Our Vision

We intend to be the best rural family medicine program there is.  To do so we focus on improving health, preparing leaders, and revolutionizing healthcare.

Our Mission

We educate family physicians to deliver innovative, comprehensive healthcare and serve our communities as leaders in rural family medicine.

The Details

Cascades East was the second family medicine residency to be developed in Oregon and accepted its first residents in July 1994. Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine administers and sponsors the program. It is a collaboration of OHSU and Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls.  The Oregon Area Health Education Center program (AHEC) was involved in starting the program.

The purpose of the Oregon AHEC system is to improve health access and health status for rural, minority and under-served persons living in Oregon by developing training programs for health professionals in settings which serve those populations. Accordingly, our program involves a mutually beneficial educational relationship between the hospital, OHSU and rural health care providers.

The program currently has eight residents per year for a total of 24 residents. Both full-time family medicine faculty and community physicians from many specialties are committed to teaching in the program. While most rotations occur in Klamath Falls, residents spend some time in other Oregon communities, including Portland, Medford, Bend and four frontier communities: Burns, John Day, Enterprise and Lakeview.

Our program trains residents to become family medicine physicians who provide comprehensive care to their patients. We have a strong emphasis on maternal-child health, procedural medicine, wilderness medicine and transformed primary care. Our busy inpatient medicine service offers ample experience in both hospital medicine and intensive care. Residents may choose between tracks that emphasize maternity care or hospital medicine. Our primary care center is a Patient-Centered Medical Home. We seek to attract and train residents who will be lifelong learners and teachers in medicine and improve the health of their communities.

The Program exceeded my expectations and prepared me very well for life and work outside of residency. I am so grateful for my time at Cascades East.

Betsy O'Halloran, MD '07