Continuing Education

OHSU Family Medicine offers a wide range of continuing education opportunities.

These include:

  • Community Outreach and Faculty Development programs
  • A variety of Courses and Lectures that includes the:
  • Monthly Family Medicine Grand Rounds 
  • Laurel Case Visiting Professor Lecture
  • The Advances Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) course
  • Merle Pennington MD Lectures in Family Medicine 

For more information contact Coelleda O'Neil, 503-494-7595


Grand Rounds Lecture Explores Social Determination

Bill Ventres, M.D., M.A., family physician and medical anthropologist, will present “Socially Responsible Health Care: From Determinants to Determination” at the OHSU Department of Family Medicine Grand Rounds at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec.17, in Emma Jones Hall.

Dr. Ventres and his audience will explore the concept of social determination and what it means in Portland and around the world. The social determinants of health – the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age – are well known. These determinants are mostly responsible for the unfair and avoidable differences in health status seen within and between countries.  

The concept of social determination, however, is less well known. Social determination involves a process of perception, reflection, and action.  

  • Can we recognize the costs of poverty, racism, sexism, classism, and unbridled capitalism to human dignity? 
  • Can we appreciate how these factors benefit few at the expense of many? 
  • Can we appreciate how none of these are immutable, “natural” phenomena? Can we engage in the broader community as outspoken citizens of health?

For more on social determination, see this recent article in BMC International Health and Human Rights.

Dr. Ventres has more than 25 years’ experience as a community-based family doctor. His work has focused on the primary care of underserved and minority populations in safety-net clinics, principally attending to economically poor and socially marginalized patients.  

Dr. Ventres’ professional interests include the international development of family medicine, physician-patient communication (especially across cultural, ethnic, and economic boundaries) and the use of qualitative methods to explore research questions in generalist practice. He is the recipient of two Senior Fulbright Scholarships. He has taught family medicine residents in Venezuela and MPH students in El Salvador. He is currently a research associate at the Institute for Studies in History, Anthropology and Archeology at the University of El Salvador.

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