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Oregon Governor's Newsletter July 2018

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Marianne C. Parshley, MD, MACP, ACP Governor

Marianne C. Parshley, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Governor's Message

Greetings from the Camino de Santiago (Northern Spain),

How often do we physicians take extended time to truly disconnect and reflect? I know I haven't often in my career, especially during the early years while raising a family. I highly recommend this for patients, colleagues, and friends. Taking self-care time away periodically has not been part of in my/our professional culture, even during major life transitions.

This June, in the spirit of #PhysicianWellBeing, discernment and self-care, I have been blessed by a gift of time. I, along with some of my family, are in the midst of walking much of the thousand + year old 700 km pilgrimage route between Pamplona and Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Taking the time out to clear the mind, disconnect from social media (even #HCSM), contemplate life and profession, while walking day by day has been wonderful and challenging, as well as an orthopedic/sports medicine primary care learning experience. Pilgrims form a moving community connecting for a few minutes, a few days, or even off and on over 4-6 weeks. Stories abound.

In fact, despite the best of intentions to leave medicine behind, being physicians is a part of who we are, and myself and new found colleagues along the path, including two chiropractors, have been (informally) consulted of an evening at dinner and in the hostels on pilgrim ailments, primarily the care and prevention of blisters, tendonitis, iliotibial band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, trochanteric bursitis, exertional lower extremity compartment syndrome (never heard of that before!), osteoarthritis flares, allergies, sun burns and musculoskeletal low back pain (carrying too much in a pack). UpToDate has come in handy. Interestingly, though a generalization based on a non-random sample, while Americans often want to know what medications they should obtain and take from the pharmacies (a broader array available here without prescription), the Europeans seem to rely instead on homeopathic and herbal medicines such as Turmeric top supplement yoga, physical therapy and massage. Most common recommendations are also metaphors for a life in medicine.

Mindfulness first. Take a rest day. Mail some stuff ahead to lighten the load. Don't push through pain and exhaustion but listen to your spirit and body. Invest in better fitting footwear and equipment. After all that, we talk about therapies, medications and kinesiotape.

That's a long winded segue into our newly trained Wellness Champions, Sarah Carter MD, heading to the Walla Walla/ Milton-Freewater area after completing her chief resident year at PPMC and Mary Gearn, MD, FACP hospice and palliative physician in Portland. They are joined by Allison Abraham, DO, who has been leading the Well-Being programs at Legacy in Portland. Each of them has a story about their pathway to becoming involved in these programs. They form the core of our new Chapter Well-Being Committee. You will be be hearing more from them soon.

The Oregon Chapter celebrated two special recognitions at the Spring Board of Governors meeting in New Orleans in April. Read further in this newsletter about both of these recognitions.

First - our recommendation for the namesake of a new national ACP award for promoting, mentoring and advancing the career of women in medicine was selected from a competitive list. You will be heading more about the Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell award. If you have an internist in mind who meets the criteria for this new ACP Award, let Mary Olhausen or Anne Hirsch, MD, FACP, Chair of our Awards Committee, or myself know. You can visit here to find out more about this new award.

Second, we received a prestigious John Tooker Evergreen Award for our innovative Abstracts 101-Scholarly Projects Medical Students. Only eight of these national awards were given this year. Our Oregon program was started and headed by Avi O’Glasser, MD, FACP, and the nomination required an immense amount of work by Avi and our Executive Director, Mary Olhausen, so my thanks to both of them.

Finally, if you are interested in getting more involved in chapter activities or committees, I would love to make you aware of a new link to a “Volunteer Interest” Form on our Chapter website hosted at You can find it here. Or more traditionally, you can contact Mary Olhausen or myself by email.


Paz and Buen Camino,




Chapter Social Media

Find us on Twitter and Facebook!


FACEBOOK: Oregon ACP Chapter.

Twitter for chapter related news, including highlights of policy and advocacy work at the National ACP level, as well as photos of chapter activities and news about chapter members.

Facebook for private group: Oregon ACP Chapter



Communications Committee

Meet our new Communications Chair, Avi O’Glasser, MD, FACP

Hello Oregon ACP Colleagues,

Did you know that “social media” is defined as a digital means to share, participate, and connect? However, we recognize that social media is not, and should not be, the only means by which the Chapter communicates with its members. As a Chapter, we decided to dive into uncharted territories in the past year. We created our Twitter account (@OregonACP) in March 2017 and our Facebook group in July 2017. Marianne Parshley appointed me the Chapter's inaugural Communications Chair in recent months, and we have been working to craft a mission for an anticipated Communications Committee. Please now consider becoming an inaugural member of our Communications Committee.

ACP has continued its tradition of advocacy for patients and physicians in the past year (if you're curious, see Dr. Bob Doherty's blog post: Communication with members and the public audience through social media has been a large part of these ongoing efforts.

My goal for the Communications Committee is to address all current means of communication—snail mail, traditional email, chapter website, Facebook, and Twitter. Whether you are a skeptic or an early adopter of evolving means of communication, we welcome and value your input. We are aiming to have representation from early, mid, and late- career physicians as well as residents and students on the Committee. Please email Mary Olhausen () if you are interested in participating.


Avital O’Glasser, MD, FACP – Chair, Oregon Chapter Communications Committee



Resident & Medical Student Competition

Doctor's Dilemma Competition

Internal Medicine Meeting 2018 – New Orleans, LA

Congratulations!! To our residents and students who participated in the 2018 National ACP Competition and To our Oregon Doctor's Dilemma Team

Resident - Clinical Vignettes POSTER:

Jessica Dreicer, MD (OHSU) - Let's Not be Rash
Elise Larson, MD (OHSU) - Antipsychotic-Induced Hypothermia
Angela Gibbs, MD (Providence St. Vincent) Cocaine-Induced Brugada Syndrome

Resident - Quality Improve/Patient Safety POSTER:

Benjamin Pedroja, MD (Providence-Portland) – Implementation Of A Delirium Prevention Program–Barriers And Successes
Hayden Oldham, MD (OHSU) - A Breath Of Fresh Care: Increasing Referrals For Pulmonary Rehab After Admission For Acute Exacerbation of COPD

Resident - Clinical Research POSTER:

Kathryn Hendrickson, MD (Providence St. Vincent) - An Investigative Biofire Sputum Film Array PCR Panel Improves Rapid Diagnostics In Patients Hospitalized With Community Acquired Pneumonia

Student - Clinical Vignette POSTER:

Emily Ager (OHSU) - Bullous Pemphigoid & Bloody Bowel Movements
Minhazur Sarker (OHSU) - Rhabdomyolysis Triggered By Acute Hemolysis In A G6PD Deficient Patient
Claire Groth (OHSU) - Puzzling Purpura - Is Vitamin C The Missing Piece?
Antonious Hazim (OHSU) - A New Murmur In A Transplanted Heart
Lauren Wessler (OHSU) - The Perils Of Elimination: A Case Of Lactation Ketoacidosis In A Non-Diabetic Postpartum Woman

Student - Basic Research POSTER:

James Stanek (Western COMP) - Morpholino Probes For Rapid Pathogen Detection

Student - Clinical Research POSTER (WON 1ST PLACE AT NATIONAL):

Talitha Wilson (OHSU) - Understanding Barriers And Facilitators To A Medically Enhanced Residential Treatment (MERT) Model Integrating Intravenous Antibiotics And Residential Addiction Treatment

Student - Quality Improve/Patient Safety POSTER:

Katherine Runkel (OHSU) - Hospitalist Perceptions Of Fall Prevention: A Comparison Of Two Healthcare Systems


Caption: Medical Students at IM 2018 in New Orleans, LA

And a Shout Out to our Oregon Residents Doctor's Dilemma Team!!

Rebecca Corley, DO and Patricia Funk, DO – Legacy Health System
Katy Wunderle, MD and Kimberly Chesteen, MD – Oregon Health & Science University

It's a tough game at the national level, so while our team did not make it to finals, they enjoyed the opportunity to represent Oregon and partake in this national competition.



Nominate Your Colleagues


The Oregon Chapter ACP Awards Committee is soliciting nominations for Chapter Awards

Please nominate ACP members or colleagues, deserving of recognition for their excellence and distinguished contributions. Please take a few minutes to recommend them now. Awards will be presented at the Oregon ACP Chapter Scientific Meeting in Salem, OR, November 8-10, 2018.

Please Submit Names by August 1, 2018

Howard P. Lewis Distinguished Teacher Awardrecognizes outstanding achievements in teaching. Nominees have been internists though not necessarily members of ACP.

Howard P. Lewis Distinguished Service Awardrecognizes outstanding achievement in service.

Nominees have been neither internists nor physicians and the service for which they were recognized was not necessarily related to the Chapter or ACP directly.

Laureate Awardrecognizes those who have demonstrated an abiding commitment to excellence over an extended period of time and have served with distinction in some clearly definable manner.

Nominees must be a Fellow or Master in ACP.

Outstanding Early Career Physician Award – recognizes outstanding clinical skills in internal medicine, highly respected by peers, and role model in the community.

Nominees can be no more than 16 years out from medical school graduation and must be either Members or Fellows of ACP.

Please identify nominees for specific awards and include a brief background/biosketch regarding the candidate's qualifications. Please forward your nominations to:

Anne Hirsch, MD, FACP - Chair, Awards Committee – or Mary Olhausen, Chapter Executive Director –

(Note: Oregon Chapter Awards Recipient Can Be Found on our Chapter Website. Click Here!

Thank you very much for your support of the Chapter and your colleagues.

Ann Hirsch, MD, FACP - Oregon Chapter ACP Awards Committee Chair



ACP Oregon Chapter – 2018 Scientific Meeting



The Oregon Chapter Scientific Meeting will be held November 8-10, at Salem Convention Center, Salem, OR. You can make your room reservations now by calling The Grand Hotel at 1-877-540-7800. Please mention the ACP meeting when making room reservations. The Chapter Meeting showcases Resident & Medical Student Posters and Resident Oral Presentations on Thursday evening. Two full days of scientific presentations on Friday and Saturday. Enjoy networking at our annual Friday evening Chapter Reception & Trivia Game. And don't forget the Annual The Infectious Diseases Society of Oregon - Annual Meeting will be held November 8th, at Salem Convention Center, Salem, OR.



Oregon Chapter Members Chosen for ACP National Committee Appointments

Our Oregon Chapter is going to be well represented at the national level in the College as we have a robust number of members selected to serve on national committees. These positions are quite competitive, and do much of the substantive work of ACP, so we are proud that we are so well represented. Here is a brief list:

Thomas Cooney, MD, MACP: Former Governor, Member Board of Regents and Health & Public Policy Committee (in aspirin to the BOG, one of the two major committees making policy recommendations to the Board of Regents for College).

Renee Dversdal, MD, FACP: Member Clinical Skills Committee and a new Master Clinician Workgroup.

Linda Humphrey, MD, MACP: Former Governor, Chair of High Value Care Committee, and Member Clinical Guidelines Committee.

Devan Kansagara, MD, FACP: Vice Chair of Clinical Guidelines Committee, and Member High Value Care Committee.

Jennifer Linn, MD, FACP: Member Clinical Guidelines Committee.

Avital O’Glasser, MD, FACP: Member Council Early Career Physicians, Medical Informatics Committee, and Volunteerism Committee.

Adam Obley, MD: Member High Value Care Committee.

Marianne Parshley, MD, FACP: Member Chapter's Subcommittee and Medical Practice & Quality Committee (the other major policy making committee for the College).



New Fellows and Master of the College

Congratulations to our new Fellows and Master of the College - elected for their contributions to internal medicine and their service to community and patients.


Caption: Fellows at Convocation Ceremony at IM 2018 in New Orleans, LA


Deborah Alexander, MD, FACP
Meera Jain, MD, FACP
Diane Karl, MD, FACP
Janice Miller, MD, FACP
Peter Sullivan, MD, FACP


Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD, MACP




ACP Leadership Day

MAY 2018 – Washington DC


It has not been long since ACP's Leadership Day in Washington DC, which brings together members from all over the 50 States to learn the skills of advocacy, get educated on the development of policy in the College, and to meet with their Congressional delegations, in order to foster relationships between our Senators and Representatives and physicians in Internal Medicine. It is these relationships which are the foundation of the advocacy work ACP is doing to reduce administrative burdens on physicians, to support medical education and residency trainings, and to protect and care for our patients.

Our Oregon delegation ranged from medical students and early career physicians to seasoned internists representing a variety of practice settings, which made for lively discussions and interactions with our legislators.

This year we were able to meet and thank our Congressional delegation for its work on long term reauthorization of Children's Health Insurance Program which covers children of low income working families, passage of significant bills to address the opioid crisis, and support for work by regulatory agencies to reduce the regulatory and administrative burdens on physicians. We were able to find common ground on something in each office, as well as discussing issues including strengthening and maintain coverage for all Oregonians, continuing the essential health programs, funding and reauthorizing programs to address the opiate crisis including addiction & mental health treatment, lowering prescription drug costs, strengthening and improving GME and reducing firearm related injuries (highest of which are suicides in Oregon).

Thanks to our 2018 Leadership Day Oregon delegation for their work:

Ana Brar MS3, Emily Lane MS1, Audrey Tran MS1, Laura Holton, MD, Katie Iossi, MD, Adam Obley, MD (chair of our Health & Public Policy Committee), Jim Gajewski, MD, MACP, and Tom Cooney, MD, MACP (former Chair of Board of Governors).

If you are interested in learning more about participating in our Chapter HPP Committee or it's outreach, please contact Adam Obley, Mary Olhausen, or Marianne. Or use the Volunteer Link on our Web page.

Comments from Laura Holton, MD –

As always, ACP Leadership Day was incredibly insightful. Meeting with congressional staff, representatives, and senators provides direct insight into issues that impact all physicians and patients outside of what is easily obtained from mainstream sources. Hearing their passion and commitment to bettering the lives of both their constituents and all Americans reminds us that despite the current divisive political climate, we can continue to work towards the common good. We as physicians play a crucial role to inform our congressional leaders of both the challenges and successes we face on a daily basis. It's a privilege to work on behalf of our patients and colleagues through the ACP, I would encourage all of us to become more involved whenever the opportunity presents.



Oregon Chapter Health Policy Committee

“Greetings from the Health and Public Policy committee of the Oregon chapter. First and foremost, I'm proud of the delegation that our chapter sent to ACP Leadership Day in May. Our delegation met with every Oregon congressional office to support ACP's 2018 policy priorities. This year, our delegation addressed several issues with our elected representatives including stabilizing the individual insurance market, funding solutions to stem the opioid epidemic, reforming graduate medical education, reducing burdensome low-value administrative tasks for physicians, lowering the price of prescription drugs, and addressing the public health crisis of firearms-related injuries and deaths. A primer on the ACP policy priorities for 2018 can be found at I'm especially proud that our Oregon delegation included two first year medical students who took time off from their coursework to learn about and practice physician advocacy!

In terms of recent developments on the national health policy front, the most important legislation to pass thus far this session was the six-year extension of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Funding for this program, which provides health insurance for more than 9 million children, had expired in the fall of 2017. The new funding package approved in January extends the program for six year and also protects the enhanced federal match rate that was established by the Affordable Care Act.

On the state front, Oregon learned in February that it had been awarded a $54 million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to establish a re-insurance program that is intended to help stabilize the individual market in Oregon and stem the tide of rising premiums for individuals buying insurance on the exchange.

Though it was a short session, Oregon ACP tracked and weighed-in on several pieces of legislation including one bill that creates a state maternal morbidity and mortality review committee.

We expect that a major focus of the 2019 session will be further efforts to shore up funding for the Oregon Medicaid program. We are planning to collaborate the OMA to sponsor an ACP Day in Salem during the 2019 legislative session when internists from around the state can gather to make their voices heard. We will keep you up-to-date as the planning progresses and I hope to see you there in early 2019.

As always, I'm happy to hear from any chapter member who has questions, concerns, or thoughts about ongoing federal and state health policy issues, so don't hesitate to reach out to me directly at

Best wishes for an enjoyable Oregon Summer!”

Let me know if anyone has questions, concerns, or additions. Thanks,

Adam Obley, MD – Chair, Oregon Chapter Health Policy Committee



Oregon Chapter Honored – John Tooker Evergreen Award


Caption: Avi O’Glasser, MD, FACP with Mary Olhausen

The ACP national John Tooker Evergreen Awards Program provides recognition and visibility to Chapters that have successfully implemented programs to increase membership and member involvement, improve communication and chapter management, enhance diversity, and foster careers in internal medicine.

Oregon was one of eight chapters to win this year! Winners were awarded and recognized at the 2018 Internal Medicine Meeting in New Orleans. Our entry was Abstracts 101–Scholarly Projects for Medical Students. In response to medical students expressing interest in receiving guidance about scholarly projects, the Oregon Chapter created a program to inform and empower medical students to pursue and complete scholarly projects, particularly clinical vignettes, research abstracts, and poster presentations. ACP national felt this was an outstanding initiative that demonstrates a powerful way that ACP chapters can be active at the local level and for engaging medical students in ACP activities by promoting scholarship and mentoring. The Chapter is awarded $500 and these funds will be used to support medical student activities.

Our Oregon Student Internal Medicine Interest Groups (IMIG), at both Western University of Health Sciences, COMP-Northwest in Lebanon and Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, will hold the annual Abstracts 101 event this Fall. Avital O’Glasser, MD, FACP is our faculty leader for medical student activities and she developed Abstracts 101. Avi has been working with our IMIG's for several years and continues to help students identify and pursue scholarly activities - a program she is passionate about!



Award – Advancing Careers of Women in Medicine Named in Honor of Blackwell Sisters

National ACP put out the plea for a Namesake for their new award - ACP Award For Outstanding Contributions To Advancing The Careers Of Women In Medicine. Oregon Chapter submitted this namesake and at the recent 2018 Internal Medicine Meeting, held in New Orleans, our nomination was chosen! Read on to find out how the Blackwell Sisters stand for honoring the very beginning of women excelling in the field of medicine!


Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910) and Emily Blackwell (1826-1910) were two sisters in the 19th century, both of whom received degrees in medicine — incredibly rare at the time. On January 23, 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman in the United States to earn a medical degree, graduating first in her class, from Geneva College. In 1854, Emily Blackwell was the third woman in the United States to earn a medical degree, graduating from Western Reserve University (Case Western Reserve University). Both sisters pursued careers in obstetrics & gynecology.

Both Elizabeth and Emily demonstrated high levels of courage and determination as was required to acquire medical degrees, in a time when women were regarded as second-class citizens. In 1857 the sisters opened the New York City Infirmary For Women & Children. They trained nurses for Union hospitals during the Civil War and provided work for female physicians. In 1868 they expanded this infirmary to include a medical college for women. By the turn of the century, they had trained hundreds of women doctors. The sisters also expanded the scope of their efforts by launching the first in-home medical social work program in the United States, visiting the poor where they lived to offer basic health care and lessons in proper sanitation.


Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell helped found the National Health Society and published several books, including Medicine as a Profession for Women and Address on the Medical Education of Women, as well as an autobiography in 1895, Pioneer Work in Opening the Medical Profession to Women.

I do not wish to give [women] a first place, still less a second one–but the most complete freedom, to take their true place whatever it may be,” asserted pioneer physician Elizabeth Blackwell, in a spirited response to a suggestion by Lady Noel Byron (1792-1860) that women doctors should assume a secondary position in the medical profession. Blackwell took umbrage at Byron's “fatal error” of ranking human beings according to sex instead of character.”


Dr. Emily Blackwell made significant contributions of her own to the world of medicine and medical education. Those who knew and worked with her described her as a superb practitioner and an inspirational teacher. The high professional standards Blackwell set for herself and her students were in large part responsible for opening the medical field to women and convincing an often skeptical-and sometimes hostile-public to accept the idea of female physicians. Also, during the 1870s, having finally gained confidence in her abilities as both a physician and a hospital administrator, she became more visibly active in the growing social reform movement, where she tackled issues such as prostitution, sex education, and alcohol abuse. Under Emily's direction, the infirmary and medical school flourished. In 1893, the study program for physicians expanded from three to four years. A year later, a comprehensive training course for nurses was established. In 1899, after Cornell University Medical College began accepting female students on an equal basis with men, Emily knew the day had come when there was no longer a need for a women-only medical school, so she arranged for the transfer of her students to Cornell, then retired from the practice of medicine. By carrying on the work that she and Elizabeth had begun together, Emily Blackwell helped pave the way for countless other women who were interested in pursuing professional careers in the field of medicine.

While the Blackwell Sisters were not members of ACP, nor did they pursue Internal Medicine, the Oregon Chapter, nonetheless, feels they are very deserving as the namesake for this new ACP award!!

The Blackwell Sisters stand as a constant reminder of the hard work, determination, leadership, and contributions made by women in advancing careers of women in medicine. In the 1800's, in a time when women were regarded as second-class citizens, both Elizabeth and Emily pursued medical degrees and trained our earliest female physicians, paving the way for women interested in pursuing professional careers in the field of medicine. Their professional standards helped for opening the medical field to women, and acceptance of female physicians. The Blackwell Sisters promoted a sisterhood between women in the field of medicine. Oregon Chapter recognizes that since the inception of ACP in 1915, we've come a long way in building and improving policies for gender minorities. Our list of ACP outstanding women physicians, though not inclusive, brings to mind our ACP females that have demonstrated excellent leadership skills and been the “first female” in ACP. They are examples of sisterhood in supporting women in medicine – helping to continue to break down the barriers and glass ceilings that still exist. We are proud of them for their accomplishments and helping ACP grow and prosper, and we'll be proud of all ACP women physicians named as recipients of the ACP Award For Outstanding Contributions To Advancing The Careers Of Women In Medicine!!

1920: First three females elected to Fellowship.
1972: Helen Taussig, MD, MACP – 1st female Master.
1976: Harriet Dustan, MD, MACP – 2nd female Master.
1979: Harriet Dustan, MD, MACP – 1st female member Board of Regents.
1984: Helen Smits, MD, MACP – Chair Subcommittee On Women Physicians.
1985: Women make up 5.2% of total College membership.
1986: Women's Networking Luncheon begins at Annual Meeting.
1989: Linda Hawes-Clever, MD, MACP – 1st female Governor.
1989-1990: Linda Hawes-Clever, MD, MACP – 1st female Chair Board of Governors.
1996-1997: Christine Cassel, MD, MACP – 1st female President.
2000-2001: Donna Sweet, MD, MACP – 2nd female Chair Board of Governors.
2000-2001: Sandra Admson-Fryhofer, MD, MACP – 2nd female President.
2001-2002: Lynn Kirk, MD, MACP – 3rd female Chair Board of Governors.
2002-2003: Sara Walker, MD, MACP – 3rd female President.
2003-2004: Mary Herald, MD, MACP – 1st female Chair of Board of Regents.
2005-2006: Donna Sweet, MD, MACP – 2nd female Chair of Board of Regents.
2006-2007: Lynn Kirk, MD, MACP – 4th female President.
2009-2010: Molly Cooke, MD, MACP – 4th female Chair Board of Governors.
2011-2012: Virginia Hood, MBBS, MACP – 5th female President.
2012-2013: Phyllis Guze, MD, MACP – 3rd female Chair of Board of Regents.
2013-2014: Women make up 35% of College Governors.
2013-2014: Molly Cooke, MD, MACP – 6th female President.
2015-2016: Tanveer Mir, MD, MACP – 4th female Chair of Board of Regents.
2013-2014: Susan Thompson-Hingle, MD, FACP – 5th female Chair Board of Governors.
2014-2015: Darilyn Moyer, MD, FACP – 6th female Chair Board of Governors.
2016-present: Darilyn Moyer, MD, FACP – 1st female Executive Vice President.
2017: Women make up 37% of total College membership.



American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) – Membership for ACP Members

ACP is an affiliate member organization of the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA).

As such, all ACP members can join AMWA as an affiliate member for free. We encourage you to take advantage of this valuable ACP member benefit.

ACP is pleased to be the first organization to offer members AMWA Affiliate Member status. This AMWA program will help to create a network of women physician leaders. Benefits of AMWA Affiliate Membership include access to AMWA publications, opportunities to gain national leadership experience on one of AMWA's committees, networking, mentoring, and special discounts to AMWA local and national events. AMWA is thrilled that ACP recognizes the importance of supporting the career development of women physicians and health professionals. This affiliate member program will foster additional opportunities for ACP members through mentorship, leadership development, and networking for women physicians.

The American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) is an organization that functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women's health. Founded in 1915, AMWA is the oldest multi-specialty organization of women in medicine. AMWA's programs help provide leadership, advocacy, education, mentoring and strategic alliances. As the vision and voice of women in medicine for nearly a century, AMWA empowers women to lead in improving health for all, within a model that reflects the unique perspective of women. Follow AMWA on Twitter and Facebook.




OMA Announces Award Program – Nominate Your Colleagues

Oregon Medical Association (OMA) invites you to nominate a deserving colleague for their OMA awards program. A great way to honor those deserving of recognition and to showcase the incredible commitment and accomplishments of our professional community. They welcome self-nominations, too. You do NOT have to be a member of OMA to nominate, nor do award submissions need to be members of OMA. Individuals should have demonstrated exemplary leadership, innovation and commitment to the practice of medicine, care of patients and engagement in civic life. This year, you may submit your nomination via email or click on the link below to take a survey. Descriptions of the awards are below.

Doctor-Citizen Award

This award began in 1957 and recognizes the powerful impact a physician can have on our quality of life. It honors a physician who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to improve lives of his or her patients, to advance the practice of medicine, and to strengthen the communities in which they live and serve, and has generously donated their time to community activities, and has tirelessly worked to further the art and science of medicine.

PA-Citizen Award

This new award honors physician assistants. Recognition for generously donating their time to community activities and who exemplifies the highest values of a patient-centered, team-based medical practice, contributed outstanding volunteer service to their local community, and someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in the practice of medicine, in the caring of patients, as a collaborative partner of a clinical team and as a champion in advancing professional opportunities for physician assistants.

George E. Miller Patient Safety Award

This award, named after George E. Miller, MD, a pediatrician who epitomized compassionate care and service to his community, recognizes someone who has provided:

  • Leadership in promoting and implementing safe patient care
  • Innovation in patient safety and quality
  • Commitment to significant and sustainable improvements in patient care

This award recognizes a physician, healthcare provider, healthcare professional or community member who has given exemplary leadership, innovation and commitment to patient safety.

Nomination Process and Deadline

To nominate a candidate, please click on this link:

Or, send an email to In your nomination, please include the following information:

  • Your name and phone number.
  • Name and contact information of the nominee.
  • A bio, resume or curriculum vitae of the nominee.
  • Please explain why your nominee is deserving of the award they are being nominated for. Specific examples of professional and civic accomplishments will assist the selection committee in identifying the award recipient.

Nominations are due by Friday, August 31, 2018. The award recipients will be honored at the OMA Annual Conference on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel. Questions: Kris Bilderback, Executive Assistant to the CEO, at Additional information can be found at this website:



Upcoming Events / Meetings / Conferences

ACP-OHSU-AIUM Point-Of-Care Ultrasound Conference
July 21-23, 2018
OHSU – Portland, OR

OHSU – 27th Annual Ashland Endocrine Conference
August 2-4, 2018
Ashland Hills Hotel
Ashland, OR

OHSU – 4th Annual Musculoskeletal Update For Primary Care
September 6-7
Salem Convention Center-Salem, OR

OHSU - 13th Annual Regional Hospital Medicine Conference
September 27-28, 2018
Sentinel Hotel – Portland, OR

OMA – Oregon Medical Association – Annual Meeting
September 29, 2018
Marriott Waterfront Hotel – Portland, OR

OHSU – 35th Annual Oregon Rural Health Conference
October 3-5, 2018. Bend, OR.
Linda Peppler:

OGS – Oregon Geriatrics Society 19th Annual Conference
October 5-7, 2018
Sunriver Resort – Sunriver, OR

ACP – Western Chapters & Canadian Society of Internal Medicine Annual Meeting
October 10-13, 2018
The Banff Centre – Banff, Alberta Canada

OSPA - Oregon Society of Physician Assistants Annual Conference
October 11-14, 2018
Salishan, OR

OHSU – 42nd Annual Pacific NW Update Ob/Gyn & Women's Health
October 18-19, 2018
Sentinel Hotel – Portland, OR

ACP Oregon Chapter – Annual Scientific Meeting
November 8-10, 2018. Salem Conference Center

American College of Physicians – Internal Medicine Meeting
April 11-13, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

ACP Oregon Chapter – Annual Scientific Meeting
November 7-9, 2019
Salem Convention Center – Salem, OR

American College of Physicians – Internal Medicine Meeting
April 23-25, 2020
Los Angeles, CA

ACP Oregon Chapter - Annual Scientific Meeting
November 5-7, 2020
Salem Convention Center - Salem, OR