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Interns typically work a 40-hour week, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Modifications may be made on occasion, depending on rotation-specific duties. Interns may request four hours each week to work on their dissertations or research projects.
The intern class shares two offices furnished with desks, computers, and telephones for each intern. Sharing space provides consultation opportunities with colleagues and builds camaraderie within the intern class. Past intern classes have reported that they prefer this arrangement to individual, isolating offices. The intern offices are adjacent to a shared postdoctoral resident office and the Mental Health Program Assistant’s office.
At the end of each weekly didactic seminar and group supervision, interns are given one hour during which they are encouraged to socialize with one another, discuss issues related to their individual rotations, and offer support to each other. Interns are encouraged to enjoy this time away from the Medical Center and build class cohesion. Past intern classes have explored Portland's excellent array of restaurants for this mandatory meeting, while others choose to relax on the waterfront or at a local park.