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. It is governed by an 8-15 member board of directors, nominated for staggered three-year terms by the OMEF Board.


OMEF Goals and Objectives

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.

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.

OMEF Individual Accounts

  • OMEF/CME Endowment Fund -- Dedicated to funding innovative continuing medical educational programming
  • OMA Wellness Program Fund -- Dedicated to enhancing personal and professional wellness for physicians and physician assistants
  • OMA/OMEF Medical Scholarship Fund -- Dedicated to supporting the next generation of physicians and PAs through educational scholarships
  • Linn/Benton County Scholarship -- Awarded to graduates of Linn and Benton County high schools pursuing MD/DO or nursing degrees
  • Physician Litigation Stress Fund -- Dedicated to funding the Physician Litigation Stress Resource Center

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, January 30, 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

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
  • $30,000 to OMA for the development of a new association website
  • $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

Make a Donation to OMEF!

OMEF funds come from numerous sources. Donations from individual OMA members to the OMA Continuing Medical Education Endowment fund as part of their annual dues payments are a key source.

To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Oregon Medical Education Foundation, please contact Joy Conklin by email, or call her at 503-619-8107.