Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics


The Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics is a division within the Department of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). The Division is comprised of two sections; one at OHSU and one at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The two sections often collaborate on teaching and training activities, research and clinical care. The Division is home to a group of outstanding physicians, nurse practitioners, researchers and educators who are dedicated to serving the people of Oregon by providing excellent clinical care, and serving the region and the nation through research and education. It is an exciting time to be involved in primary care, with innovative educational models and health care reform initiatives that are transforming how care is delivered.

The Division has 42 full time and 12 part time faculty members, and 185 volunteer clinical faculty located throughout the region. Dr. Katherine Bensching is Division Head and Dr. Elizabeth Allen, MD is Section Chief at the Portland VAMC.

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NEW Addiction Medicine Fellowship available at OHSU! The Addiction Medicine Fellowship is is a 1 year, full time program located in Portland, Oregon. The curriculum prepares fellows for careers in integrating addiction medicine into general health care settings, addiction specialty care settings, academic medicine, or research. OHSU has SIX Addiction Medicine boarded faculty to include: Todd Korthuis, Melissa Weimer, Rachel Solotaroff, Richard Gil, Meg Devoe, and Honora Englander.
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OHSU's work made the CDC fact sheet for STEADI! Congratulations Colleen Casey, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, CNS and Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD, MPH.

Congratulations to our own, Susan Tolle, MD, director of the Center for Ethics in Health Care and senior author of a new study, published June 9, 2014, showing that the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment program--commonly known as POLST--gives seriously ill or frail people a voice in how they are treated in a medical crisis. The study was published online by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
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Congratulations to our own, Colleen Casey, PhD, ANP-BC, who was awarded the OHSU School of Nursing Alumni Association Early Career Achievement Award at their annual reunion luncheon on June 1st! This award is presented to alumni who have demonstrated a commitment to evidenced based practice and have made significant contributions in improving patient care and health in a community setting or in the areas of scientific reserach or academia within five years of graduation.


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