Samaritan’s Bentson receives OMA Presidential Citation


PORTLAND, Ore.—(October 31, 2017)—At its Annual Conference on Saturday, October 28, 2017, the Oregon Medical Association (OMA) awarded Lynn Bentson, MD, an internal medicine physician at Samaritan Health Services in Albany, Oregon, an OMA Presidential Citation. 

The Presidential Citation is presented only occasionally to a person who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to the professional community of the state’s physicians and physician assistants.

The award is a recognition of Dr. Bentson’s tireless efforts in supporting the OMA’s programs in continuing medical education (CME) for her colleagues. She has served as the chair of the OMA Institutional Accreditation Committee since 2012, and as chair of the OMA Education Committee since 2015. Dr. Bentson has invested countless hours of her own time overseeing the association’s continuing medication education accreditation program.

In presenting Dr. Bentson’s award, Robert Orfaly, MD, outgoing 142nd president of the OMA, said, “Whether poring over site materials or traveling around the state conducting reviews, Dr. Bentson has served the OMA and her professional community with great distinction.”

Dr. Bentson completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington. She earned her MD at Oregon Health & Science University, where she also completed both her internship and residency.

“Putting the Joy Back into Medicine,” the OMA’s 2017 Annual Conference, took place on Saturday, October 28 at Portland’s The Nines Hotel, attracting around 200 attendees. The event included keynote addresses by Elizabeth Lahti, MD of Oregon Health & Science University and Michael Tutty, PhD, MHA, Vice President Professional Satisfaction and Practice Sustainability for the American Medical Association.

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