Donald Girard, MD, Senior Consultant, Office of the Dean, and the J.S. "Dutch" Reinschmidt Professorship for Medical Education is one of Oregon's leaders in physician wellness, workforce and education. As former head of the medical schools' robust residency programs, he is also an active participant in the national effort to develop innovative ways of regionalizing Graduate Medical Education.
In addition to maintaining a busy internal medicine clinical practice, his service has included president of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, Oregon Governor for the American College of Physicians (ACP), president of the Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland, and member of the executive committee of the Oregon Medical Association. He also chaired the planning committee for the ACP's national annual session and served on a number of task forces for the Association of American Medical Colleges. In 2008 he was appointed to the Oregon Medical Board.
Dr. Girard completed a residency in internal medicine at what was then known as the University of Oregon Medical School and Affiliated VA Hospital, later to become OHSU. He is also a Professor in the Department of Medicine and has balanced his commitment to academic medicine with his own practice in internal medicine.
Dr. Girard is in regular contact with program directors about their residency programs, and involved in creating new or expanded programs. "I consider it a special opportunity to be involved with young people in medicine."