Current Studies

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Family Medicine Length of Training Pilot (LoT)

The purpose of the Family Medicine Length of Training Pilot (LoT) is to examine whether extending the length of Family Medicine training to 4 years through the development of innovative training paradigms further prepares family physicians to serve as highly effective personal physicians in a high performance health care system. In addition, the innovations tested in residencies participating in the pilot are expected to inspire and guide substantial changes in the content, structure, and location of training of family physicians and guide revisions in accreditation and certification requirements.


Professionals Accelerating Clinical & Educational Redesign (PACER) is a 3 year faculty development program supported by the American Boards of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics, along with the ACGME and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. PACER is designed to catalyze meaningful change by building interprofessional faculty teams equipped with the skills to transform their practices and educational programs to prepare their trainees to work together in high performing medical homes.

Northwest Native American Center of Excellence (NNACOE)

The Northwest Native American Center of Excellence (NNACOE) is an educational research program designed to learn how best to enhance representation of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people in the health profession workforce. The Center, which is a partnership between Oregon Health & Science University, Portland State University and the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, has several programs that include: 1) using videos and school curricula starting in 5th grade through undergraduate programs to inspire Native youth to consider medical professions, during class activities and social media (like We R Native and We Are Healers; 2) using a “health pathway coach” to provide students with personal coaching in-person and across social media platforms; 3) using a tribal “Health Scholars” internship program to introduce Native youth to healthcare jobs; and 4) creating a faculty forum to support indigenous faculty at medical schools across the Nation.  MedEdNet serves as the Evaluation Core for the Center, and will evaluate the effectiveness of the program’s approaches using rapid cycle quality improvement principles to improve precision of measurement and program effectiveness.

Oregon Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Oregon AHEC‘s overarching goal to improve the health of underserved and vulnerable populations by strengthening the health workforce and connecting skilled professionals to communities in need. It will do this by improving the distribution of health care professionals to rural and underserved settings, and better preparing health care professionals to deliver high quality care in rapidly transforming health care systems. Oregon AHEC’s primary programs have an interprofessional education focus and include: 1) developing a multi-disciplinary AHEC Scholars Program; 2) supporting community-based experiential training in rural and underserved areas; 3) supporting recruitment, training, and interactive didactic activities for diverse high school and undergraduate students to build the heath care pipeline; 4) conducting didactic and experiential training activities for practicing health care professionals; and 5) developing a state-wide assessment and evaluation mechanism of all AHEC programs and activities.  MedEdNet will be developing and managing the state-wide assessment and evaluation program.