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Oregon Health & Science University (School of Medicine)

One of 125 academic medical centers in the nation, OHSU is the only institution that combines healing, teaching, research and service. The School of Medicine has a nationally recognized curriculum that:

* Focuses on learning through problem-solving and hands-on experience;
* Explores a variety ways of addressing societal and behavioral issues in health care, with an emphasis on ethics and innovation
* Puts medical students in touch with patients from their first week of school, and offers the opportunity to work in a variety of medically underserved areas.
* Fosters academic excellence, research innovation and compassionate care.

The School of Medicine is divided into basic science and clinical science departments.The faculty members of the clinical departments also are clinicians and investigators, and they staff OHSU's hospitals and clinics. The school offers doctorates in medicine and philosophy (in the basic sciences);master's degrees in science, public health, and physician assistant studies. The school also offers a combined M.D./Ph.D. program, which allows a select group of students to dually prepare for careers in medicine and biomedical research.

In addition, the school offers a bachelor of science degree in the allied health disciplines of clinical laboratory science/medical technology and radiation therapy; a combined certificate and associates degree in emergency medicine technology (offered jointly with Chemeketa Community College); and a post-baccalaureate professional program that results in eligibility for licensure as a registered dietician.

A graduate certificate program recently was launched in medical informatics, a new discipline concerning the storage, sharing and use of biomedical data. Classes are delivered online.

The school has developed and implemented an innovative, nationally recognized curriculum that brings medical students closer to patients earlier than do most other schools' programs, and prepares them to be lifelong learners. Students begin working with patients their first week of school. The curriculum focuses on learning through problem solving, and seeks to better address societal and behavioral issues in health care. In addition, medical students receive a valuable part of their education (and their perspective) in a variety of medically underserved areas - a required component of their primary care training. In this way, the school is working to correct Oregon's provider distribution imbalances.

Several residency training programs offer new physicians the chance to experience the rewards of practicing in a small town. The Cascades East Family Practice Residency in Klamath Falls allows residents to complete their entire three-year program in a rural area.

The school's mission :
1. Provide programs to enhance human health, with emphasis on improving health and access to care for all Oregonians.
2. Educate tomorrow’s physicians, scientists and other health professionals and prepare them for a lifetime of learning, leadership, discovery and service.
3. Develop new medical knowledge and technologies through basic, clinical and applied research.
4. Translate discoveries into effective health care and quality delivery.

Medical education at Oregon Health & Science University places the student at the forefront of health care knowledge. As a student at OHSU's School of Medicine, you can enjoy the benefits of a faculty and staff that have earned international recognition for their achievements and commitment to excellence. The only real limits to scholastic accomplishment rest within you ... the individual student.

A fundamental concern throughout the university is to help each student to fulfill his or her potential as a human being and as a health care professional. OHSU challenges students to strive for excellence and compassion from their first days in the classroom to their final hours in the hospitals and clinics.

OHSU faculty, staff and students are united in the conviction that by working together, the opportunities and challenges of the future can be successfully met. The university has embarked on a voyage of achievement and adventure that will benefit humanity in the years to come ... join us, and build your future with Oregon Health & Science University.

The goal of the School of Medicine curriculum is to present a four year continuum that balances emphasis on the scientific basis of medicine with early clinical experience; offers progressive patient care responsibilities for students; and permit students to individualize their educational programs as well as to enhance their independent learning and problem solving skills. The sciences basic to medicine are presented in an interdisciplinary format focusing initially on the scientific principles of medicine and ultimately progressing to disease process. The medical curriculum began a revision process in 1989 and was implemented beginning in 1993.

School name:Oregon Health & Science UniversitySchool of Medicine
Address:3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd
Zip & city:OR 97239 Oregon

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School of Medicine Courses


* Transition to Medical School

* Gross Anatomy, Imaging and Embryology : Integrates: Anatomy, embryology, surface anatomy, basic radiologic imaging.

* Cell Structure & Function : Integrates: Biochemistry, basic nutrition, genetics, basic histology and cell physiology.

* Systems Processes and Homeostasis : Integrates: Physiology and pharmacology.

* Biological Basis of Disease : Integrates: Immunology, microbiology, general pathology and genetics.

* Principles of Clinical Medicine & Preceptorship : Integrates: behavioral medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics, ethics, health organization, finance, health promotion, and occupational medicine. This course provides a weekly preceptorship in the community.


* Circulation : Integrates: Pathophysiology of cardiovascular, renal and respiratory systems.

* Metabolism : Integrates: Pathophysiology of nutrition, gastrointestinal and endocrine systems.

* Neurosciences & Behavior : Integrates: Neuroanatomy, central nervous systems and psychiatry.

* Blood : Integrates: Pathophysiology of hematologic and lymphatic systems.

* Human Growth and Development : Integrates: Pathophysiology of reproductive systems focusing on development of life cycle and aging.

* Principles of Clinical Medicine & Preceptorship : Integrates: behavioral medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics, ethics, health organization, finance, health promotion, and occupational medicine. This course provides a weekly preceptorship in the community.

* Transition to Clerkships


o General Internal Medicine : Residents and attendings
are to provide an orientation of their expectations of
their third-year medicine clerks within 48 hours of
beginning their rotation. Housestaff are responsible
to teach students how to access their hospital
computer system for patient information. Students
should be provided mid-rotation feedback for
mid-course correction potential in addition to end of
rotations feedback.
Students who are not performing at an acceptable
level in any area should be informed and offered
advice immediately.

o Family Medicine : Interactive case-based learning
sessions occur weekly and are designed to allow
you the opportunity to discuss patient cases and
practice clinical reasoning skills. Each week
(except one week—see attached schedule) you will
choose one case you encountered in your Family
Medicine clinical experience.

o Pediatrics I : You are here to learn as much
pediatrics as you can during your five weeks. Take
charge of that concept. Ask residents to “teach on
the fly.” Teach each other. Keep lists of learning
issues. Create differentials at morning report and for
each pt you admit.

o Ob-Gyn : You can decide to emphasize different
aspects of the course, i.e. if you're going into
radiology you may want to concentrate on
ultrasounds, or if you're interested in cardiology you
may want to concentrate more on the way
pregnancy affects the heart or on diagnosis of
congenital heart defects. You will have opportunities
to pursue special interests in presentations among
the students and for your teams.

o Surgery I : This is a five week course in clinical
surgery. The teaching sessions are designed to
ensure completeness of coverage. Since none of
these subjects will be entirely new to you, the
instructors will provide opportunities to answer
questions that may have arisen in earlier courses or
in your reading.

o Psychiatry

o Rural Primary Care


* Surgery II
* Pediatrics II
* Neurology
* Subinternship or ICU
* Electives
* Transition to Residency

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