Internal Medicine Residency Program
The OHSU Internal Medicine Residency Program offers a learning environment that balances the personal and professional needs of our house staff. We are strongly committed to resident education, excellence in clinical care, and scholarly activities.
To develop physician leaders who heal through high-quality care, compassion, community engagement and discovery.
To provide a diverse and individualized training environment that encourages evidence-based medicine, rigorous inquiry, team-based interdisciplinary collaboration and resident wellness to ultimately provide exceptional patient care.
The Department of Medicine offers a categorical three year resident training program in Internal Medicine with an optional primary care elective track. Residents rotate through the OHSU Hospital and Clinics, the adjacent Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and various community sites. We currently have 34 positions in the PGY-1 level, and 33 positions in the PGY-2 & PGY-3 levels.
The program emphasizes academic excellence throughout the training experience, offering a learning environment that balances the personal and professional needs of our house staff. Residents divide their time among general medicine and subspecialty ward services, intensive care units, ambulatory care experiences, consultation rotations, emergency rooms and long-term care settings. The primary care track places additional emphasis on ambulatory care, behavioral medicine and geriatrics; and experiences in related areas such as gynecology, dermatology and medical orthopedics.
The Department of Medicine faculty are strongly committed to resident education, excellence in clinical care and clinical and basic science research.
For Prospective Residency Applicants
2018-19 Application Period
We will be accepting intern applications for the 2019-2020 academic year September 15 - October 1, 2018 via ERAS. We use 3rd party software (Thalamus) to manage our interview scheduling.
- Applicant Information & Resources (Interview Schedule, Application FAQ's, Program FAQ's, Travel Resources)
- People (Leadership, Current Housestaff, Recent Graduate Destinations)
- Program (Curriculum, Facilities, Primary Care, Global Health, Electives)
- Scholarship (Resident scholarly, how to and more)
- Portland & Oregon (About and information resources)
- Facts about OHSU, OHSU Healthcare by the Numbers , OHSU Awards and Recognition
We currently have no openings in our residency program (2018-19
academic year). Interns positions are filled via ERAS and the Match.
The Internal Medicine Visiting Clerkship Program for Diverse Students is sponsored by the OHSU Department of Medicine student and residency programs and the Center for Diversity & Inclusion. This program provides support, stipend, and mentoring for qualified fourth-year U.S. medical students to participate in a Department of Medicine subspecialty or Intensive Care Unit rotation.
Social Medicine Curriculum and Ambulatory Block
Healthcare and health outcomes are about far more than just access to medical care and treatments. Social determinants of health (SDoH) are crucial to these outcomes and may be the driving force for poor health and limited life expectancy. These "non-medical" factors are defined by the WHO as: "the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life" which include anything from living situation to social support networks and more. The American College of Physicians (ACP) also published a detailed position paper, "Addressing Social Determinants to Improve Patient Care and Promote Health Equity".
The residency program has recognized the importance and provided educational exposure to the SDoH for over a decade. Our Social Medicine curriculum includes an ambulatory block rotation and longitudinal learning across all three years. We aim to increase resident knowledge of the nature and extent of health disparities and health system gaps, increase sociocultural awareness of the SDoH, improve skills and attitudes towards indigent health, provide culturally responsive care for stigmatized populations, and deliver high-value care in the setting of limited resources.
The curriculum also has a strong emphasis on addiction and addiction treatment options. All interns receive buprenorphine waiver training during their ambulatory block. In the words of Dr. Andy Seaman, "These educational opportunities allow residents to build a depth of understanding of the addiction-as-a-disease model that is quite unique in residencies across the country. Given that the current opioid epidemic is the single deadliest substance-related epidemic in American history, these innovative programs are models for what should be standard curricula at IM residency programs."
As part of the ambulatory block, residents rotate through multiple sites around the Portland Metro area including several affiliated with Central City Concern (a large non profit agency serving single adults and families in the Portland metro area who are impacted by homelessness, poverty and addictions). Specific Central City Concern rotation sites include:
- Old Town Clinic. The clinic also serves as our third continuity clinic site for residents.
- The Central City Recovery Center (CCCRC) which provides multidisciplinary addiction recovery treatment
- The Community Engagement Program (CEP). Residents' time here may include several home visits with case managers to a variety of Central City Concern supportive housing facilities (including their transitional housing locations)
- Hooper Detoxification Stabilization Center (aka Hooper Detox), which provides inpatient and outpatient withdrawal management and stabilization services.
During the outpatient block, residents spend inpatient time with hospital-based addiction medicine consult service (IMPACT)—working with clinicians, social workers,and peer recovery mentors. Read more about O'Nesha Cochran, IMPACT's first peer counselor. Residents also attend an NA/AA meeting during this block as well as dedicate volunteer time such as through the Oregon Food Bank.
In addition to exposing residents to multiple care delivery sites/models and caring for patients face-to-face "where they are", the Social Medicine Curriculum provides exposure to crucial umbrella elements—including exposure to biopsychosocial, value-based, and harm reduction approaches. Dr. Andrew Seaman, faculty at OTC, has also been influential in expanding the trauma-informed care curriculum (check out his Blog Talk Radio interview). These precepted experiences are also coupled with independent learning with access to online modules on healthy equity or caring with compassion. Additionally, through experiential activities, readings, reflective writing and group discussions, residents explore and reflect on topics including professionalism, health care delivery issues, bias, and social justice.
Our Social Medicine Curriculum is an incredibly valuable and valued part of our residency program's curriculum, serving as a testament to our goal of providing and modeling patient-centered, high quality care to all our patients.
Gifts to the Thomas F. Cooney MD Endowed Fund for Excellence in Resident Education helps to support these activities.
Recent examples of support include:
Our residents thank you for your past and future support.
- Travel and housing costs for both primary care and global health rotations
- Subsidy for residents toward ACP membership
- Support of wellness-related activities
- Expenses related to evening curricular events for residents (e.g., Journal Club)
Department of Medicine
Office of Educational Programs
Mail code OP-30
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland OR 97239-3098
phone: 503 494-8530
fax: 503 494-5636