UP Live Module: Maintaining Balance as a Rural Physician: Caring for One’s Self and Community panel discussion

A recording of this event is available in the Rural Health I module at https://canvas.uw.edu/courses/1703470/pages/rural-health-i-optional-viewing?module_item_id=19542956

Brought to you by the Underserved Pathway and Montana WWAMI TRUST

Wednesday, November 1, 2023
5:45 – 7:00 PM Pacific Time

Open to all UWSOM students. Underserved Pathway scholars can receive module credit toward the UP’s required 10 modules by attending this event. Students in Bozeman: please join us for a social hour with Montana physicians and the live event!

With ongoing rural health care provider shortages across the nation, rural primary care doctors are more valuable than ever before. Hear four Montana physicians discuss their careers in rural medicine and their strategies for maintaining their own well-being. There will be time for Q&A with the panelists.

Our featured panelists include:

Dr. Amy Solomon (Montana Family Medicine Residency in Billings, MT) is a graduate of St. Louis University Medical School and the Santa Monica/UCLA Family Medicine Residency Program, both of which are committed to caring for the urban underserved. For 20 years she worked in private rural practice in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Monterey Bay, CA which was the lowest socioeconomic part of the county, attending to patients with varied socioeconomic backgrounds in full scope family medicine as well as addiction medicine. For the last five years she has been a faculty physician at the Montana Family Medicine Residency in Billings, MT which is part of a Federally Qualified Health Center. The clinic serves as a safety net for Yellowstone County and surrounding areas.


Dr. Neil Sun Rhodes is a family medicine physician at the Indian Health Services (IHS) Blackfeet Community Hospital in Browning, Montana. He received his undergraduate education from Montana State University in Bozeman in 2000 and his MD and MPH from Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon in 2006. His residency was completed in Billings in 2009 at the Montana Family Medicine Residency. In 2009, he founded a Family Medicine/OB practice at the IHS in Browninga rural, chronic primary care shortage area. Since then, he has provided full-spectrum care in Browning in a variety of capacities, including primary care, outpatient clinic, urgent care, emergency room care, hospitalist medicine, and obstetrical care including labor and delivery.


Dr. Wade See (Stillwater Billings Clinic in Columbus, MT) started as a Montana WWAMI student and TRUST scholar, working in Libby, MT. He then completed 4 years of general surgery residency in Phoenix MT at a Level 1 Trauma center and finished in family medicine at Riverstone Health in Billings, MT. Dr. See now works in Columbus, MT at Stillwater Billings Clinic, where he covers the emergency department, inpatient, and urgent care. During the last three years he has helped cover shifts in Red Lodge, Roundup, Townsend, Big Timber, Harlowton, and West Yellowstone. As the “pinch-hitter” for Billings Clinic, he has seen the most austere of rural facilities as well as some of the most sophisticated Critical Access Hospitals in the state. He has also worked in Buffalo, WY, Ennis MT, and Glasgow MT for unaffiliated partners. He lives on the Yellowstone River near Park City MT with his wife and two dogs.


Dr. Rebecca Sharar is a third-year resident at the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana (Missoula, MT). She was first introduced to rural health during her RUOP experience in Red Lodge, Montana during her first year of medical school at the University of Washington and has been sold on rural medicine ever since! She is drawn to the variety and unpredictability of rural practice, as well as the quirkiness of living in a small community. She has focused her medical training on rural experiences and is in the rural intensive training track of her residency program. She plans to practice inpatient, outpatient and emergency medicine in a small mountain town after graduating.


We hope to see you there!

For more information on the Underserved Pathway, please visit the UP website or reach out to us at upath@uw.edu. Learn more about the Targeted Rural Underserved Track (TRUST) here.