Annual Conference 2018

OMA Annual Conference 2018 

Saturday, September 29
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront 

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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 for 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.

Conference Themes and Content 

General Sessions: Bias, Opioids, Firearms

Additional Conference Themes                       

  • Opioids Prescribing Standards for Acute Care – panel session featuring Dr. Katrina Hedberg, health officer and state epidemiologist, Oregon Health Authority; and Dr. Amy Kerfoot of Northwest Permanente
  • Provider time investment in electronic health records – panel session featuring Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, CMO, Douglas County Community Health
  • How to engage in legislative advocacy – panel session moderated by OMA Director of Government Relations Courtni Dresser; and featuring Rep. Alyssa Keny-Guyer (D – Portland); and Dr. Marguerite Cohen, Legislative Chair, District VIII, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 
  • Mental health – panel session featuring Rep. Alyssa Keny-Guyer (D – Portland); and Multnomah County Commissioner Dr. Sharon Meieran 
  • The Quality Payment Program: Maximizing Your Score and Reimbursement for MIPS and 2019 Preparation – panel session on the Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPs) featuring David Smith and Seema Rathore of HealthInsight Oregon, as well as Ona Schoening, EHR Manager at Oregon Eye Specialists
  • Three Ways to Incorporate Narrative Medicine into your Practice – presented by Dr. Elizabeth Lahti of Oregon Health & Science University and the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative 

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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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