Program Curriculum

Empathy training - tasting liquid potassium in the VA ICU to understand what the patient is going through
Empathy training - tasting liquid potassium in the VA ICU to understand what the patient is going through

The major focus of our residency program is to support the diverse career goals of our housestaff. As the only University-based training program in the state of Oregon, we have a broad mission in serving the public interest. This mission ranges from training the finest practitioners in primary care to preparing residents for entry into investigative careers.

Our residents divide their time among general medicine and subspecialty wards, intensive care units, ambulatory care, consultation services; and emergency room and long-term care settings.

During a resident's 2nd and 3rd years they can choose to participate in the Primary Care Track or Global Health Track (or both).  Residents may "track" in and out of primary care and global health if their desired career pathway changes.

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Program Facilities

OHSU Campus from the Portland VA Medical Center

Residents rotate at a variety of clinical facilities.  The majority of rotations are located at the OHSU Hospital and the Portland Veterans (VA) Medical Center located on the Marquam Hill Campus.  An 1/8 mile skybridge connects the OHSU and VA Hospitals.  

Residents may also have clinical activities at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing at the South Waterfront Campus a short 3 minute tram ride away from the main campus.

Second and third year Residents also rotate to other off-campus locations (including Kaiser Permanente) and have their sub-specialty clinics in a variety of locations both on and off campus.

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Primary Care

Residents in Team Room

The Department of Medicine at OHSU is committed to practice and training in primary care internal medicine.  We stress training in ambulatory settings, especially continuity of care, as well as the acquisition of skills in certain non-internal medicine disciplines.

Primary Care track Residents participate in a community-based Preceptorship their second year for three weeks, usually in a rural setting.  In the third year of training they particiapte in a six week block of outpatient Primary Care medicine.

Approximately six Residents per class are involved in the Primary Care training program.  Residents may "track" in or out of the primary care track, creating an opportunity to better tailor rotations and experiences to meet their future goals and plans.

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Global Health Burundi

Global Health Scholars Program

The mission of the OHSU Internal Medicine (IM) Global Health Scholars Program is to supplement and enrich a robust internal medicine curriculum with opportunities in global health. OHSU IM Global Health Scholars will (1) participate in local interdisciplinary lectures and journal clubs, (2) learn from online modules and selected readings, and (3) rotate through local and international clinical sites during the second and third year of residency.  The IM Global Health Scholars Program is an optional supplement to OHSU's Internal Medicine residency curriculum for those residents with an interest in Global Health.

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Web-Based Medical Education Innovations

The OHSU Internal Medicine Program has launched itself further into the 21st Century with several recent web-based and social media-based medical education innovations.  Created in June 2016, the Chief Residents continue to maintain the blog IMRESPDX.  This blog offers a dynamic array of educational resources, grouped by organ system as well as "quick hits".  Through it, the Chief Residents also routinely publish blog posts summarizing Noon Conference presentations, with thorough and insightful overview of discussions, learning points, and journal article links.  Additionally, the program has embraced the use of #hcsm (health care social media) for physicians and internal medicine residency trainees.  Follow us on our Facebook public page and with our Twitter account @OHSUIMRes.  We also heavily promote our residents' scholarship accomplishments on social media with the aid of our hashtag, #OHSUscholarship!