Annual Conference 2018



OMA Annual Conference 2018 

Saturday, September 29, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront 

Treatment plans do not exist in isolation. Our culture and society affect the health outcomes of our patients. In fact, we know that only 20% of health outcomes are attributable to clinical care. Health behaviors, socioeconomic factors, and a patient's physical environment account for 80% of an individual’s health.  

Changes in our society create changes in our patients’ lives, which in turn affect their physical and mental wellbeing.

Can medicine exist distinctly from its environment? What, exactly, is the role of physicians and physician assistants in the 21st century in advocating for change? How proactive should medical providers be in leading the way on social issues?


REGISTER NOW to join your OMA colleagues on September 29, 2018 at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront. Event emcee Megan Furnari, MD, MS will lead attendees through a full day of education and community surrounding some of the most urgent questions medical providers must confront in treating real patients in the real world. Up to 4.5 CME credits available.

General Sessions: Bias, Opioids, Firearms


Engaging Breakout Sessions

Oregon Opioids Prescribing Standards for Acute Care: New for 2018

Panel moderator: Katrina Hedberg, MD, MPH, health officer and state epidemiologist, Oregon Health Authority
Panelists: Kevin Ewanchyna, MD, CMO, Samaritan Health Plan Operations; Amy Kerfoot, MD, Northwest Permanente and OMA representative, Governor's Opioid Epidemic Task Force

Electronic Health Records: Impacting Clinician Wellness?

Panel moderator: Donald E. Girard, MD, Oregon Wellness Coalition
Panelists: Jennifer Bard, MD, Northwest Permanente; Bob Dannenhoffer, MD, CMO, Douglas County Community Health; Carla McKelvey, MD, CMO, Coast Community Health Center

Advocating for our Patients by Making Oregon Law 

Panel moderator: Courtni Dresser, Director of Government Relations, Oregon Medical Association
Panelists: Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer (D – Portland); Christina Bodamer, Oregon Director of Government Relations, American Heart Association; Marguerite Cohen, MD, Legislative Chair, District VIII, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Treating the Way We Treat: Community and Legislative Solutions for Mental Health Care

Panel moderator: Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran, MD, JD
Panelists: Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer (D – Portland); Ajit Jetmalani, MD, Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Oregon Health & Science University and Consultant, Oregon Health Authority, Health Services Division; David Shute, MD, CMO, Cascade Health Alliance; Rachel Solotaroff, MD, CEO and President, Central City Concern

The Quality Payment Program: Maximizing Your Score for MIPS and 2019 Preparation 

Panelists: Seema Rathor, Senior Project Manager/Practice Facilitator, HealthInsight Oregon; Ona Schoening, EHR Manager, Oregon Eye Specialists; Amanda Trujillo, Quality Improvement Consultant, Legacy Health

Three Ways to Incorporate Narrative Medicine into your Practice 

Presenter: Elizabeth Lahti, MD, Oregon Health & Science University and the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative  

Questions about conference content and format:


Up to 4.5 CME Credits Available 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The Oregon Medical Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Oregon Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.   

Questions about continuing medical education (CME) credit:

Venue Information 

The Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront will host the OMA's 2018 Annual Conference. The hotel's central downtown location offers access to numerous opportunities for dining, shopping, and tourism.

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Sponsorship and Exhibiting Opportunities

The OMA Annual Conference offers opportunities for event sponsorship and exhibiting. View opportunities by accessing the event prospectus, or contact Director of Membership Jessica Dominguez at

Last Year's Annual Conference 

Last October, 200 of your colleagues and peers joined us for the 2017 OMA Annual Conference. Check out our 2017 event's themes and speakers, or the social media updates OMA members posted while on-site.






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