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Our Impact | OHSU School of Medicine

Our School in 2021

2021 SoM brochure

The School of Medicine is a leader in healing, teaching and discovery. 
By the numbers:

  • 2,252 Students and trainees
  • 19,882 Alumni
  • 2,433 Faculty and 5,789 employees
  • 1,129,364 Annual patient visits at OHSU
  • $379 Million in sponsored project research awards (FY2020)
  • $963 million budget

Read about our impact.

Our work at a glance

The OHSU School of Medicine supports the three-part institutional mission of healing, teaching and discovery.

The OHSU Practice Plan is the largest organized clinical practice in Oregon, with more than 2,100 clinician members.

OPP members are the physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other providers that care for the more than 283,000 unique patients a year at OHSU hospitals and medical clinics.

OPP members are in a unique position to be active clinicians while maintaining strong roots in the education and research missions. In addition, affiliate faculty in communities and private practices across the state help educate OHSU students – the providers of tomorrow.

The OHSU health system is expanding.

OPP leaders and clinical faculty members are integrally involved in OHSU’s growing clinical enterprise. They help cultivate the relationships with partners at Tuality Healthcare and Adventist Portland. They share knowledge and advance treatments to uphold patient care standards. Their professional satisfaction and wellness is paramount in this time of change and growth.

The OHSU School of Medicine is breaking the mold to offer our more than 2,000 students and trainees the most relevant preparation for a dynamic health care and biomedical research environment, in which physicians and scientists advance human health for all and serve where needed, from urban to rural settings.

In turn, students and trainees are increasingly shaping the culture of academic medicine with their advocacy for a more diverse, inclusive, respectful and healthy climate.

The mission includes the full spectrum of education:

  • Undergraduate Medical Education (the M.D. program)
  • Graduate Studies, including the biomedical sciences and the Physician Assistant master’s degree program
  • Graduate Medical Education (residents and fellows)
  • Continuing Professional Development

Graduate Medical Education plans to increase the number of residency slots in the state by 100 in coming years, including establishing a new program in Forest Grove, and having OHSU residents rotate in rural communities including Grants Pass, Enterprise, Coos Bay, White City and Astoria. GME training is a more predictable indicator of a provider’s permanent practice location than M.D. training, bolstering the GME expansion as a grow-your-own initiative.

The School of Medicine is home to the largest portion of OHSU’s research enterprise, with more than 3,500 faculty, postdocs, research staff and graduate students working in the basic, translational and clinical sciences.

Researchers utilize some of the most unique and state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation in the country, including the Advanced Imaging Research Center and the OHSU Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine. The result is a vibrant and highly collegial intellectual community pursuing some of the biggest questions in health and science.

Powered by more than $1.75 billion in philanthropic giving and $150 million in additional institutional investment in recent years, the OHSU research enterprise has greatly expanded, deepening and broadening many areas of research, including gene therapy, neuroscience, computational biology, addiction science and cardiovascular research.

Annual reports

SOM Brochure 2020

Economic impact

The School of Medicine operates on a $963 million budget.

  • 2,433 faculty members
  • 5,789 employees
  • 2,252 students and trainees

The OPP generated $761 million in FY2020 revenue.

Researchers received $379 million in sponsored project awards for the school in FY2020.

Statewide reach

School of Medicine - statewide reach in serving all Oregonians, updated February 2019

As the state's only academic health center, OHSU's mission includes a number of activities and programs that no other teaching hospital can offer:

  • Educating the next generation of health care providers
  • Discovering new cures
  • Providing care for the most vulnerable and difficult cases
  • Reaching out to all 36 Oregon counties

The School of Medicine strives to serve all Oregonians and enhance our "96,000 square mile campus."

We host free public lectures in the Marquam Hill Lecture Series, Hatfield lectures, and the Dr. DeNorval Unthank Endowed Lectureship.

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