2020 Allen M. Boyden, M.D. Memorial Lectureship

This lectureship is sponsored by Providence Center for Health Care Ethics in honor of Dr. Allen Boyden, a renowned leader and surgeon who promoted holistic approaches to and excellence in patient care.

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Torree McGowan

Featured speaker: Torree McGowan, M.D., FACEP

Torree McGowan, M.D., FACEP is a board certified emergency physician and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. She served in the United States Air Force as an emergency physician and medical director for soldiers in combat, having deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. An active U.S. Air Force reservist, Dr. McGowan is a practicing emergency physician with St. Charles Medical Group in Bend, OR.

Dr. McGowan's interests include physician wellness, disaster medicine, trauma and critical care. Her work around narrative medicine has been featured in The New England Journal of Medicine and Hektoen International. She lives with her husband, two boys, and five horses on her farm in Central Oregon.

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Donations to support this lectureship are gratefully accepted through Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation.


Continuing education credit

These events meet the criteria for 1.2 nursing contact hours. Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Department of Nursing, 9205 SW Barnes Road, Portland, Oregon, is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP8693. Providence Portland Medical Center designates these live educational activities for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in these activities. Providence Portland Medical Center is accredited by the Oregon Medical Association to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

Dates offered:

February 25, 2020 Tuesday 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Medical Grand Rounds

8-9 a.m. • 9-9:30 a.m. Q & A

The Forgotten Denouement: Writing to Finish Doctors’ Stories

Emergency physicians occupy a unique space in patient’s journeys. Often, they are at the height of the action, but rarely are party to the final outcomes of the case. Torree McGowan, M.D., FACEP, began writing as a way to finish these interrupted conversations, fragmented by transfers and critical illness, in the emergency department. She will explore the role of writing in combatting physician burnout and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through creating greater engagement in her patients’ stories.

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Souther Auditorium
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
9205 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225
February 25, 2020 Tuesday 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Open Forum

Battle Forged: How the Military has Shaped Medicine

In this session, Dr. McGowan will explore how the military has influenced medical practice, especially as it relates to trauma care and emergency medicine. From critical care transport, hemorrhage control, damage control resuscitation, and tactical casualty management, the legacy of certain medical advancements can be traced to the battlefield before becoming widely-accepted practice. Through this unique view into the history of medicine, participants will learn the origins and development of certain medical interventions which can promote a better appreciation of the storied care clinicians provide to their patients.

Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

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Souther Classroom
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
9155 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225
February 26, 2020 Wednesday 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Medical Grand Rounds

8-9 a.m. • 9-9:30 a.m. Q & A

The Forgotten Denouement: Writing to Finish Doctors’ Stories

Emergency physicians occupy a unique space in patient’s journeys. Often, they are at the height of the action, but rarely are party to the final outcomes of the case. Torree McGowan, M.D., FACEP, began writing as a way to finish these interrupted conversations, fragmented by transfers and critical illness, in the emergency department. She will explore the role of writing in combatting physician burnout and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through creating greater engagement in her patients’ stories.

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Harry A. Merlo Amphitheater - Robert W. Franz Cancer Center
Providence Portland Medical Center
4805 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97213
February 26, 2020 Wednesday 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Open Forum

Battle Forged: How the Military has Shaped Medicine

In this session, Dr. McGowan will explore how the military has influenced medical practice, especially as it relates to trauma care and emergency medicine. From critical care transport, hemorrhage control, damage control resuscitation, and tactical casualty management, the legacy of certain medical advancements can be traced to the battlefield before becoming widely-accepted practice. Through this unique view into the history of medicine, participants will learn the origins and development of certain medical interventions which can promote a better appreciation of the storied care clinicians provide to their patients.

Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

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Harry A. Merlo Amphitheater - Robert W. Franz Cancer Center
Providence Portland Medical Center
4805 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97213