Welcome to OHSU
From the 2015 Chief Class!
We are very proud to be a part of the Ob/Gyn department here at OHSU and we're excited to introduce you to what we are all about! Our residency program has many strengths. We are a university based program with ties to several community hospitals in Portland; it's truly the best of both worlds. We have the challenge of managing unusual and difficult cases that are referred from a tri-state area to the tertiary care university, but not at the expense of bread-and-butter cases that we see in the community hospitals. One of our program's greatest assets is our dedicated and supportive faculty. We pride ourselves on being a close-knit, friendly community. This fosters an amazing and fun environment in which to learn and grow as a person, a clinician and a surgeon. In addition to advocating for quality of life, our department is also very committed to resident education. We have several surgical skills training labs each year and are developing a Robotic surgery training program. We have protected time each year to attend the Northwest Review, a two-day conference that is held in Portland, and have regular journal clubs in the homes of residents and faculty. And of course there is plenty of on-the-fly teaching. Our program director, Dr. Karen Adams, and assistant program director, Dr. Mary Anna Denman, listen very attentively to resident feedback and work tirelessly on our behalf to ensure that our program is meeting our needs.
We aren't exaggerating when we talk about the incredible camaraderie among our residents here at OHSU. We like to socialize together outside the hospital, and there are plenty of fun things to do in Portland and the surrounding area. Whether it's happy hour at a bar in the Pearl District, playing on our kickball team (The Fighting Forceps), hiking in the Columbia River Gorge, a picnic in beautiful Yamhill Wine Country, eating out at any of the many fantastic restaurants in Portland, or a trip to the coast, there is no shortage of ways to enjoy your time off, with fellow residents to enjoy it with! Our program has three official social events each year including a resident retreat, graduation banquet, and a top secret roast and toast called The Smoker which involves highly elaborate costumes and lots of funny stories. We'll save the details for when you come to visit us!
Your life will change dramatically in the next four years between weddings, the birth of children, family events, and of course the everyday challenges of being a resident. This department and your fellow residents will support you through those big changes as well as the daily ups and downs. You will become a skilled and confident clinician and surgeon here at OHSU, and you'll leave with many wonderful memories! We can't wait to meet you at your interview. We would love to hear from you via email with any questions.
Katie, Darcy, Shireen, Liz, Flynn, Sandy and Charlie