Conferences

Seminars and conferences focusing on topics of broad concern and featuring nationally recognized speakers are presented several times a year. These intensive one-day and multi-day programs are offered at central locations and benefit physicians from throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Please see individual conferences to register, for additional details and to see materials from past conferences.

Physician Well-Being Conference

This annual conference is dedicated to providing physicians with the skills to manage change in their personal and professional lives. It is also an opportunity to interact with others who are doing similar work, to exchange program and curriculum ideas and to begin to study and develop positive methods of re-engineering the work settings of northwest physicians to promote their well-being and personal growth.

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Pain Management Conference

This conference equips the clinician to work with the most difficult chronic pain patients, patients with complex chronic pain. These patients’ pain frequently erodes non-medical domains of function, such as social, work and family relationships. This one-and-a-half day course builds the knowledge base and skills necessary to work productively with these patients. There is a focus on recognition of substance misuse and addiction as prescribed medication sometimes leads to decreasing function in these patients. Because this work can be challenging, attention is also directed to maintaining clinician well-being and emotional balance. Optional half-day sessions are offered in cognitive behavioral therapy and advanced intereviewing skills. Most attendees are from the American and Canadian Pacific Northwest.

Beginning January 1, 2006, most licensees of the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners must complete 6 hours of education in the management of patients with chonic pain and/or who are terminally ill. (In addition, a one hour course must be completed online.)

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T.R. Reid Universal Coverage Seminar

The topics of the presentation and discussion are:

  • What are the goals of health care reform in Oregon: Universal insurance or universal access?
  • What is the difference?
  • Will health care costs go up or down with universal care? Who will pay more? Who will pay less?
  • How will universal care change the role of insurers? Of providers? Of employers?
  • How will universal care change Oregon’s business environment?
  • Can private insurance, government health care programs, or both be expanded to achieve universal care?

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