Education at OHSU

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At OHSU, students' experiences are enhanced by interprofessional activities and programs outside of the classroom.

Student interest groups

At OHSU, student interest groups provide opportunities for students to participate in and build meaningful connections with others who share similar interests.  Student interest group activities are educational, intellectual, interdisciplinary, cultural, and social in nature.   These activities help students develop leadership and workplace skills, collaborative relationships with others, and a sense of one's personal identity. For a list of current student interest groups, click here

Current groups needing to renew registration or for those starting a new group, visit Student Central on O2 (OHSU network credentials required).

Annual events

On the first day of each term, incoming students from different schools and programs come together to learn about the basic student resources available on the Marquam Hill and South Waterfront campuses.

Fall Term-Monday, September 23rd, 2019

This September event is open to the entire campus community to kick off the new academic year. Hosted in collaboration with the Graduate Student Organization, the All-Hill Student Council, and the School of Medicine Alumni Association, attendees can enjoy dinner, drinks, raffle prizes, and music.  There are approximately 40 information tables that students can visit to learn about student life, academic services, student interest groups, parking and transportation options, etc.  Also, the Student Health & Wellness Center will be on site providing flu vaccines for all current OHSU students. Whether you're a new or returning student, the event is open to all!

Celebrate Halloween with your classmates and friends! Costume contest, DJ, prizes, and food and drink.

Java with Jacobs logo - illustration of OHSU President Dr. Danny Jacobs

The coffee talk with the president is a bi-annual event hosted by OHSU President Danny Jacobs.   This event gives students the opportunity to have an open dialouge about new educational initiatives, OHSU's vision, the importance OHSU plays in the local community and across the globe all while enjoying lunch and a fresh cup of coffee.

Sunriver ski trip group photo - OHSU Student Life activities

Each January, OHSU students spend some well needed rest and relaxation shredding the slopes at Mt.Bachelor in Bend, Oregon. This is a widely popular event that attracts students from all schools. The event offers discounted lift tickets and room accommodations as well as a dance with food, beverages and fun.

The All-Hill Student Council's annual Flame Awards ceremony celebrates the hard work, generosity, and compassion displayed by students and faculty across schools, campuses, and programs. Students and faculty members who have gone above and beyond in the area of volunteerism may be nominated for an award. Awards come with a framed certificate and cash prizes.

Students from all programs along with their guests enjoy a formal evening of dancing, appetizers, and beverages at the infamous Adrianna Ballroom in downtown Portland.  

Each spring, the Rho Chi chapter of the College of Pharmacy sponsors a Jeopardy-style, team-based knowledge competition open to all schools.

Each June, OHSU honors about 1,200 graduating students from its five schools at ceremonies in Portland and other areas across the state.

Graduating students: Find updated information about convocation on Student Central