2024 Sommer Memorial Lectures and OHSU Scientific Session

Conference description

The Sommer Memorial Lectures are made possible by a perpetual trust established by the late Dr. Ernst A. Sommer with United States National Bank of Oregon. The lectures are open, without charge, to all members of the medical profession and to students attending accredited medical schools. The Sommer Lectures have brought to Portland more than 250 distinguished speakers from the United States and other countries since 1941 when the programs were inaugurated.

Conference date

May 2-3, 2024

Conference location

Multnomah Athletic Club, Portland Oregon

Sommer Lectures Registration

Register for the 2024 Sommer Memorial Lectures

Registration for the Sommer Memorial lectures is free.

2024 Sommer Lecturers

Maria Frank

Maria Frank, M.D., FACP, SFHM, FAOS
Professor of Medicine
University of Colorado

Christine Laine

Christine Laine, M.D., MPH
Professor of Medicine
Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University
Editor-in-Chief, Annals of Internal Medicine

Margaret Schwarze

Margaret Lee Schwarze, M.D., M.P.P., FACS
Professor of Surgery
University of Wisconsin

Thursday, May 2

7:30      Registration / Continental Breakfast    
8:30      Welcome to the Sommer Lectures - David Cook, M.D.
8:40      Viral Hemmorrhagic Fevers and the Art of Epidemiological and Travel History - Maria Frank, M.D.
9:30      Better Conversations for Better Informed Consent - Margaret Schwarze, M.D.
10:20    BREAK     
10:40    Do Stories Belong in Medical Journals? - Christine Laine, M.D.
11:30    Question / Answer Panel    
12:00    Lunch with the Lecturers    
1:30      Study What Pisses You Off - Margaret Schwarze, M.D.
2:15     Uplifting Credible Health Information on Social Media: How Do We Keep it Real? - Christine Laine, M.D.
3:00      BREAK    
3:20      General Disaster: The Role of Generalists in Disaster Preparedness and Response - Maria Frank, M.D.
4:05      Question / Answer Panel    
4:35      ADJOURN    

Friday, May 3

8:30      The Role of Medical Journals - Christine Laine, M.D.
9:15      Arboviruses: History, Present and Future - Maria Frank, M.D.
10:00    BREAK    
10:20    Harnessing Scenario Planning to Manage Uncertainty - Margaret Schwarze, M.D.
11:05    Question / Answer Panel    
11:35    Silvio John Vukov, M.D. / School of Medicine Dean's Luncheon    
12:45    OHSU SOM Scientific Session Welcome / Presentation of Awards - Nels Carlson
1:10      Vukov Lecture: The Challenge of Post-Acute Care - Peter Esselman, M.D., MPT
1:55      Distinguished Scientist Lecture - Owen McCarty, Ph.D.
2:40      Question / Answer Panel    
3:00      BREAK    
3:20      OHSU Continuing Professional Development Distinguished Lecturer - M. Sean Stanley, M.D.
4:05      OHSU Continuing Professional Development Distinguished Lecturer - Rob Hendrickson, M.D.
4:50      Question / Answer Panel    
5:15      ADJOURN    

American Medical Association


OHSU School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  


Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Maintenance of Certification


Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 12.25 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.


E-mail: cme@ohsu.edu

If you have a disability and require assistance to participate in the conference, please contact the Division of Continuing Professional Development as soon as possible, but no later than 20 business days prior to the conference.