The coming months promise to be busy ones for OSHE professional development and networking opportunities statewide. They include:
* Saturday, March 5: There was an educational session on establishing graduate medical education -- or residency programs -- in community-based hospitals, held as part of a day-long annual conference sponsored by the Osteopathic Medical Foundation. The conference took place at the Boulder Falls Inn and Conference Center in Lebanon. As we work to address an ongoing need for outstanding physicians, this session helped answer questions one may have had about developing a residency program in their organization. For additional information, visit www.nwosteo.org/programs/wellnessconf/newresidency.
* Wednesday, May 18: Join us for the OSHE Spring Meeting, also held at Boulder Falls Inn and Conference Center in Lebanon, focusing on leadership and professional development. Expert panels will discuss how you can help foster effective leaders in your organization and ensure a smooth transition as leaders change. For more information, visit www.oregon.ache.org.
As we continue our efforts related to patient safety and quality, I applaud the initiatives underway statewide to address the growing public health crisis related to chronic opioid use. A number of regional collaborations have recently been formed to examine prescription guidelines, expand chronic pain treatment alternatives and enhance patient education and support options. Thank you for providing organizational support for this important issue.
On a related note, it is rewarding to track the establishment of Patient and Family Advisory Groups in our respective hospitals and to learn how this feedback is helping us improve our overall patient/family experience. The first-hand experience of our patients and families provides a unique perspective on how we provide our programs and services – and how we can make them better. I look forward to our next opportunity to discuss what we are learning through this valuable listening opportunity.