Oregon Medical Education Foundation (OMEF)

Oregon Medical Education Foundation (OMEF)The Oregon Medical Education Foundation (OMEF) was formed by OMA in 1961. It is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization dedicated to the advancement of medical science through education; it also serves as a repository for special and memorial gifts. 

The goals and objectives of OMEF are to serve as the fiscal intermediary for worthy medical and health-related programs; to stimulate and assist new and current medical education programs, including programs which would permit exchange of information among medical disciplines; to meet unmet needs in postgraduate education programs; to correct deficiencies in medical practice found to exist through peer review; and to stimulate development of health education programs for the public.

Thanks to the generosity of physicians, physician assistants, and medical practitioners across the state, OMEF has been able to fund critical programs that improve both the practice of medicine in Oregon and the health of Oregonians. Donating to OMEF strengthens Oregon’s medical community and demonstrates a commitment to the health of our state. 


Make a Donation to OMEF

OMEF funds come from numerous sources, including donations from individual OMA members as part of their annual dues payments.

OMEF Funds

  • OMEF General Fund: The OMEF Board of Directors, a dedicated group of physicians, physician assistants, and medical community members, distributes thousands of dollars in grant funding each year to worthy medical and health-related programs. Past grants have been used to support community health fairs for underserved Oregonians, statewide workforce research projects, and domestic violence awareness campaigns. 
  • OMEF/CME Endowment Fund: Medicine today is changing constantly and providers must keep up with these rapid developments. OMEF’s CME Endowment Fund ensures that Oregon’s practitioners are on the cutting edge of medical practice by funding innovative continuing medical education programs. 
  • OMA/OMEF Medical Scholarship Fund: Today’s medical students graduate with an average of $180,000 in debt. Too often, debt becomes the deciding factor in selecting a medical specialty and the location where these new professionals will practice. To assist with this burden, the OMSF has distributed over $100,000 in scholarships to medical students in Oregon. These scholarships make a measurable difference in the lives of Oregon’s next generation of health care providers. Investing in our state’s exceptional medical students ensures a bright future for Oregon’s medical practitioners and our communities.

To make an off-line tax-deductible contribution to the Oregon Medical Education Foundation, please contact Katie Claro by email or by phone at (503) 619-8135.


OMEF Board of Directors

OMEF is currently governed by a 12-member board of directors, nominated for staggered three-year terms by current directors of the Foundation.


Grant Request Submission Guidelines

The OMEF Board of Directors meets twice a year (summer and winter) to review grant requests. The deadline for submitting grant requests is 30 days prior to the meeting.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Saturday, June 4, 2016.

Grant requests should include the following:

  1. Cover letter outlining the project
  2. Supporting documents:
    • Amount requested from OMEF
    • Total project amount (include other sources of funding)
    • An explanation of the project and how it relates to 'medical education'
    • Proposed budget for the project

Please submit proposals to Katie Claro via email or mail: 

Oregon Medical Education Foundation
11740 SW 68th Parkway, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97223 

OMEF Grant Oversight Policy


Recent OMEF Grant Awards

  • $2,000 to Southwestern Oregon Medical Society in support of a new public health education event in Coos Bay
  • $10,000 to the Lane County Medical Society Foundation in support of a Physician Wellness Program
  • $18,000 to OMA towards the development and implementation of a comprehensive ICD-10-CM educational program for members and staff
  • $1,000 to the OMA Alliance towards the first Western States Coalition Medical Alliance Meeting in San Diego
  • $12,500 to the Oregon Healthcare Workforce Institute for software to be used for workforce surveys
  • $40,000 to OHSU Foundation to the J. S. Reinschmidt Endowment for continuing medical education
  • $4,000 to Salem Hospital for two community domestic violence conferences
  • $11,400 to OMA and OMAA to underwrite production of localized resource cards for physicians and patients and other domestic violence awareness efforts
  • $10,000 to the Global Health Alliance for partial funding of the 4th Western Regional International Health Conference at OHSU
  • $20,000 towards production of the History of Medicine in Oregon Project
  • $25,000 to The Foundation for Medical Excellence towards the OMEF Medical Student Scholarship fund

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