Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care

In 2017, the Oregon Legislature added a new provision to the Medical Practice Act[1] regarding continuing medical education on Alzheimer's disease, specifically education on detection, early diagnosis, and appropriate prescribing of antipsychotic drugs to treat patients with Alzheimer's disease. 



Although continuing education in Alzheimer's disease is not required, the Board encourages licensees to obtain this ongoing education in order to best serve patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.




Physicians and physician assistants practicing in primary care or geriatrics


The Oregon Medical Board strongly encourages physicians and physician assistants who practice in primary care or geriatrics to obtain continuing medical education related to Alzheimer’s disease.




Physicians and physician assistants practicing in any specialty


Continuing education courses must be relevant to a licensee’s current practice to satisfy the Board's maintenance of licensure requirements.  Beginning January 1, 2018, continuing education in Alzheimer’s disease will be considered relevant for all physician and physician assistant licensees, regardless of specialty.




See OAR 847-008-0070 and the Topics of Interest page on Continuing Education for information on education requirements for maintenance of licensure.




Continuing Education Opportunities


October 5-7, 2018: The Oregon Geriatrics Society conference is designed for physicians, physician assistants, and other health care professionals who work with older adults in various care settings.  The 19th Annual Conference will be held at Sunriver Resort, Sunriver, OR.  Visit Oregon Geriatrics Society for more information and to register.


Additional Resources


A free, three-part webinar series is available through HealthInsight Oregon.  The webinars address assessment and non-pharmacological interventions, inappropriate medication use and alternatives, and appropriate medication use and dementia.  Please note that these webinars are not accredited for continuing medical education hours​.


[1] The relevant portion of House Bill 3359 is now ORS 677.487​.