Resident Poster Session
Randall Lamfers, MD

10:15 AM


10:45 AM

"Fever on the Frontier"
Adam Rodman, MD
Objective: Understand how the concept of a unitary fever, and later infectious disease, manifested in Dakota Territory (and later North and South Dakota).

11:30 AM

"Practical Psychiatric Pearls for the Internist"
Kirsten Butz, MD
Objective: To review some of the most common inpatient psychiatric presentations and their differential diagnoses.

12:15 PM



Robert L. Allison, MD MACP SDACP Governor

Dr. Allison received his medical degree and completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha in 1997. Upon completing his degree, he moved to South Dakota to raise his family and practice rural internal medicine in Pierre, SD where he still practices today. Dr. Allison has been an active member of the South Dakota State Medical Association (SDSMA) since 1998. He served as president in 2012 and has been a delegate and alternate delegate in the AMA House of Delegates for the SDSMA. He is our current Governor for the South Dakota Chapter of the American College of Physicians and has spent 25 years advocating for patients and physicians, for healthcare policy issues at both the state and federal level. He is past Chair of the SDACP’s Health and Public Policy Committee and in 2015 he won the ACP Richard Neubauer Advocate in Internal Medicine Award.

Andrea Baier, MD

Dr. Baier is the Medical Director of Hospice and Palliative Medicine for the Monument Health System in Rapid City, SD. She has both inpatient and outpatient palliative practices, as well as directing an inpatient hospice facility which houses 12 patients. She is the immediate-past Chief of Staff at Monument Hospital Rapid City, and has been practicing Palliative Medicine for 12 years.

Clarissa G. Barnes, MD FACP

Dr. Barnes is a board-certified Internist who trained at Johns Hopkins for medical school and residency. She practiced as a traditional Internist and Primary Care-Physician before starting her current work as a Hospitalist at Avera in Sioux Falls, SD. Dr. Barnes believes in leading from the front and improving the practice of medicine for patients and clinicians alike. She has held a variety of administrative roles in the areas of physician wellness and quality in addition to her current work as a physician advisor for the Avera Health System. She is the ACP Wellness Champion for South Dakota. She has extensive experience in both written and verbal communications, which includes national-level publications and media appearances. She loves bringing people together to use their varied experiences to solve common problems.

Kirsten Butz, MD

Dr. Butz was born and raised in Spearfish, SD, graduated from Sanford School of Medicine in Vermillion, completed her residency at the University of Virginia Health Systems, and currently works for Avera eCare. Her husband is from Rapid City and is a practicing anesthesiologist and pain medicine MD. They have 3 young daughters and have set their roots in Rapid City. Their daughters are their life and pride and joy. They also have two dogs: a rescued German short hair pointer and a weimardoodle puppy. If Dr. Butz is not with her kids or at work she can absolutely be found biking, which is the part of her life that is just for her. Dr. Butz has transitioned between inpatient and outpatient psychiatric populations since graduation from residency. This flux has kept her skills active and also met her life’s constant changing demands.

Eric Chow, MD FACP

Dr. Chow is currently practicing at Monument Health in Rapid City, SD as a Hospitalist. He enjoys teaching at his current role of Assistant Professor at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. He is also currently Chair of the Early Career Physicians with the South Dakota ACP. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family hiking in the Black Hills, traveling, and playing music with his children.

Dana Darger, RPh

Mr. Darger is the Director of Pharmacy at Monument Health Rapid City Hospital, the Director of Pharmacy at Monument Health Custer Hospital and the System Director of Inpatient Hospital Pharmacy for Monument Health. He is a 1979 graduate of the College of Pharmacy at South Dakota State University and has spent his career working in rural health in South Dakota. He currently serves as the Chairman of the South Dakota Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutics and the President of the South Dakota Pharmacists Association.

Michael L. Davies, MD FACP

Dr. Davies has worked as a primary care physician, hospitalist, Chief of Staff, and national leader in improvement and practice management during his 36-year career with VA. He made significant contributions to VA’s electronic medical record system, quality improvement departments and clinic practice management. Mike started VA’s first national access office, helped bring engineers into VA improvement, and led the establishment of Practice Managers at all of VA’s 1700 sites of care. These, and related efforts in improving access and consult timeliness, resulted in Veterans rating VA over 90% in satisfaction with access. He led the implementation of VA’s “Medical Home” Collaboratives called “PACT” in VA. He wrote VA’s major access policies and helped design numerous VA scheduling software applications. He authored or co-authored over 20 publications, and championed the closer collaboration of research with organizational improvement efforts in VA. In addition outside the VA, Mike consulted with and led or co-led over 50 yearlong practice improvement efforts in many other health care systems in the US and around the world.

Robert Doherty, SVP of Governmental Affairs and Public Policy, American College of Physicians

Mr. Robert (Bob) Doherty is Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Public Policy for the American College of Physicians (ACP), the largest physician specialty society and second largest physician membership organization in the United States. ACP represents 163,000 Internal Medicine physicians and medical student members. From January 1979 through June 1998, Mr. Doherty worked in the governmental affairs department of the American Society of Internal Medicine, and with the merger of ASIM and ACP in July 1998, joined the ACP as Senior Vice President for Governmental Affairs and Public Policy. He has senior staff management responsibilities for ACP’s Division of Governmental Affairs and Public Policy, located in Washington, D.C. He has authored or co-authored many ACP policy-related papers published by the Annals of Internal Medicine, ACP’s flagship peer-reviewed journal. Mr. Doherty writes a monthly Washington Perspectives column in The ACP Internist and can be followed on Twitter, @BobDohertyACP. He serves on the editorial board for MedPage today, and on the advisory board for the Philadelphia Inquirers Health Cents blog.

William Fox, MD FACP ACP Regent, Immedicate Past Chair BOG

Dr. Fox practices general internal medicine in independent practice and is a member of ACP’s Board of Regents. Most recently, Dr. Fox served as Chair of ACP’s Board of Governors. Prior to that, he served as Governor of ACP’s Virginia Chapter. Dr. Fox has received numerous honors and recognitions including the American College of Physicians Virginia Young Internist of the Year award in 2010 and the Paul Florentino Volunteerism Award in 2013. A resident of Charlottesville, VA, Dr. Fox is a partner in Fox & Brantley Internal Medicine in Charlottesville. Before entering private practice, he spent five years with the National Health Service Corps at Central Virginia Community Health Center in Buckingham, VA, while simultaneously working as Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at University of Virginia. Dr. Fox earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine, where he received the Anna Marie Chirico Prize for distinguished work in primary care. He completed his post-graduate training in Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia. He is a Fellow of the ACP, an honorary designation that recognizes ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine.

Jennifer Hasvold, MD FACP

Dr. Hasvold grew up in South Dakota and studied Political Science and Health Policy at Duke University. From 2005 - 2006 she worked for Homeland, a Cambodian grassroots non-profit, researching the psychological effects of child trafficking. She received her M.D. from the University of Michigan in 2010, and completed her residency there in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in 2014. She currently practices in Rapid City, South Dakota as a Hospitalist and Pediatrician. She is a clinical Assistant Professor with the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. In 2016 she joined the Board of Asniya, a non-profit that works to build healthier communities by fostering an interest in health and healthcare professions among American Indian children and young adults.

Cristina A. Hill-Jensen, MD

Dr. Hill-Jensen is a Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. She is the Division Chair of Gastroenterology for the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. She is a clinical physician at Avera Gastroenterology, where she has particular interest in inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease and motility issues. She performs over 2500 procedures yearly and enjoys teaching medical students and residents. She has been recognized with a clinical faculty teaching award.

Shankar Kurra, MD MBA

Dr. Kurra is Vice-President of Medical Affairs at Monument Health Hospital in Rapid City, SD, a position he has held since August 2018. Dr Kurra’s previous healthcare positions include being Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs of FisherTitus Medical Center in Norwalk, Ohio and Medical Director of Ohio River Basin Accountable Care Organization (ACO). Dr Kurra completed his MBA in 2010 at George Washington University in DC, and later he completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Indiana. He also completed a Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine from IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and obtained his MD from Gandhi Medical College, Hyderabad, India in 1991. During the past 24 years Dr. Kurra has practiced in Emergency Medicine, Hospital Medicine and Geriatric care. In the local communities where he has lived, Dr. Kurra has served on multiple nonprofit organization boards including WellFully Rapid City, South Dakota Mines Pre-Health Professions External Advisory Board, Kendal at Oberlin, Ohio, Bexley Educational Foundation in Columbus, Ohio. He also served as Councilor on Physician Leadership Council of Ohio Hospital Association (OHA), and the Physician Council of Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA). He grew up in India and moved to the USA in 1995. He lives currently in Rapid City, SD with his wife, Suneetha. He has two daughters, Vahni (23) and Rax (14). Outside of work he enjoys golf, cooking, travel, astronomy, photography, and music (especially Jazz, Blues, and Folk).

Randall B. Lamfers, MD FACP

Dr. Lamfers is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. At USD Sanford School of Medicine, he serves as the Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency and as the GME Quality Officer. In addition to his roles at USD, Dr. Lamfers is a Hospitalist at Sanford USD Medical Center. He serves as the Quality Director for the Hospitalist program.

Eric A. Larson, MD FACP Vice Governor, SD ACP

Dr. Eric Larson is a Professor and Interim Chair of Internal Medicine at the University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine. He is the Program Director for the Transitional Year Residency Program and coordinates the outpatient internal medicine clinic for the internal medicine residency at Sanford Clinic. He is active in clinical research with an interest in the integration of pharmacogenetics into routine clinical practice. He is a co-investigator in the IGNITE (Integrating Genomics in Practice) Network which has ongoing NIH support. Dr. Larson maintains an active clinical practice in general internal medicine and serves as the Vice-Governor of the SDACP.

Sandra Ogunremi, DHA MSA, B. Pharm, CDM, CCDP, SCPM MPM, CLC, CIM

Dr. Ogunremi is the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Spiritual Care Services for Monument Health in Rapid City, SD. She earned a Doctorate in Health Administration from Central Michigan University in 2009. She has a Master of Science in Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy. She is Certified in Cultural Intelligence, Certified in Diversity Management with the American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity. She is a Cornell Certified Diversity Practitioner, a Stanford Certified Project Manager and holds several other certifications that enable her to deliver her best. She currently focuses on strategies related to spiritual care services, diversity, equity and inclusion. She leads organizational initiatives, workshops and training on diversity and cultural proficiency. Due to her great strides, she was appointed the first leader in Monument Health’s history to focus on diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. In July 2018, Monument Health was recognized, alongside four other healthcare systems, by the American Hospital Association and received the Equity of Care honoree award. Dr. Ogunremi received the award on behalf of Monument Health. Rev. Sandra Ogunremi is an ordained minister with Assemblies of God. She has served as the Black Hills’ Sectional Representative for the Women’s Ministry within South Dakota since 2008. She has taught throughout the United States, Canada, Africa and England. She is most fulfilled when being used as a conduit to positively impact lives. She has been married to Dr. Ayodele Ogunremi, a Board Certified Nephrologist and Board Certified Internist, since 1993 and they have three adult children.

Michael P. Pietila, MD FACP FCCP

Dr. Michael P. Pietila is a Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician and Fellow with the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians. He graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine in 2000. He completed residency and fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and has been practicing Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Internal Medicine at the Yankton Medical Clinic, PC since 2006. He is Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, Medical Director for Critical Care Services and a former Chief of Staff and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton. Dr. Pietila is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. He is also a proud graduate of South Dakota State University and a Jackrabbit fan for life.

Alan Rodman, MD FACP

Adam Rodman is a general internist and hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He completed his medical and public health degrees at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR, as well as a fellowship in global health at BIDMC while practicing in Molepolole, Botswana. He is an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School where he is core faculty for clinical skills assessment and a core preceptor at the student-run Crimson Care Collaborative clinic. He is also the co-director of the iMED Initiative at BIDMC, dedicated to the study, promotion, and best practices of all types of new media. Besides taking care of his patients, his greatest interest is asking, “Why”? During his second year of residency, he launched the medical podcast Bedside Rounds, taking a historical perspective to exploring how modern medicine came to be. Over the past five years, the podcast has grown exponentially, both in reach and ambition; Bedside Rounds is one of the top medicine podcasts on the Apple Podcasts chart, and it has been written up as a top medical podcast in the British Medical Journal, ACP Hospitalist, and Internal Medicine News. He currently partners with the American College of Physicians to provide CME and MOC points for listeners, and travels across the country to speak about medical history.

Jennifer Williamson, MBBS FACP

Dr. Williamson is an assistant professor at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and School of Health Sciences. She is currently employed as an Internist at the Monument Health System in Rapid City, South Dakota, where she works in outpatient medicine. Dr. Williamson is a firm believer in the 8 Laws of Health and strives to motivate and inspire her patients to holistic living.

2021 SDACP Annual Meeting Planning Committee

Kelly Stacey, MD FACP

Program Chair

Monument Health

Rob Allison, MD MACP

Governor, SDACP

Avera Medical Grp, Pierre, SD

Michael Davies, MD FACP


Eric Larson, MD FACP

Vice Governor, SDACP

Chief of Internal Medicine, SSOM, Sioux Falls, SD

Kris Rahm

Executive Director, SDACP

Sioux Falls, SD

Jennifer Williamson, MBBS FACP

Monument Health

CME Accreditation and MOC Points

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 9.75 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 9.75 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. 

To claim MOC points for this activity, the ABIM requires that learners be enrolled in their MOC program. The ABIM also requires learners complete a comprehensive evaluation (e.g. quiz) of the learning that took place. Quiz questions are based on the meeting material, a minimum score of 60% is required to claim MOC points, and multiple attempts are permitted. If you have any questions about claiming MOC points, please contact ACP. If you have any questions about the MOC program, please contact the ABIM.

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