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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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. See more.

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.

Congratulations to our own, Rachel Solotaroff, MD, who is being awarded the Karen Rotondo Award for outstanding service and significant contribution to improving the health and quality of life of people experiencing homelessness at the National Healthcare for the Homeless Conference!  The award honors the memory and legacy of Karen Rotondo, RN, the "Founding Mother" of the Healthcare for the Homeless Clinicians' network.

Congratulations to our own, Joseph Hardman, MD! Joe was elected to the Oregon Alpha Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha as a faculty inductee.

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Faculty Employment Opportunities

Clinician Educator

The Division of General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics (DGIMG) within the Department of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of Clinician-Educator in our growing Internal Medicine Clinic.  The successful candidate should enjoy teaching with a housestaff team and aspire to an academic career.

The DGIMG is actively building an integrated team practice model for delivering high quality medical care and service to the patients we serve, including transitional care of hospitalized patients. The successful candidate must have demonstrated ability to work with a team of health care providers and collaborate to achieve clinical care goals.  Our practice includes care of the under-insured and our mission includes outreach to the community. Our practice also includes innovative models for delivering structured care to populations of patients with chronic conditions. Candidates with an interest in and experience with chronic care models of health care and coordination of care of complex patients in various settings will receive priority consideration.  Our practice is recognized by the State of Oregon as a Tier 3 Patient Centered Primary Care Home and a Comprehensive Primary Care initiative clinic site. 

This position will include both a continuity ambulatory practice and coverage clinic.  This position is designed to increase overall patient access and late afternoon clinic hours will be expected.  Faculty in the DGIMG actively participate in teaching medical students, residents, fellows, and each other.  Faculty are expected to participate in continuing education, professional and faculty development and scholarship. Compensation for this position will include a base academic salary, paid through the academic department, plus a clinical salary from an incentive system based on the success and productivity for their clinical work at OHSU campus, as well as personal initiative.

MD or DO degree and ABIM certification is required.  Rank determined by and commensurate with experience and credentials.  FTE, 1.0 preferred. Salary $140,000-$180,000 dependent upon experience.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter of interest and CV to Katie Bensching, MD, Division Head, General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics c/o Sally Ison to isons@ohsu.edu, and apply on line http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/about/services/human-resources/ under IRC38334.