About Us

The Oregon Geriatric Education Center (OGEC) is dedicated to improving the care of older adults in Oregon through collaborative, interdisciplinary, continuing education and professional development. 

The OGEC is a consortium of key faculty and staff from the following institutions:

  • Oregon Health & Science University Schools of Nursing and Medicine
  • Oregon State University Extension Service and College of Pharmacy
  •  Portland State University Institute on Aging and School of Social Work

A key strength of the OGEC consortium is the diversity of its multi-disciplinary team. Consortium members bring together geriatric expertise in nursing, medicine, pharmacy, social science and health care policy.

By the year 2040, the population of adults in Oregon aged 60-74 will increase by approximately 130%.  The estimated population of adults aged 75 and older will increase by 170%.  The state of Oregon has  few board certified geriatricians to provide care to this growing population. The OGEC is dedicated to the preparation of  health professionals and service providers to optimally care for older adults. 


John R. Walsh, M.D.
The OGEC was established in 1989 with a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Professions.  Funding for the OGEC was most recently awarded in July 2010 (Grant # UB4HP19057).

John R. Walsh M.D. was the founding director of the OGEC and a pioneer in the field of geriatrics.  As chief of geriatrics for the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Dr. Walsh established one of the first geriatric fellowship programs in the United States.  Dr. Walsh passed away in 1995, yet his legacy continues through the work of the  Oregon Geriatric Education Center.


The OGEC’s activities are linked to national goals that are focused on increasing the numbers of persons who are trained to deliver high quality care to older adults. In addition, the OGEC is focused on evidence-based falls prevention education with interprofessional teams from the fields of medicine, nursing, pharmacy and social work.


Over the past 20 years, the OGEC has trained thousands of learners through its educational programs. In FY 2011-2012 alone, the OGEC provided geriatric-specific training to over 485 interprofessional clinicians.

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