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What Makes Us Special

Balanced support for all paths

  • General medicine - Our rich continuity clinic experience with a diverse patient population has successfully led our graduates to practice in different primary care models, home care, and geriatrics.
  • Hospitalists - Our graduates have become hospitalists in multiple different systems, from small rural centers, where they may be the only internist on-site, to large urban centers, collaborating with many different subspecialties.
  • Subspecialty - Our residents are successful in obtaining fellowship in multiple specialties, pursuing careers in clinical practice, academics, and research. Many have stayed in Portland or returned after their fellowship training.
  • Global Health - Our graduates have taken paths leading to different countries, most recently in Peru, Malawi, and Haiti. Our residency supports a yearly educational exchange with a teaching hospital in Uganda.
  • Leadership - Many of our graduates take roles as medical directors of their clinics, hospitalist groups, or quality departments, as well as leadership roles with regional and national organizations.
  • Educators - The culture of learning and teaching inspires our residents to seek careers that include teaching, whether it be a formal faculty role or precepting with medical students.


Our core faculty’s principal focus is on our residents.

  • Low resident to faculty ratio - We have 13 core faculty and 13 part-time faculty in addition to our many volunteer faculty for our 31 residents—an exceptionally rich commitment.
  • Structured mentorship - Each resident is assigned a faculty advisor throughout their residency. Residents may opt into a second mentorship experience to focus on specific areas of growth such as efficiency in patient care or preparing for the Boards.
  • Informal mentorship - As the sole residency at our institution, our residents work directly with the faculty 1:1 on the wards, in the clinic and on subspecialties. This provides many chances to personally know the academic faculty who, in turn, can assist you in achieving your educational and career goals.
  • Career planning - We provide an ongoing structured curriculum to help residents along their career decision process. We provide multiple avenues for mentorship with fellowship applications, CV development, and interviewing skills.
  • Personal and professional growth curriculum - Residents learn skills in maintaining wellness and resiliency both during residency and beyond.


Special curricular features that will uniquely enhance your education.

  • Unique progressive responsibility structure on the wards. R2s spend their initial rotations working 1:1 with a hospitalist, without supervising an intern. This allows them to focus on their own learning and management of their patients. They progress to teams with 1 intern, then by R3 year progress to 2-intern teams and managing close to a hospitalist census.
  • Procedure rotation with extensive opportunities for procedures during critical care rotations.
  • Week-long theme-based small group noon conferences.
  • Ambulatory curriculum with experiential, hands-on learning labs and academic half-days during integrated ambulatory rotations.
  • Longitudinal quality improvement and evidence-based medicine curriculum.
  • Strong focus on wellness and resiliency, with longitudinal curriculum, special class-specific retreats and additional resources.
  • Collaborative learning opportunities with faculty mentors including shared-practice clinic experiences.
  • Residents as Teachers special certificate program for residents dedicated to enhancing their teaching skills.
  • Support for scholarly activity with opportunities for presentations at regional and national meetings.
  • Personal and professional growth curriculum.