OHSU has a long-standing interest in training general surgeons to serve in rural communities. To that end, two rotations exist for senior-level residents to better prepare them for rural surgery.
Asante Three Rivers Medical Center, Grants Pass, Oregon
The first of our rural surgery rotations was established in 2003 in Grants Pass, Oregon at the Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. Each year, two residents in their clinical fourth year have the opportunity to spend twelve months in Grants Pass, working with general surgeons and gaining exposure to a wide range of surgical disease, including general, vascular, endoscopy, urology, OB/GYN and orthopedics cases. The Grants Pass community, with a population of 80,000, is located in Southern Oregon and provides residents with the experience of small town life and work as a rural surgeon. Residents continue to participate in educational activities via remote access to didactic lectures, and gain valuable operative experience, often accruing over 1,000 cases in one year.
- R-4 opportunity (12-mo rotation)
- Regional hospital – High volume
- Level 2 Trauma Center
- Diverse experience
Bay Area Hospital, Coos Bay, Oregon
In 2014, a second rotation was established at Bay Area Hospital in the coastal town of Coos Bay, Oregon. Based on the success of the Grants Pass rotation, and with growing resident interest in rural surgical training, 2 third- or fourth-year residents rotate at the Bay Area Hospital for six-month rotations; a total of four residents per year. Serving primarily the neighboring towns of Coos Bay and North Bend, with a joint population of 25,500, the hospital also serves as a referral center for the entire rural South Coast. At the Bay Area Hospital, residents gain extensive exposure to general surgery, endoscopy, minimally invasive surgery, and other surgical subspecialties.
- R-3 and R-4 opportunity (6-mo rotation)
- Small community hospital
- Coastal Oregon