Our vision is to train future physician leaders who will serve patients and their best interests in any number of settings from clinics, hospitals, to private and governmental agencies.
The program emphasizes academic excellence throughout the training experience, offering a learning environment that balances the personal and professional needs of our house staff. Residents divide their time among general medicine ward services, intensive care units, various ambulatory care experiences including social medicine rotations, subspecialty consult rotations, emergency medicine, geriatrics, and neurology. The primary care track places additional emphasis in ambulatory care, behavioral medicine and geriatrics; and experiences in related areas such as gynecology, dermatology and medical orthopedics.
During a resident's 2nd and 3rd years they can choose to participate in the Primary Care Track or Global Health Scholars Program (or both). Residents may "track" in and out of primary care and global health if their desired career pathway changes.
The OHSU Internal Medicine Residency Program's performance in the Fellowship Match has been outstanding, with residents routinely matching in the most competitive subspecialty fellowship programs, including cardiology, gastroenterology, and hematology-oncology. We believe every resident desiring a competitive fellowship will be able to obtain one and achieve their long term professional goals. We have willing and capable subspecialty and generalist mentors available to assist residents navigate that path and many OHSU faculty members welcome residents who are interested in doing research during their residency.
ABIM ('Board') Certifying Examination Pass Rate
Graduating residents from the Department of Medicine have been highly successful on the American Board of Internal Medicine certifying exam. Our 3-year rolling pass rate is 100%. We attribute this success in large part to the quality of our residents, who are very bright and intellectually curious, but also credit their overall training experience and the associated curriculum at OHSU.
To assist our residents in assessing their medical knowledge and preparing for the ABIM exam, we annually administer the In-Training Exam to all residents. This exam was developed jointly by the American College of Physicians and the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, and its results are used solely for self-assessment and formative feedback. The exam results provide highly detailed information that assists residents and their faculty advisor in focusing their ongoing reading and studies.
Web-Based Medical Education Innovations
The OHSU Internal Medicine Program has several web-based and social media-based medical education innovations. Created in June 2016, the Chief Residents continue to maintain the blog IMRESPDX. This blog offers a dynamic array of educational resources, grouped by organ system as well as "quick hits". Through it, the Chief Residents also routinely publish blog posts summarizing Noon Conference presentations, with thorough and insightful overview of discussions, learning points, and journal article links. Additionally, the program has embraced the use of #hcsm (health care social media) for physicians and internal medicine residency trainees. Follow us on our Facebook public page, new Instagram account, or using our Twitter account @OHSUIMRes. We also heavily promote our residents' scholarship accomplishments on social media with the aid of our hashtag, #OHSUscholarship!