Residency Experience

The OHSU Hillsboro Family Medicine Residency Program uses a modified “2 + 2” schedule that allows residents to complete most rotations in two-week segments, alternating between outpatient and inpatient experiences. Residents will be assigned to one of two residency continuity clinic sites in South Hillsboro or Orenco.

PGY-1 Rotations:

PGY-2 Rotations:

PGY-3 Rotations:

Rotations include:

Family Medicine Inpatient Service

Two residents wearing masks

The Family Medicine Inpatient Service (FMIS) is the adult medicine rotation and features a resident team of interns, an upper-level resident and visiting medical students who round on the service with one of our family medicine faculty members.

Residents care for patients from their continuity clinics and learn to consult various specialists in our hospital.  Because Hillsboro Medical Center is a community hospital setting, residents learn to transfer higher acuity patients who need an advanced level of care to our tertiary care partner, OHSU.

Residents take overnight call in-house as night float with an in-house family physician.  All residents must be BLS and ACLS certified.  Cross-cover resident coverage allows residents on inpatient services to go to afternoon clinic, at least once a week.       A Night float system provides overnight call coverage.

Critical Care Medicine

Critical Care MedicineResidents experience critical care medicine with an intensivist and work alongside internal medicine residents at Hillsboro Medical Center. The ICU is closed, allowing for focused learning while on this rotation.

Maternity Care

Triplets sleeping in the NICU
Family Medicine Faculty Sam Crane delivered the first triplets born at Hillsboro Medical Center.

Residents follow prenatal patients in both FMP sites and are precepted by family physician faculty who provide prenatal care, several of whom also perform c-sections.  Babies are delivered at Hillsboro Medical Center in the Family Birth Unit.  Residents also participate in pre- and post-natal care with our midwifery colleagues.

Residents have the opportunity to learn ultrasound skills and about complications in high-risk pregnancies at the Maternal Fetal Medicine clinic on the Hillsboro Medical Center campus.  All residents must complete the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) course.

Residents who are interested in comprehensive prenatal care will have additional time on the Labor & Delivery unit and will have opportunities to be involved in cesarean sections.


During the four-week Gynecology rotations, residents treat women of all ages and learn various outpatient procedures including:

  • Pap smears
  • Endometrial Biopsy (EMB)
  • Colposcopies
  • Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) placement and removal

They will spend some time at Planned Parenthood and the mammography center.  Focused gynecology clinics include:  colposcopy, pelvic pain and early pregnancy..


Dr. Douglas in NICU

During inpatient pediatrics residents will:

  • Round with neonatologists in Hillsboro Medical Center’s Level 2 NICU.
  • Complete an OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital second year inpatient rotation
  • Learn how to stabilize and transfer sick children.
  • Utilize skills learned during their PALS and NRP certification.

Specialized care for outpatient pediatrics will take place at:

  • A busy private pediatrician’s office in Hillsboro
  • A Federally Qualified Health Center in Hillsboro
  • School based Health Clinic
  • Specialty clinics in Pediatric Endocrinology and Pediatric Cardiology
  • Continuity clinic with panel of pediatric patients


All residents will work with a board-certified geriatrician during their geriatric rotation.  Other aspects of this rotation include:

  • Geriatric Assessment Clinic at South Hillsboro
  • Home visits
  • Rounding on patients at a nearby long-term care facility
  • Experience on the Geriatric Psychiatry unit at Hillsboro Medical Center
  • Training in Physician’s Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)
  • Exposure to a hospice setting and palliative care setting

Community Medicine

 Residents and Faculty participate at the Pasifika Unity Festival August 2021
Residents and faculty participated at the Pasifika Unity Festival. (August 2021)

Residents learn about community medicine with ¡Salud! services, a program that provides health care to Oregon’s seasonal vineyard workers and their families.  Residents travel with a bi-lingual outreach team in the ¡Salud! medical van to local vineyards and get first-hand experience treating patients.  Given 24 percent of Hillsboro residents identify as Latino, residents are given time to utilize an online medical Spanish curriculum that is paid for by the residency.

Residents have focused didactics that cover social determinants of health and feature community partners.   Other opportunities include staffing health booths at the local minor league baseball stadium and health tents at community events and farmers markets.

Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Residents and Faculty participate in high school sports physicals
Residents and faculty participate in high school sports physicals.

Residents spend eight weeks working with a fellowship trained sports medicine family physician and orthopedic surgeons on their Orthopedic and Rehabilitation rotations and rotate through a Sports Medicine clinic.

The rotation emphasizes:

  • Improving physical exam skills.
  • Giving joint injections.
  • Learning when to refer acute or chronic conditions.
  • Providing sports physicals for athletes at high schools.
  • Interacting with the community at outreach events.

Residents have the opportunity to learn musculoskeletal point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) skills from a national expert.


Dr. O’Leary leading a suturing didactics
Patrick  O’Leary, M.D. leads a suturing didactics.

Residents work with general surgeons at Hillsboro Medical Center during their general surgery experience and learn the basics of pre- and post-operative care, including spending time in the operating room.

Residents have a minimum of one-week rotations with each of the following surgical sub-specialists: urology, ENT, ophthalmology and dermatology.

Emergency Medicine

Residents spend at least eight weeks in Hillsboro Medical Center’s Emergency Department. They’ll will gain experience in:

  • Treating adult and pediatric patients
  • Learning about a wide variety of acute and emergent health issues
  • Participating in the hospital’s rapid response teams
  • Performing procedures in the ER, including POCUS
  • Ambulance ride along


Residents have six months of electives that help prepare them for future practice goals.  Multiple opportunities exist at Hillsboro Medical Center for specialty rotations and residents will have access to various elective and CME opportunities at OHSU, as well as rural rotations throughout the state as part of their RUSH elective (Rural-Underserved Health).

Current electives include sports medicine, migrant farmworker health, addiction medicine, palliative care, endocrinology, infectious disease and others.

Hillsboro is also a site for the COMPADRE grant, which is a joint grant between OHSU and UC Davis that hopes to provide rural elective opportunities amongst dozens of residency programs in Oregon and California.


Residents participating in ALSO training
Residents participating in ALSO training.

Didactics are scheduled for a half day each Wednesday and cover a rolling 18-month curriculum to cover the breadth of family medicine.  These also include OB chart review, balint, procedural training and focused symposia on social determinants of health.  Some shared didactics with the Internal Medicine Residents at Hillsboro Medical Center focus on specialist topics, grand rounds, and Patient Safety presentations.


Residents are required to complete two scholarly activities during residency and are involved in quality improvement initiatives at their continuity clinics and at Hillsboro Medical Center.  They are encouraged to participate in scholarship, mentorship and advocacy and are provided opportunities at both the local and state level, including the opportunity to serve as a Resident Director on the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians.


Residents evaluations are tracked on-line and shared with residents.  Together with your advisor and our faculty team, we will collaborate over the three years of your training to graduate you as a competent family physician who is ready to practice independently upon completion of the program.