Electives for IM Residents
Internal medicine residents at OHSU have a 3-4 week elective block during their PGY2 and PGY3 years of training. Residents may choose to fill this time with either local, national, or international clinical and research experiences.
On-campus opportunities range from general internal medicine and sub-specialty consult experiences to rotations in other OHSU or affiliate departments (such as radiology or orthopedics). Many residents who are pursuing sub-specialty training will decide to use their elective month to conduct research. A list of all faculty contacts for research in each medicine sub-specialty is available to current residents. Residents have been extremely successful in their research endeavors, often presenting at national meetings and publishing their work in peer reviewed journals.
Off-campus opportunities include a wide variety of options. Some residents choose to take advantage of OHSU IM residency alumni, and travel to other states to complete clinical electives in unique health care environments such as the Indian Health Service. Additionally, many residents use elective time for international experiences, both to hone clinical skills and develop language skills (medical Spanish, for example) as well as lay groundwork for research opportunities. While advanced planning is needed, OHSU residents have completed international electives in Argentina, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, New Zealand, Peru, Spain and Tanzania.