Quick Facts: Overview


The future health care landscape is interprofessional, patient-centered, focused on prevention, technology-smart, evidence-based, and able to rapidly integrate new discoveries into treatments. The practice environment of the future physician will be different than it is today.

The M.D. Curriculum Transformation is answering this question: What will society need from physicians and health care professionals over the next 20 to 30 years?

The American Medical Association states: "Across the continuum of physician education, the gap between how physicians are trained and the future needs of our health care system continues to widen." 

OHSU is boldly acting to change the future health care landscape. This is a multi-year collaborative process with significant faculty, student, alumni, health system partners, community and patient involvement.

The M.D. curriculum transformation process will make OHSU an even better medical school and will provide innovative and knowledgeable physician-leaders aligned with Oregon's health care future. It will build on what is successful in our current curriculum.

Throughout this process, our commitment to primary care, rural Oregon and underserved communities will be – as it has always been – unshakable; this commitment has been a defining feature of the medical school for 125 years. A transformed M.D. curriculum will enhance that commitment by identifying new and innovative educational opportunities for students to focus on underserved communities.

  • OHSU is ranked #3 in the nation for excellence in primary care education and #5 in the nation for excellence in family medicine education by US News and World Report
  • One-third of all Oregon physicians completed all or part of their training at OHSU
  • About 70% of our entering class is Oregonian; 46% of graduates chose primary care as a specialty in 2012 (recent national comparator is about 35%)

As part of this initiative, we are discussing expanding the number and type of student rotations outside of Portland – a broader menu of electives may better engage students in underserved service; topics currently being discussed include:

  • Interprofessional rural rotations with Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and others
  • Creative use of technology, such as telemedicine rotations
  • Adding more specialties to underserved rotations
  • Adding rotations in other underserved communities (low-income, cultural barriers, etc.)
  • Identifying new clerkship sites and partnerships in rural Oregon

Learn more: Quick facts and principles: Rural curriculum