The Foundation for Medical Excellence promotes quality health care and sound health policy through physician education, research & other collaborative efforts.

Our educational offerings center on contemporary medical issues facing practicing physicians—communication, leadership, physician well-being, and the challenges of providing universal health care.

Our News & Upcoming Events

Clinician Well Being Conference

Friday, October 14, 2016
Portland Hilton Hotel
Registration will be available in June

Chronic Pain Management Conference

March 10-11, 2017
Vancouver, BC
Registration will be available in July

Northwest Healthcare Leadership Institute

Program classes will be held in October, November, February and March
Application and acceptance into the program are required
Applications and Program details will be available online  in June

Purpose of the Program

While many health systems in the Pacific Northwest have created their own leadership programs, no individual program can model the trans-institutional skills required to lead organizations in a future where business, health care, government, and community increasingly interact.  This program will not teach everything a leader needs to know, because the requisite skills 5 years from now have not yet been defined. It will teach all the capacities a leader will need to guide a learning organization.

TFME offers leadership education that applies a local lens to national health care priorities and imperatives –

A graduate will be prepared to:

  • Lead an economically successful organization and foster a healthy workforce, both of which will be engaged in improving the health of the population.
  • Ability to think strategically, to advocate, collaborate or adapt as necessary to succeed within a largely unknowable future in healthcare.

Who Should Attend this Course?

The program is designed for the future leaders in healthcare.  Recognizing that health care leaders have different levels of experience and skills, the TFME program will have two tracks:

  • The Foundational Leadership Track is designed for emerging leaders who have had clinical training but minimal leadership training and experience. Participants might include new medical directors, managers or board members.
  • The Experienced Leadership Track is designed for current leaders who are or will soon be “leaders of leaders,” perhaps overseeing several front line leaders or joining an organization’s senior leadership team.

Both tracks are open to physician leaders and non-physician leaders in recognition that elevated organizational performance depends on integrating a variety of skill sets, experiences, and the ability to unify a diverse workforce.

Officers and Directors

Timothy Goldfarb, MHSA President
Robert Keating, JD
Partner, Keating Jones Hughes, P.C.
Walter McDonald, MD
Former Vice-President, Amercian College of Physicians
Charles Kilo, MD Chief Medical Officer, OHSU
William Johnson, MD President, MODA Health
Lewis Low, MD Senior Vice-President & Chief Medical Officer, Legacy Health