Merle Pennington, M.D. Lectures in Family Medicine


OHSU Family Medicine's Pennington Lectures are a  topic-based single day conference held in the early fall in Portland. The day includes four parts: 

  • A morning session of lectures interspersed with time for questions
  • An afternoon keynote lecture pertinent to provision of medical care or practice transformation
  • Clinically relevant afternoon workshops
  • Resident poster presentations
This conference is named in honor of Merle Pennington MD, a founder of the OHSU Department of Family Medicine and mentor to many physicians, who formally joined the faculty in 1977.

21st Annual Pennington Lectures


Morning lectures

8 a.m. - noon

  • Aortic Dissection and Other Urgent Vascular Problems
  • Creative Blood Pressure Management: Whys and Tricks
  • The ABCs of P: Treating Incontinence
  • Making the Most of Your Rehab Services
  • Race-based Trauma and Health

Break for lunch and poster presentations

Keynote lecture
1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
"Training Family Physicians for All of Oregon" Joyce Hollander-Rodriguez, M.D.

Afternoon workshops

2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

  • Basic Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy
  • The "Problem Patient:" Teenage Behavioral Issues
  • Geriatric Polypharmacy


  • Registration before July 27, 2017: $130
  • After July 27, 2017: $150

Discounts are available for 2017 Master Teachers, the  Robert B. Taylor, MD Society members, statewide Family Medicine Volunteer Faculty members, Family Medicine Department Faculty and Residents, and Students.

Credit Hours

The Pennington Lectures will be eligible for CME credit. We will post complete information upon approval.