Fellowship Life

Photograph of Mount Hood by concrete&fells
Photograph of Mount Hood by concrete&fells

When you join the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship program at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon, you not only have the opportunity to receive exceptional medical training but also to immerse yourself in a vibrant and dynamic city with a unique cultural scene and a host of exciting activities to enjoy. Here's a glimpse into what it's like to live in Portland and some highlights of things to do in the city: 

  • Outdoor Recreation: Portland is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, offering endless opportunities for outdoor activities. From hiking in Forest Park, one of the largest urban forests in the United States, to exploring the Columbia River Gorge and its stunning waterfalls, outdoor enthusiasts will find themselves in paradise. The nearby Mount Hood provides opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, and hiking, while the Oregon Coast is just a short drive away, offering picturesque beaches and charming coastal towns. 

  • Food and Beverage Scene: Portland is renowned for its diverse culinary scene and is often referred to as a food lover's paradise. The city is home to numerous award-winning restaurants, food carts, and farmers' markets, where you can indulge in a wide range of cuisines, from innovative farm-to-table creations to international flavors. Don't forget to explore the city's thriving craft beer and coffee culture, as Portland is known for its local breweries and specialty coffee shops. 

  • Arts and Culture: Portland boasts a vibrant arts and cultural scene with numerous galleries, theaters, and music venues. The Portland Art Museum, the Oregon Symphony, and the Portland Center Stage are just a few of the cultural institutions that offer a wide range of artistic performances and exhibitions. The city is also known for its quirky and independent spirit, showcased in its unique boutiques, vintage shops, and the famous Powell's City of Books, the largest independent bookstore in the world. 

  • Festivals and Events: Portland hosts a variety of festivals and events throughout the year, catering to diverse interests. The Portland Rose Festival, the Waterfront Blues Festival, and the Portland International Film Festival are just a few examples of the city's vibrant event calendar. Additionally, the city is home to a thriving music scene, with live performances happening in venues of all sizes every night of the week. 

  • Sustainability and Biking: Portland is renowned for its commitment to sustainability and is often recognized as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the United States. The city boasts an extensive network of bike lanes and trails, making it easy to explore the city on two wheels. Additionally, Portland's public transportation system, including light rail and streetcars, provides convenient and eco-friendly transportation options. 

Living in Portland means experiencing a balance between the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the vibrant urban lifestyle. The city's friendly and welcoming atmosphere, coupled with its emphasis on sustainability, arts, and culinary delights, creates a unique and enriching environment for both work and leisure. 

As an Allergy and Immunology fellow at OHSU, you will have the opportunity to engage in the best of both worlds – benefiting from the exceptional medical training and research opportunities while immersing yourself in the vibrant cultural scene and outdoor adventures that Portland has to offer. 

We invite you to join us at OHSU and embark on an unforgettable journey where professional growth, personal fulfillment, and the joys of city living harmoniously come together.