Merle Pennington, M.D. Lectures in Family Medicine

pennington lecture

This is a clinical topic-based single day conference typically held in the early fall in Portland. The morning session consists of several presentations interspersed with time for questions. Morning lectures are followed by a keynote Pennington Lecture, a clinically relevant piece pertinent to provision of medical care or practice transformation. All lectures are presented by clinicians with extensive experience in their topic. The day is rounded off by afternoon workshops with clinical application and 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.

20th Annual Pennington Lectures

Friday, September 16, 2016. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
OHSU Campus


Keynote Lecture

Medical data: Working for your patients, working for you. Scott Fields, MD, MHA.

Morning Sessions

  • Differentiating the dementias and making it matter | Eriko Onishi, MD
  • Sudden cardiac death in athletes | Rachel Bengtzen, MD
  • EMG and NCV: Making order of neurological testing | Chafic Karam, MD
  • Moving the mass: Obesity, its consequences and realistic treatment options | Amy Wiser, MD
  • Altitude illness | Jason Yost, MD

Afternoon Workshops

  • From Ebola to Zika - when we travel to bugs and when bugs travel to us | Tim Herrick, MD and Ann Tseng, MD
  • Students in your practice: Tips to enhance value for faculty and learner | Ryan Palmer, MFA, EdD, et al
  • Building resilience: Fibromyalgia and chronic pain | Steve Wahls, MD and Chloe Ackerman, PsyD


The cost for full day CME is $130. After July 27, 2016, the cost is $150. There are discounts for the 2016 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

This Live activity, OHSU Family Medicine Pennington Lectures, with a beginning date of 09/16/2016, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 7.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Lecture Materials


Differentiating the Dementias and Making It Matter
Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes
EMG and NCV: Making Order of Neurological Testing
Moving the Mass: Obesity, Its Consequences and Realistic Treatment Options
Altitude Illness
Merle Pennington Lecture: Data: Working for You, Working for Your Patients


Building Resilience: Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain
Students In Your Practice: Tips to Enhance Value For Faculty and Learner
From Ebola to Zika: When We Travel to Bugs and When Bugs Travel To Us

Resources and References

References: Building Resilience: Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain


Morning Lectures

Pennington Lecture