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The Hood River Rural Residency has a very well developed didactic and scholarly set of offerings for our residents, faculty and community physicians. The sessions are in Hood River and have pivoted to small groups to maintain social distancing during Covid and virtual platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams. The enthusiasm for teaching and learning has not been dampened by the pandemic and we are fortunate that our residents and local physicians contribute to each other’s education. We have several weekly teaching sessions that are complemented by an independent study resource and modules.

The Didactic and Educational seminars held in both Hood River are organized weekly in the following format:

  1. “White Board Monday” – weekly lunchtime interactive “white board”, patient centered and case based discussions with our primary care and specialty colleagues. These rotate each week and include Surgery, Obstetric and Perinatal, Global Health, Behavioral Health and Psychiatry, Orthopedics, Rheumatology, Adventures in Primary Care to name a few. During the Covid-19 pandemic these remain well attended but are presented using video conferencing with Microsoft Teams,
  2. “Rotating Tuesday’s” lunch time conferences rotate weekly through a carousel of Hospital Based CME and Case Presentation, Ethics Case Conferences, Behavioral Health Collaborative Patient Care Conferences with our Mental Health Agency Center for Living, Community Advocacy Collaborative with our Health and Active Hood River County Coalition, Hospital Medical Staff Meetings.
  3. Wednesday Afternoons: The second and 4th Wednesday afternoons are blocked for resident education, wellness and advising sessions.
  • 2nd Wednesdays of the month feature two different Procedure or Case Based Learning Modules followed by an early evening journal club. We typically rotate through a series of hands on procedural training workshops in the following areas: Obstetrical Procedures (Vacuum, management of Shoulder dystocia, postpartum hemorrhage, and cesarean deliveries), Dermatology Procedures and Dermoscopy, Colposcopy, Contraception and LARC placement, Office Gynecology Procedures, Musculoskeletal Techniques (joint injections, casting), Ultrasounds (Obstetric and Musculo-skeletal), Wilderness Medicine and transport. Case based learning usually rotates through seminars that are resident driven in subjects from Congestive Heart Failure to Liver Disease and Well Child exams and Integrative medicine.
  • 4th Wednesdays are set aside for Research and Continuous Quality Improvement, Resident Advising, Program Director Office Hours, Resident support group facilitated by non-faculty mental health professionals, and resident directed group wellness activities.

4. Thursday 1 pm conferences at One Community Health are led by one of our core faculty members, Kate McKenna. These session are interdisciplinary and promote teamwork and improving our knowledge base and workflow. Residents, Faculty, Nurses, Dentists and staff members participate and teach during these sessions were lunch is provided. These sessions are currently being presented using the Zoom account at One Community Health. We always will have a joint Resident and Faculty Meeting on the 4th Thursday on each month in this time slot.


Residents doing Wildness Medicine simulation in Laurelhurst Park

residents practicing

Residents practicing pediatric codes and Ob emergency drills at the Providence Portland Sim Lab