Our Impact | OHSU School of Medicine

Wy'East Post-bacc pathway
Scholars in the Wy'East Post-Baccalaureate Pathway, created by the Northwest Native American Center of Excellence

Our work at a glance

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

Our School in 2020

SOM web brochure 2020

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

  • 2,260 Students and trainees
  • 19,389 Alumni
  • 2,298 Faculty and 5,195 employees
  • 1,129,364 Annual patient visits at OHSU
  • $379 Million in sponsored project research awards (FY2020)
  • $1.05 Billion budget

Read about our impact.

The OHSU Practice Plan is the largest organized clinical practice in Oregon, with more than 1,800 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

Get more information about our work across missions, and see how we've grown to meet increasing needs across the state.

2020 Overview and facts

Economic impact

The School of Medicine operates on a $1.05 billion budget.

  • 2,324 faculty members
  • 5,302 employees
  • 2,274 students and trainees

The OPP generated $644 million in FY2018 revenue.

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

See the OHSU facts page for more information about the university as a whole.

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.

In the news: Read an in-depth exploration of OHSU's statewide emergency department staffing

Our priorities

We outline our priorities each year to guide our efforts. See how they translate to action around the school.

Assistant dean with students
Jackie Wirz, Ph.D., assistant dean for graduate student affairs (second from right) with students at a lecture
AVDS with guest lecturer John Matsui
Members of the Alliance for Visible Diversity in Science (AVDS) with guest lecturer Berkeley Biology Scholars Program co-founder Dr. John Matsui (front row, third from left)

Students, faculty and staff lead efforts to foster an inclusive environment and increase the diversity of our community.

  • The school has hired an assistant dean for diversity to support students across the school.
  • The M.D. program has hired two Diversity Navigators to mentor medical students from diverse backgrounds.
  • The M.D. program has reserved space in the Robertson Life Sciences Building for students to create a multicultural safe space.
  • M.D. students lead a Structural Competency curriculum to explore social determinants of health and barriers to accessing health care that their future patients face.
  • Students have increased representation on committees across the school.
  • Graduate Medical Education programs have adopted "second-look" days to support recruiting diverse trainees.
  • The Latino Medical Student Association added Introduction to Medical Spanish to the M.D. curriculum as an elective.
Paths to Leadership 2018 cohort
The 2018 Paths to Leadership cohort

We provide programming and resources to support faculty development, career advancement and wellness.

The school has also hired an assistant dean for faculty development to build capacity and provide resources across missions. OHSU members can learn more about this position and efforts to streamline CME and MOC fulfillment.

Dr. Phoebe Lin
Dr. Phoebe Lin used preliminary data partially generated by the school's support to earn a highly competitive award to further sustain her research.

For decades, physician-scientists – who typically devote 80 percent of their time to research, 20 percent to patient care – comprised a small subset of the physician workforce with an outsize role in medical advances.

A 2014 report by the NIH Physician-Scientist Workforce Working Group found that of almost 1 million U.S. physicians, 1.5 percent reported research as their primary focus. At OHSU during that same period, an estimated 4 percent of physicians focused on research.

Dean Sharon Anderson has prioritized support to sustain the work of physician scientists at OHSU and attract more. The program is a comprehensive approach that provides support across the professional continuum, helping departments and units create robust start-up packages and support the work of junior scientists to reach the level of independent funding.

Two inaugural recipients received funding in 2018:

  • Phoebe Lin, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of ophthalmology, OHSU School of Medicine, studies age-related macular degeneration.
  • Rajan Kulkarni, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of dermatology, OHSU School of Medicine, and staff dermatologist, VA Portland Health Care System, investigates tumor heterogeneity through single cell isolation and analysis, for all cancers, but primarily in melanoma, prostate and lung cancers.

Physician-scientists in the news

First Do No Harmony student choir
Members of the interprofessional student choir "First Do No Harmony"

Read messages from Dean Sharon Anderson for ongoing updates on wellness initiatives around the school.

Some recent efforts include:

  • Hiring a director of Medical Student Wellness and Leadership Development in the M.D. program
  • "Happiness grants" for student-led projects
  • Optimizing clinic workflow and piloting new staffing models to help relieve clinician burnout
  • Leadership listening sessions with trainees and students

Members of the OHSU community can check this O2 page for resources available to students, trainees, faculty and staff.