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.

  • 91% ABIM Board Pass Rate (2006-2015)
  • 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.

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 Providence 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 QI curriculum is to develop the resident's knowledge and skills to evaluate and improve patient care practices.

Current and Past Quality Improvement Projects

Class of 2015
MEWS screening for Sepsis - Michael Bleet, M.D.
Decreasing CXRs in ICU - Sam Bullick, DO
Sepsis Order Set Utilization - Natalie Freidin, M.D.
Patient Videos - Code Status & Goals of Care - Lela Gonzales, M.D.
Homelessness curriculum - Abby Hikida, M.D.
Shared Decision Making to decrease MRIs for Low Back Pain - Thuy-Tien Pham, M.D.
Improving inpatient satisfaction on the ACU - Leela Rao, M.D.
Value-based healthcare rounds - Saneea Tanwir, M.D.

Class of 2014
Chronic Pain Assessments - Lakshmi Aggarwal, M.D.
Chronic Pain Assessments - Jeremy Cree, M.D.
Patient Videos - Code Status & Goals of Care - Sarah Dawson, DO
MEWS as a predictor of Code Blues - Patricia Fogarty, M.D.
Tracking out-of-office care utilization - Steve Francis, M.D.
Optimizing COPD Registry - PFTs - Laura Longwell, DO
Reducing Benzodiazepine Use - Tom Shi, M.D.
Palliative Care in CHF Patients - Jennifer Vineyard, DO
Central Line Placement Intern Education - Tyler Weaver, M.D.

Class of 2013
DKA Protocol Review - Emily Doss, M.D.
Fall Prevention in Community Dwelling Older Adults - Joelle Millikin, M.D.
Longterm PPI Use - Brian Pavic, M.D.
Depression Treatment at PMG at St. Vincent - David Vo, M.D.
Barriers to care: DM Eye Exams and the Uninsured - Jeff Youker, M.D.

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, DO
Family Conferences in the ICU - Katie Schlenker, DO
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, DO
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.