Why Family Medicine Physicians Should Consider Working in Oregon

March 10th, 2015 3 Min read Why Family Medicine Physicians Should Consider Working in Oregon Blog
portlandIt inspired the hit show Portlandia, is home to the deepest lake in the U.S., and even offers visitors a chance to sleep in a treehouse for the night. Whether you’re seeking outdoor thrills or great food and entertainment, Oregon has something for you. Here are a few reasons to take a family medicine job in Oregon.

Climb Ev’ry Mountain

It may not be home to the Rockies, but Oregon has many majestic peaks in the Cascade mountain range — several of them taller than 10,000 feet. If you’re working near Portland, Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson are just an hour away. If you’re in central Oregon, make sure to check out Mt. Bachelor and the Three Sisters. In the Crater Lake area in southern Oregon, you can climb Mt. Bailey or Mt. Thielsen. Visit Trails.com for even more options.

Explore Maritime History

Oregon has a rich maritime history, which began when fur trapper John Jacob Astor settled Fort Astoria in 1811 as a port at the mouth of the Columbia River. You can visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria to tour the Lightship Columbia, see what it’s like to pilot a tugboat and check out thousands of photos from Oregon’s history on the Pacific Ocean. Additionally, the Oregon Maritime Museum in Portland houses the last operating sternwheel steam tug in the United States as well as hundreds of other artifacts. If you prefer to explore on your own, check out Oregon’s 11 lighthouses, stretching more than 300 miles from the top of the coast at Cannon Beach to Brookings, near the California border.

“Keep Portland Weird”

This slogan, also known as the unofficial motto of Portland, promotes individuality and expressionism within the city. As a result, there are a variety of unique places to explore. Don’t miss the International Rose Test Garden with more than 550 varieties of roses, the Portland Japanese Garden and Forest Park for a relaxing walk. Love to read? You’ll be in heaven in Powell’s City of Books, a giant store that takes up an entire city block. And make sure to try a Dirty Snowball at Voodoo Doughnut and the famous turkey dinner at Huber’s.

Hit the Water

Hells Canyon, on the border of Idaho and Oregon, boasts North America’s deepest river gorge and some of the best whitewater rafting and fishing in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon also houses Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the United States and the state’s only national park. The lake, which formed when Mount Mazama erupted 7,700 years ago, is known for its striking, deep blue water.

Finding a Job

Want to make the Beaver State your next locum tenens destination? Check out our open family medicine jobs in Oregon.


Lindsay Wilcox

Lindsay Wilcox

Lindsay Wilcox is a communication professional with experience writing for the healthcare and entertainment industries as well as local government. When she's not circling typos, she's enjoying fish tacos and hanging out with her family.

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