Rural Surgery

Three Rivers Medical CenterThe Department of Surgery is invested in educating its general surgery residents to be competent to practice independently in any setting, rural or urban. To that effect, we have partnered with the Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass, Oregon (2012 estimated population: 34,805; US Census Bureau) to place two fourth year residents there for one year of training. These residents typically anticipate practicing in a rural area upon completion of their residency, or in one case, in a country with an under-served population. The residents sent to Grants Pass are selected by the Program Director after expressing interest during their first or second year of training. These residents have the opportunity in Grants Pass to work with general surgeons, urologists, obstetrician-gynecologists, vascular surgeons, and orthopedic surgeons. The case logs from residents who have completed a year in Grants Pass reflect a diverse and  comprehensive experience with ample time in the operating room.

Learn more about OHSU's first of its kind Rural Surgery Training Program, celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2013.


Learn more about the Rural Surgery Training Program through these first-account testimonials by recent graduates.

Small Town Success Story (267 KB)
"Small Town Success Story" originally appeared in the OHSU School of Medicine's alumni publication, Bridges.

Rural Surgery Training Program: Small Town, Big Opportunities
Megan M. Frost, M.D., Grants Pass, OR
OHSU 2013 graduate

Grants Pass PACU

Coos Bay Residency Rotation

The View From The (Surgical) Bay
New GME track in Coos Bay widens potential pipeline of rural general surgeons