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Oregon Health & Science University


Robert Koler, M.D. moved from Wyoming to Eugene, Oregon in 1941. He attended the University of Oregon in pre-med studies, entering the accelerated medical program at the Medical School in 1944 and graduating in 1947. Dr. Koler explains that, because of the war, medical students attended classes year-round and received their medical education free as part of their military service. He describes the medical school curriculum, weekly drills in uniform, and buildings on campus in the 1940s. Dr. Koler talks about his internship at UOMS and fellowship with Dr. Osgood in which he performed research in hematology. He became a resident at the UOMS hospital and then joined the faculty, first as a clinical instructor and then as an associate professor. He worked with Dr. Osgood on patients with blood diseases. A variety of other topics are briefly covered, including Dr. Koler's published research, his relationship with Deans Charles Holman and David Baird, his administrative positions and committee chairmanships, the development of the medical school curriculum, residency training, career opportunities in research, town-gown relationships, and changes in information technology. Dr. Koler discusses the relationships between the university, chancellor of the OSSHE, and the state legislature with regard to university funding.


Transcript of oral history interview with Robert Koler, conducted on September 18, 1997 by Joan Ash


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Medicine


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