Meds Ed

MEDS Ed - Oregon Continuing Medical Education

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Our Pharmacy team is pleased to host MEDS Ed, an ongoing education series for health care professionals who are involved in direct patient care at community clinics.

These sessions examine disease states that highly impact patient quality of life, require complex management and may lead to increased emergency department visits and inpatient stays.


At MEDS Ed, clinicians:

  • Gain valuable insights and practical care strategies.
  • Explore different elements of patient medication risk.
  • Improve the ability to contribute to a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Get answers to questions.

Guest speakers include physicians, specialists, pharmacists and other health care experts from the community and CareOregon.

Subjects addressed in past MEDS Ed seminars include diabetes, COPD, hypertension and depression.

Have a topic for us to consider? Questions? Email us at


MEDS Ed participants tell us:

“Amazing opportunity”
“Your team has done an excellent job, and we have re-referenced the information from these classes over and over again. Yesterday I came back to the clinic with a newly-diagnosed patient with severe COPD, and I felt so prepared for delivering the help she needed. Thanks again for this amazing opportunity.” — Tonia White, RN, RN Care Manager, OHSU Gabriel Park

“Extremely practical tools”
“It is extremely rare to find a meeting that is so practical you can take it back to work and start using it that afternoon…I keep pinching myself after every meeting. I'm a nurse of 30+ years doing medical home care management, and this gives me extremely practical tools I can use regularly with my patients to help them improve their health status. One time, I used my vacation time to come...they are THAT valuable!” — MEDS Ed attendee

Join our next session!

Thursday, June 18, 2020 – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Webcast: Alcohol use disorder: Expanding successful treatment in primary care and beyond

This seminar will be presented as a web-cast for remote attendance only, due to the current COVID-19 public health crisis. An access link will be provided prior to the event. CME approval pending.

Register here:

An estimated 15 million people in the United States have Alcohol Use Disorder. Approximately 5.8 percent or 14.4 million adults in the United States ages 18 and older had AUD in 2018. This includes 9.2 million men and 5.3 million women. Adolescents can be diagnosed with AUD as well, and in 2018, an estimated 401,000 adolescents ages 12–17 had AUD.

Join statewide experts including Dr. Amanda Risser, MD, MPH, Senior Medical Director of Substance Use Disorder Services at Central City Concern; Melissa Brewster, PharmD, BCPS, Senior Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator, CareOregon; Dr. Matthew G. Chan, MD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, OHSU Scappoose, and Kyle Higgins, M.S.W., LCSW, CADC I, OHSU South Waterfront, for an interactive session focusing on managing this complex health condition, including strategies for removing the fear and lack of comfort around AUD treatment.

To be added to our distribution list for this course, please email

Thank you for your continued interest and understanding!

Click below to view past MEDS Ed sessions:

  • Trauma-informed care and substance use disorders

  • Empowering patients in advanced illness

  • “Is it sleep apnea, or…?”

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder

  • Effective substance use treatment

  • Liver disease

  • Care of transgender and gender-diverse communities

  • Transitions of care: Successes and discoveries

  • New perspectives on pain and trauma

  • Hypertension

  • Diabetes: Pathways to treatment

  • Heart failure

  • Motivational interviewing: Introduction to MI

  • Pain management

  • Depression

  • Diabetes

  • Innovations in Pediatric Health Complexities and Social Risk