Endowment to bring world-class education to medical residents

Cliff Hall MD & Samaritan Resident Physicians
Jun 20,2012
Longtime Corvallis physician and Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Board Member Clifford Hall, MD, recently announced a gift of $100,000 to establish a fund for a visiting professorship in medicine for residents at Good Sam.

The gift, from Dr. Hall and his wife Gay, will enable Good Sam’s internal medicine training program to host some of the nation’s best-known physician educators.

“This will offer a unique opportunity for residents and faculty to broaden their experience through interaction with world-class physicians and teachers who will make rounds with ward teams, speak at grand rounds and lead faculty development workshops,” Hall said. “Visiting professors will be chosen not only for their clinical expertise, but also for their ability to teach bedside skills and to inspire residents and medical students.”

Hailing from the east coast, Dr. Hall came to Corvallis in 1973 to establish his life and his practice in a mid-sized college town. Corvallis fit the bill perfectly.

“I’ve never regretted my choice,” Hall said. “Physicians practice a very high quality of medicine here – more so than any city of a similar size.”

After almost 30 years of service to patients at The Corvallis Clinic, Dr. Hall retired. He was soon tagged to help Good Sam establish its hospitalists program, which was up and running by the winter of 2002.

After another attempt to retire in 2007, he was again approached by Samaritan leadership to serve as the program director for the internal medicine residency at Good Sam. He is passionate about the program, and feels investment in medical education is vitally important to the future of medical care in our region.

“You teach one person and they go on to teach other people,” he said. “Investment in education continues to benefit people for generations.”

After helping to recruit the first class of residents and establish the graduate medical education program at Good Sam, Dr. Hall again retired in 2010. Proving once again that he is just about always willing to help when asked, Dr. Hall agreed to fill in part time for Dr. Sharon Lissman in Good Sam’s palliative care program.

“I don’t think my career could have worked out any better,” Hall said. “It would have been a shock to go from working 60-plus hours a week to not working.”

For Dr. Hall this concept of “not working” does not mean idle time. He has been working hard for years on his 160-acre farm in Kings Valley to develop the property as a wildlife refuge.

Working with the Greenbelt Land Trust, Oregon Fish and Wildlife, the Benton County Soil and Water Conservation District and other agencies, Dr. Hall has restored wetlands and planted native trees, and his property hosts a herd of elk, ducks and geese.

It is likely an understatement when he says: “It keeps me active.”

Meanwhile, the endowment to support the visiting professorship in medicine at Good Sam will also keep him active in graduate medical education. He envisions the endowment growing and enabling Oregon State University, the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest in Lebanon and Samaritan Health Services to work together to bring world-class medical education to the region.

He also hopes the gift inspires other community members, especially young physicians, to give.“I’m hopeful that this will be the beginning of something,” Dr. Hall said. “I hope this will help young physicians see charitable giving as something that can make a difference – for health care in our community and in their lives.”

The endowment to support a visiting professorship in medicine at Good Sam is housed with the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation. To make a donation to this fund, contact the foundation at (541) 768-4256.

To find out more about graduate medical education at Good Sam, visit the Samaritan Health Services Graduate Medical Education webpage.

Photo: Dr. Clifford Hall (center) with residents Dr. David Lemons (left) and Dr. Ben Hudson (right)