Resident Life


OHSU residents receive the following benefits:

  • Three weeks of annual paid vacation
  • UniversityFlex package which gives residents the freedom to choose from a variety of medical, dental, disability and life insurance options.
  • Retirement plan
  • Lab coats, business cards, pagers, long-distance authorization codes and scrubs

Living in Portland

Portland, OR
The OHSU campus sits high on a hilltop overlooking the city of Portland and is connected by the Portland Aerial Tram to the clinical offices within the Center for Health & Healing (CHH) at the South Waterfront. The Department of Dermatology clinics and administrative offices are located on the 16th floor (top floor) and its surgical clinic is on the 5th floor of the CHH. From the windows of the department you can see downtown Portland with the Willamette River winding through the city, Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and on clear days, Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams. With a population of just under a million and a half, the Portland metropolitan area is a city full of culture and commerce: museums and galleries, a thriving theater and music community, an excellent mass transit system, a NBA basketball team, and a wide variety of shops and restaurants. Portland contains 7,500 acres of parkland in 160 locations, including Forest Park, the largest urban wilderness within any U.S. city.

Opportunities for outdoor recreation abound. Nearby rivers and lakes invite swimming, fishing, sailing and other water sports. Mt. Hood has a year-round ski area and is only an hour's drive away. The beautiful Oregon coast can be reached in about 90 minutes. Oregon is famous for its varied terrain of rivers, lakes, desert, national forests and parks.

Oregon's climate ranges from cool in the forests of the Cascade Mountains to arid in Eastern Oregon's deserts. Temperatures in Portland average a mild 72 degrees in summer and 42 degrees in winter.


Parking & Transportation

Parking is limited on the university grounds. A space, however, is always assured for every resident. Parking is available at a reduced cost for residents and can be automatically deducted on a pre-tax basis from paychecks. Alternatively, TriMet passes for Portland-area bus and MAX light-rail services are provided at substantially reduced prices by OHSU. These passes can be used for all Portland-Metro transit service, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

OHSU Policies

Read about specific OHSU residency program policies at the Office of Graduate Medical Education.