OHSU PA Program attends annual OSPA conference

Faculty and students enjoyed a weekend in Gleneden Beach for the annual Oregon Society of PA's annual CME conference. While students participated in the weekend activities, OHSU faculty kept busy the entire conference giving lectures and attending meetings. Highlights include talks by interim program director, Gopal Allada, MD, who spoke on “Management of the Hospitalized COPD Patient.”

Other presentation highlights from the weekend:

•           Shannon Anderson, PA-C – Demystifying Parkinsonism 

•           Emily Jacobsen, PA-C – Transgender Health in Primary Care & Early Career Session: Billing and Coding

•           Patrick Bowden, MMS, PA-C – Honing Observation, Honoring Ambiguity: How Experiences with Art can Strengthen Clinical Skills

•           Lillian Navarro-Reynolds, PA-C – Preventing Firearm Deaths: It’s Time to Speak

•           Program Founder Ted Ruback, PA-C Emeritus – POLST, “What’s New & How Can We Do Better”

Students from OHSU had the opportunity to collaborate with other students from Pacific University and Yale University’s Online Program. They participated in unique lectures and skills workshops throughout the weekend, including a “New Career PA Reception” where recent graduates offered advice on life after graduate school.

The class of 2021 raised money by raffling baskets stuffed with various donated items to support the program and their adopted non-profit organization, Portland Street Medicine. Funds raised will help students attend future conferences such as this one, and the remaining amount will be donated to the non-profit.

PA21 at 2019 OSPA fall conference
Members of PA21 at 2019 OSPA fall conference