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The 19th Annual Merle Pennington, M.D., Lectures in Family Medicine

Where: Center for Health and Healing 
When: 8 a.m - 4 p.m. Friday, August 7.  

Registration is from 8 - 8:25 a.m. on the third floor of the Center for Health and Healing at the South Waterfront campus.


  • Diabetic pharmacotherapy and treatment plans - implementing your cost-effective care.
  • From waah! to ahhh! An evidence-based update to the well-child check.
  • Sleep like a baby (or not!). Evaluation of chronic insomnia and apnea.
  • Healthcare in prison and beyond. Meeting the needs of an underserved population. 
  • Choosing wisely: Enhancing safety, reducing risk. 
  • Pennington lecture: Transforming the rural practice - making it work and exceeding patient expectations.

Afternoon workshops

  • Procedures I could add to my practice (and not abandon my patients)
  • Direct primary care: leverage for change
  • Implementing concussion evaluation tools in our practice

Resident poster presentations

  • Using telemedicine to improve palliative care in rural Oregon
  • Health equity circle: Student and resident organizing for health equity
  • A place to heal: A qualitative focus group study of respite care preferences among individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Yellow eyes and head trauma
  • Innovative EHR tools may improve documented performance of SBIRT in primary care


Activities will be held at the Kirk Auditorium in the Center for Health & Healing (CHH) at the South Waterfront Campus.The cost for full day CME is $130. After July 27, 2015, the cost is $150. There are discounts for the 2015 Master Teachers, the  Robert B. Taylor, MD Society members, statewide Family Medicine Volunteer Faculty members, Family Medicine Department Faculty and Residents and Students, but all must register.

Credit Hours

This Live activity, 19th Annual Pennington Lectures in Family Medicine, with a beginning date of 08/07/2015, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 7.75 Prescribed credits(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed Credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as category 1.


If you plan to park at the CHH Whitaker lot, you will need to purchase a parking pass for $13.00.  Please sign up at the Online Registration.

Last year

Sept. 5, 2014 Pennington Lectures in Family Medicine | What clinicians need to know about the future of the Family Medicine Project

What does the future hold for Family Medicine?

John Saultz, MDThat's the question that the organizations of Family Medicine are attempting to answer through the Family Medicine for America's Health: The Future of Family Medicine 2.0 initiative. Dr. John Saultz, MD, OHSU Family Medicine Department Chairman, outlined the initiative during the the keynote lecture for the OHSU Family Medicine 18th Annual Merle Pennington Lecture, held Sept. 5, 2014.

The initiative is the second phase of the Future of Family Medicine Project, which the discipline launched 12 years ago to meet the changing health care environment. Much has changed since the 2002 implementation, including the scope of Family Medicine practice.

“There’s a lot of concern about the changing scope of practice,” Saultz said. “There’s a decline in the percent of family medicine doctors who deliver babies. More practices are using hospitalists. There’s a decline in the percentage of family physicians caring for children: One-third of board certified family doctors will not see children in their practices.”

The Future of Family Medicine 2.0 is addressing the following questions:

  • What new skills are required for the future family physician and what old skills might no longer be necessary?
  • How can we know if the changes underway in our practices are good for patients?
  • What are the implications for how we teach and study family medicine?
  • What new payment models will be required for this model of care to succeed?

“We are experiencing a renaissance in our field, and we are going to encounter things that we have never encountered before,” Saultz said. “We are going to be able to decide what it looks like.”

Future of Family Medicine 2.0 includes:

The initiative will be promoted through “Health is Primary” – an ad campaign that capitalizes on the strong brand recognition of Family Medicine and the importance of primary care. The campaign will begin in November. It will focus on promoting prevention, patient responsibility, the importance of having a primary care physician, the Patient-Centered Medical Home, access to care, coordinated care, patient/physician partnerships to improve health and increased communications options with physicians.

“The question has been asked, ‘Is this a social contract or is it a marketing campaign?’” Saultz said. “I would say that if we’re going to roll this out and tell people that this is what we’re going to do, then it’s a social contract. It’s a promise to constantly improve the care delivery model.”