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A letter from Dr. Sara Walker, Chief of Psychiatry


I welcome you to consider Oregon State Hospital as the next step in your career. Coming here in 2006 was one of the best decisions I ever made. I’ve stayed at OSH because I love seeing the people I treat get better, because of the teaching environment and camaraderie with my colleagues, and because Oregon is a great place to live and raise my kids.

At Oregon State Hospital, we have time to work with our patients until they are well enough to make a successful transition back to the community. We have comprehensive on-site services, including vocational and occupational rehabilitation, supported education, music and art therapy, a full medical clinic and a dentist office. All of these services mean you have the freedom to design a treatment care plan that really helps someone get well, and to me, that’s what being a successful clinician is all about.

We have a large psychiatry team with great administrative and financial support. There’s a true sense of collegiality amongst the psychiatry staff. We see each other more and interact with each other more than the other hospitals where I’ve worked. We also teach and learn from each other, specifically things like forensic psychiatry, that you might not have learned during your residency training.

In addition to the two gorgeous new facilities, Oregon State Hospital has developed a culture that focuses on continuous improvement and data-driven decision making. These tools empower us, the clinicians who are actually doing the work, to identify and then fix the issues we face. There are plenty of leadership, research and teaching opportunities for people interested in chairing a committee or working with local universities. Other perks include having enough staff to cover leave for vacation and conferences, and the fact that clinicians don’t have to worry about billing; the business office takes care of that.

Personally, I love living in the Willamette Valley. It has all the benefits of Seattle or California with less congestion and a lower cost-of-living. There are a ton of outdoor activities, whether you are into the mountains or the coast, and Portland and Eugene offer enormous cultural variety. This place is a foodie’s dream, with local wineries, breweries and farmers’ markets galore. No matter where you come from, Oregon is the place to be.

Please explore this site to learn more about our programs and opportunities, our staff, and our beautiful state. For more information or to submit your CV, please contact Psychiatry Recruiter Noah Pokorny or feel free to contact me directly.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sara C. Walker, MD

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