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.

Summer A - Monday, June 29th, 2020

Summer B - Monday, August 10th, 2020

Fall Term - Monday, September 28th, 2020

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.

Dear Students,

COVID-19 is impacting our global community in ways few could have imagined. In Oregon, the governor issued an executive order to "Stay Home, Save Lives," all spring term classes will be held remotely, and our hospital, in partnership with other health care providers, is preparing for a surge of COVID-19 related cases across the state.

OHSU, like so many other institutions, is faced with making difficult decisions in the interest of keeping our members and all Oregonians healthy and well.

In line with other schools in the state, we have made the incredibly difficult decision that all OHSU 2020 Convocation and graduation-related events will not be held in-person this year.

As graduates in health science professions, you have endured a uniquely rigorous academic journey, and we know not experiencing a traditional graduation ceremony to honor your hard work will be upsetting. We are exploring alternate ways to celebrate this momentous occasion, and will provide additional information as details are confirmed. It is important you are celebrated. We appreciate your understanding of the situation, and acknowledge you for pursuing careers that will better the health and well-being of humanity–something we need now more than ever before.

Please know how important you and your success are. We wish you and your family, friends, and communities the best, and invite you to participate in our student support services.

Sincerely yours,

Danny Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.


Elena Andresen, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President and Provost


Graduating students: Find updated information about convocation on Student Central