OHSU Receives National Honors

10/28/99    Portland, Ore.

Oregon Health Sciences University is on the receiving end of two national, institutional awards this month. OHSU Hospital was presented with the 1999 Consumer Choice Award and the School of Medicine was recognized for its revolutionary approach to curriculum design and also for its efforts in continuing medical education.

1999 Consumer Choice Award
The National Research Corporation of Lincoln, Neb., named both OHSU Hospital and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center "preferred" hospitals in the Portland area. This award is based on the results of a regional survey in which Northwest residents were asked to name the hospital with the best staff, reputation, technology and overall quality. "I believe the study results reflect the continued high level of customer service at OHSU," said Timothy Goldfarb, director of the OHSU Health Care System. "It shows that the doctors, nurses and other staff members in the hospital never lose sight of the real focus, our patients."

Innovations to Curriculum Award
OHSU's School of Medicine received the national award for its innovative curriculum and its approach to continued development. The award recognizes the enhanced involvement of medical school students in rating and evaluating courses and faculty members. The annual award is presented by the American Medical Association's Medical Student Section. "Our curriculum review process provides an ongoing mechanism for students to help shape their medical school experience," said Edward Keenan, Ph.D., associate dean for medical education in the School of Medicine. "Student input is an important element in the continuing development and improvement of medical curriculum and gives students a meaningful avenue to critique the education we provide future physicians."

Full Accreditation for Continuing Medical Education Program at OHSU OHSU's School of Medicine received full accreditation for its efforts in continuing the education of health care providers. The authorization is granted by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and looks at seven criteria. OHSU received a perfect score with no deficiencies cited. The ACCME recognizes overall excellence and ensures that continued education programs meet accepted standards. "As one of the premier academic health centers in the nation, OHSU provides exceptional educational opportunities for students and professionals alike," said Joseph Bloom, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine. "Our goal is to use outstanding faculty to provide top quality continuing education, help health care providers improve their expertise and stay abreast of medical advancements. The ACCME's full accreditation endorses our efforts."