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Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care

In 2017, the Oregon Legislature added a new provision to the Medical Practice Act1 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 associates practicing in primary care or geriatrics

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


Physicians and physician associates 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 PA 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.

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