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Advance Care Planning 2023: The Oregon Advance Directive and POLST
Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT
Category: Educational Events

Advance Care Planning 2023: The Oregon Advance Directive and POLST 

Please join the Oregon Gerontological Association for a presentation about the Oregon Advance Directive and POLST. This will be an update on how to document the decisions that you make in your Advance Health Care Planning. The Oregon Advance Directive and the Oregon POLST both appeared in 1993. Ever since, many Oregonians have been confused about which document best supports their wishes and intentions. 28 years later in 2021, the Oregon Legislature made the first significant update to the Advance Directive for the purposes of (1) clarifying the unique roles of the Advance Directive and the POLST and (2) updating the Advance Directive to work more effectively with current medical practice. Accordingly, the Advance Directive has been completely rewritten. In this session, we will review the new Advance Directive and answer your questions about it.

By the end of this presentation, we hope you will:

1. Know why the need for urgency has shaped the unique structure for documenting Advance Health Care Planning in Oregon

2. Know what is in the new version of the Oregon Advance Directive and how it functions

3. Know when to request the Oregon POLST

4. Know how the Advance Directive and POLST work together to support your Advance Health Care Planning

Intended audience: This presentation is intended for general interest. It is of particular relevance to persons who counsel individuals on advance health care planning.


Woody English, MD is the Co-Chair of the Oregon Advance Directive Advisory Committee. His medical training has included Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, Public Health, Hospital Medicine, Palliative Care, and Hospice. He has worked in Oregon since 1977. In 2007 he co-founded the palliative care service for Providence and retired from the practice of medicine in 2013. Since then, he has worked with various committees to update the Oregon Advance Directive, which was most recently revised on June 2, 2021 with the passage of Senate Bill 199. Additionally, he participates in several committees for the Oregon POLST Coalition and serves on the Board of Directors for CareOregon.

Eriko Onishi, MD, MCR, PhD graduated from Tsukuba School of Medicine in Japan. She came to the US to obtain Family Medicine (FM) Residency training, after which she practiced in a community in rural Indiana until joining the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) Department of Family Medicine in October 2011. Since 2011, Eriko has been practicing FM both at OHSU and as part of the Palliative Care Medicine team at Salem (Oregon) Hospital. She is also the Medical Director of a Portland area nursing home. Eriko has been serving as a member of the State of Oregon Advance Directive Adopted Committee since April 2019, where she and the other committee members have worked to revise the Oregon state Advance Directive (AD) form and are working to educate Oregonians about Advance Care Planning and the revised Oregon AD. At OHSU, Eriko is an Assistant Professor at the OHSU Department of Family Medicine and a Clinical Associate Professor of General Medicine at Tsukuba School of Medicine, where she works to teach and train FM residents and medical students in the US and Japan.

Registration Fee

  • OGA members: Free!
  • Non-members: $10
  • Non-member students/seniors and registrants with limited financial means: $5

Why do we ask for a fee?

OGA is a non-profit organization run by volunteers. Events and donations are our main sources of income to fund our educational and networking programs.

Reduced or complementary event registration is one of the great benefits for OGA members! If you like our educational programs - we strive to offer at least one event per month - becoming a member will pay off quickly! To learn more about OGA membership, please visit our Membership page.

No one will be turned away! If you cannot afford $5 at this moment, please contact us at [email protected] - thanks to the generous donations of OGA members and friends throughout the year, we can cover a small number of registrations for each event.

Please note that we offer CEUs only for our annual conference in October, not for our regular events. However, we are happy to issue a Certificate of Attendance upon request for those who attend this webinar for its entire length. To request one, please send us an email after the event.

PLEASE REGISTER HERE to receive the Zoom link. Should you encounter any difficulties registering online, please don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected].