Scholarly and Academic Activities

The residency program at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center is committed to fostering an environment of inquiry and scholarship among its residents. The medical center, with its many specialty centers, is actively engaged in ongoing clinical and outcomes research, and residents are encouraged to become involved.

PSVMC is a teaching affiliate of Oregon Health & Science University, where many of our faculty and physicians hold academic appointments. An ongoing commitment to evidence-based practice and critical review of the literature is part of the foundation of the residency program. All residents participate in scholarly activities under the mentorship and guidance of faculty.

  • 94% ABIM Board Pass Rate  (2003-2013)
  • 9 National winners in the ACP Associates Competition in the last 9 years (2004-2012)
  • 11 Clinical vignette posters invited to National ACP Associates Competition in the past 5 years (2010-2013)

Each year residents from Providence St. Vincent Medical Center join colleagues from other residency programs in Oregon at the annual Oregon Chapter Scientific Meeting of the American College of Physicians.

You can view a complete list of recent awards and presentations here.

Principles of Quality Improvement

Medicine isn't just about knowing what to do to help people "it's about actually doing the things that we know work. At St. Vincent, we teach not just evidence based medicine, but quality improvement" the art of doing the right thing every time, for every patient. Each resident designs and implements a quality improvement project during protected time over the three year program. Our residents "learn by doing" and graduate with a unique set of skills including a deep understanding of systems of care delivery.

The overall goal of the PQI curriculum is to develop the resident's knowledge and skills to evaluate and improve patient care practices.

Current Quality Improvement Projects

Class of 2013

DKA Protocol Review
Emily Doss, MD

Fall Prevention in Community Dwelling Older Adults
Joelle Millikin, MD

Longterm PPI Use
Brian Pavic, MD

Depression Treatment at PMG at St. Vincent
David Vo, MD

Barriers to care: DM Eye Exams and the Uninsured
Jeff Youker, MD

Class of 2012

Prevention of CHF Readmissions
Jason Cobb, M.D.

Hyperglycemia in the Hospital
Angela Jones, M.D.

Prevention of Readmissions
Jesus Moreno, M.D.

Scheduling Family Conference in the ICU
Chinh Phan, D.O.

Family Conferences in the ICU
Katie Schlenker, D.O.

Standardizing Physician to Physician Signout
John Siemers, M.D.

Obesity in the Outpatient Setting
Joanna Toews, M.D.

Class of 2011

Breast Cancer Family History
Rachel Emery, M.D.

Metabolic Syndrome (niacin component)
Sarah Faaborg, M.D.

Osteoporosis Prevention
Kate Geary, D.O.

Metabolic Syndrome (diet component)
Lianne Lin, M.D.

Improving Adherence to CPAP/BiPAP
Ben Michels, M.D.

Improving Control of HTN in Patients with CKD
Adam Protain, M.D.

Metabolic Syndrome (exercise component)
Christina Stratis, M.D.

Medication Reconciliation at DMFP
Van Tran, M.D.