Feb 23,2007 00:00
In the last two years, 1,250 Oregon physicians left the workforce. Oregon’s only medical school graduated just 300 new physicians to replace them.
In an effort to address this problem, Cascade Healthcare Community will soon begin working with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to increase the number of medical students the medical school can graduate each year.
“Clearly we’re facing a pretty serious physician shortage both in Oregon and around the nation,” explained Jim Diegel, president and CEO of Cascade Healthcare Community (CHC). “We’re eager to be a part of the solution.”
Though CHC already offers some training programs for medical students, the new partnership with OHSU will double the number of medical students training at the two hospitals at any given time. In the coming year, representatives of CHC and OHSU will work together to develop a timeline, discuss funding, and determine the types of medical rotations that will be offered.