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.

About Us

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.

Prospective Residency Applicants

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.

We currently have no openings in our residency program (2018-19 academic year). Interns positions are filled via ERAS and the Match.

Visiting Clerkship for Diverse Students

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.

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OHSUIMRES News-You-Can-Use

Getting Intense with Intern Intensive Week

What do mock codes, Pokémon, and mannequins have in common? That's a bit like asking what dynamic hands-on learning, creative problem-solving challenges, and community-building three months after intern orientation have in common. The answer is: Intern Intensive Week.

This September's Intern Intensive Week marks our FIFTH annual event. The Intern Intensive originated from the joint goals of utilizing OHSU's Simulation Center, Dr. Renee Dversdal's concurrent expanding expertise in provider-performed ultrasound, and addressing curricular holes identified by key stakeholders. The first week-long, immersive training session premiered in September 2014, and has become a significant focal point of the intern year. Interns are removed from clinical services for the week, while senior residents cover those services. The emphasis on learning in the simulation environment permits interns to practice working through high-acuity situations in a low-stakes environment.

Current topics include procedure practice (including thoracentesis, paracentesis, central lines, LPs plus ventilator management), "on call" emergencies, difficult discussion/communication skills utilizing standardized patients, electronic health record efficiency, and point-of-care ultrasound. In 2016, the Chief Residents created a Pokemon-Go-esque competition for maximizing Electronic Health Record (EHR) efficiency. 

As Dr. Dversdal moved to other endeavors, Dr. Joe Chiovaro, associate program director of the residency program, took over as lead for the intern intensive program and has been instrumental in adding new components including an interdisciplinary approach to on call cases. The program has grown to include nursing instructors and respiratory therapists. These team members increase the fidelity of the training and emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to patient care. Additionally, none of this would be possible without the support of the many faculty, fellows, residents and standardized patients who make this simulation a reality.

To quote current Chief Resident, Dr. Curtis Lachowiez, "These simulations early in our training increased our exposure to scenarios which add a basic foundation and approach to our skill set as young physicians. I still carry with me to this day. "

Dr. Dversdal et al have already succeeded in one publication based on the results of this curricular innovation, focusing on the point-of-care ultrasound training: "Teaching the internist to see: effectiveness of a 1-day workshop in bedside
ultrasound for internal medicine residents
". The Intensive was also the subject of an award winning innovations poster at the NW Regional SGIM meeting in 2015: "Creatingan Intensive Learning Experience for Residents Using Active Educational Techniques. " We hope to see more medical education publications in thefuture!

Give to the OHSU IM Residency Program

The OHSU Internal Medicine Residency Program strengthens housestaff excellence by encouraging involvement in scholarly activities, professional organizations, research and more. 

Gifts to the Thomas F. Cooney MD Endowed Fund for Excellence in Resident Education helps to support these activities. 

Recent examples of support include:

  • 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)
Our residents thank you for your past and future support.

Contact Us

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

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