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Oregon Health & Science University


Dr. J. S. “Dutch” Reinschmidt talks about his career in medicine and the early experiences that led to his abiding interest in medical education, both graduate and continuing. He relates the story of how he acquired the nickname “Dutch” and the confusion it causes within his own family, and discusses his interest in medicine and how World War II interrupted his schooling. In 1970, Reinschmidt joined the University of Oregon Medical School as Director of the Regional Medical Program. He discusses the history of the program and the course changes he initiated. As federal funding for that program waned, the Oregon Medical Association stepped forward with funds to create a Division of Continuing Medical Education at the University, and Reinschmidt became the first Director. The second major project to attract Reinschmidt's attention at the School of Medicine was curriculum reform. Initiated in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the reform sought to address not what medical students would need to know tomorrow, but what they would need to know ten years down the road. The development of the Area Health Education Centers was closely allied with the developments in the graduate curriculum, and here, again, Reinschmidt was the leading force. One of the many awards he received for his outstanding contributions to continuing medical education is on daily display in the BICC Building on the Marquam Hill Campus. The “Medicine Man” sculpture, which graces the lobby of the Main Library. In closing, Reinschmidt offers his own advice to young medical students embarking on careers in health care, noting that “if you're thinking about going into medicine because of the income, think again.”


Transcript of oral history interview with J. S. (Dutch) Reinschmidt, conducted on September 3, 1997 by Joan Ash and Linda Weimer


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Medicine


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