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Marion Polk Medical Society holds events throughout the year.  Events focus on wellness topics, didactic learning, networking and socializing. Check out these pictures from recent events!

Events are open to Medical Society members and guests only. However, prospective members are also welcome. Contact the office if you are interested and check out our member page

Upcoming events

    • Thu, July 25, 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Andante Vineyards, 3855 Morris Rd, Dallas, OR
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    Marion Polk Medical Society Invites Members and Guests...

    Dancing Date Night

    Thursday, July 25, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
    Andante Vineyards
    3855 Morris Rd, Dallas, OR 97338

    Andante Vineyard

    Enjoy, food, drink and & dance moves! Learn Interactive dances including Bachata, Salsa and  Merengue. Everyone, regardless of ability and skill, can attend and have fun!  This dance workshop is tailored for couples (due to the nature of Latin dance) but a "couple" can be two friends, two colleagues, etc.  Also, there will be an exclusive performance from our instructors for you to enjoy!

    Flyer - Download and share! Dancing Date Night flyer 2024.jpg


    6:30 - 7:00 pm social/food/drinks

    7:00 - 7:05 pm Welcome , member events info

    7:05 - 8:00 pm dance lesson

    8:00 - 8:15 pm break, food & wine, drinks , desserts

    8:15-8:20 pm showcase

    8:20-8:45 pm more dancing

    8:45 -9:00 pm sunset/photos/more drinks/dessert/open dancing

    9:00 pm event ends


    Instruction: Tanie Hotan, The Dancing Doctor and Drew Innis.

    Cost: $50 couple for Medical Society members; $75 per couple for non-members.

    Venue, wine and catering: Andante Vineyards

    Childcare provided! 

    Andante Vineyard - Oregon Wine Board

    What to wear: Semi formal wear. Women should wear sandals or "wedges." It's a Cuban/Latin theme, so feel free to dress up! Pay attention to the weather, (if its warm or a cooler evening.)

    Sponsorship: We are seeking sponsors for Dancing Date Night. Register a sponsorship, pick the option from the list. Sponsorship includes a table for materials and 4 registrations. Cost $500.

    Want to sponsor? Email

    Photos from last year's event


    Video from last year's event: click HERE

    • Fri, August 09, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Marion Polk Food Share Youth Farm

    Be a farmer for a day!

    Join us for a volunteer activity at the Marion Polk Food Share Youth Farm.  We will be helping the kids who are growing crops to help raise nutritious foods for families in need.  So, bring your boots and gloves. At the end of the morning we will be served a healthy snack by the youth farm volunteers. This is a "kid friendly" activity!  They can accommodate up to 20 volunteers.  

    Friday, August 9
    9 am - Noon
    Marion Polk Food Share Youth Farm

    Flyer. Pass them out! MPFS Youth Farm.pdf

    What to Bring:

    Light work clothes, boots, gloves, sunscreen, water. It could be a hot day by the end of the morning, so wear layers. 


    On the Chemeketa Community College main campus in Northeast Salem. Farm address is 4320 Winema Place, NE. Turn onto Winema Place NE off Lancaster and drive past MAPs Credit Union. Follow that road until the sharp bend and continue to drive straight, onto a gravel road. Pass through the gate and the Youth Farm is at the end of that road. If the small parking area is full, you may park along the gravel road.

    Volunteers help tend crops at the Marion Polk Food Share Youth Farm.

    • Tue, September 17, 2024
    • 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Marion Polk Food Share, 1660 Salem Industrial Dr NE, Salem, OR 97301

    Marion Polk County Medical Society Invites You...

    Marion Polk Food Share

    Volunteer Day

    Tuesday, September 17, 2024
    At the Marion Polk Food Share

    Join us for an evening of volunteering at Marion Polk Food Share! We will be sorting food and helping with whatever MPFS needs for a few hours in the evening. Feel free to bring your family members that are over the age of 13. We are looking to recruit a maximum of 15 people. 

    Start time: 12:30 pm (Food share has asked everyone to come right at 4:00. No late arrivals please. The activity lasts about 2 hours until 3:30.

    Address for Marion Polk Food Share1660 Salem Industrial Dr NE, Salem, OR 97301(503) 581-3855

    Volunteer - Marion Polk Food ShareEnding Hunger In Oregon - Marion Polk Food Share - Careers - Jobs

    Information for Volunteers:  For food safety and general safety requirements, volunteers should wear closed-toe and closed-heel shoes, and shirts with sleeves (long or short sleeves are fine – no tank tops).  We also ask that volunteers remove all removeable jewelry, watches, and earbuds prior to volunteering to keep the food we are repacking safe for our neighbors. (Flat ring bands are fine but any ring that could tear through a vinyl glove should be removed.)

    The breakroom will be available to leave cell phones, water bottles, snacks, jackets, or other personal items during the shift. There is no eating, drinking, or chewing gum in the warehouse.

    We will need to designate a group leader to sign-in at the computer station before volunteering and sign-out afterward. The group sign in PIN is: 7201658

    Some projects may require volunteers to wear hair nets, aprons, gloves. (All provided by the Food Share.)

    • Thu, October 03, 2024
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The Reed Ballroom 189 Liberty St NE, 3rd floor, Salem, OR


    Marion Polk Medical Society invites members and guests to join us for our Fall Member Meeting and Dinner


    Keynote speaker:  Karen Spears Zacharius, Author of The Murder Gene and No Perfect Mothers

    October 3, 2024 / 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    The Reed Ballroom
    189 Liberty St NE, 3rd floor, Salem, OR - Website

    Join us for a time of socializing and engagement with members of MPCMS. 

    Cost: The event is FREE to Medical Society members and guests. Nonmember registration is $75. We can't wait to see you there!  

    Childcare provided! We will have activities and a dinner for children under the age of 12. 


    5:30 - 6:30 - Social Hour with appetizers and a bar with beer and wine. 
    6:30 - 7:15 - Dinner buffet
    7:15 - 7:30 - Announcements
    7:30 - 8:15 - Karen Spears Zacharius, with moderated Q&A

    Sponsors: Have a display table and 2 registrations at the event. Cost is $650. 

    Want to read the books? The Medical Society has a book club this summer. Choose which book you'd like to read. Book club members will hold a social event with book discussion time. Dr. Erin Hurley will lead the group reading No Perfect Mothers. Dr. Nancy Boutin will lead the group reading The Murder Gene. Books are free. Click here to join the book club!

    • Sat, October 19, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Salem Health, Building C , 1st Floor-Rooms A/B/C, Salem, OR

    Cultural Humility
    Plus 2 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits

    Saturday, October 19,  2024
    Salem Health Building C , 1st Floor-Rooms A/B/C
    Speaker: Amanda Wheeler Kay, NIMA Love of Humanity


    12:30 -1:00 pm - Registration, Gather
    1:00 - 3:00 pm - Seminar (short break in the middle)
    3:00 - 3:30 pm - Socializing


    Please register through Salem Health. (Link TBD) or call Salem Health at 503-814-2775. Sponsored in collaboration by Salem Health and the Marion-Polk County Medical Society


    Contact April Gavin, Salem Health 503-814-2777

    Description: MPCMS is coordinating this 2-hour session. The course is designed to meet the requirements of cultural competency training for healthcare providers. The seminar is designed to meet Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 847-008-0077 that requires “cultural or linguistic immersion, volunteering in a rural clinic, completing an employer’s cultural competency training, a training on implicit bias in health care, attending an event with members of an underserved community to discuss health care access issues, or courses approved by the Oregon Health Authority.”

    Learning Objectives: At the end of this education participants will be able to:

    1. Name their personal values and consider how they fit in with dominant values;

    2. Explain key concepts such as cultural humility and implicit bias, and identify impacts on our attitudes

    and behaviors; and

    3. Practice strategies for improving communication with patients / colleagues


    The Salem Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Salem Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activy.

    Who should attend: MD, DO, NP and PA's.

    Cost: MPCMS members $50. Non-members of the Medical Society may also attend for $100.

    Instructor: Amanda Wheeler-Kay is a bilingual social worker and community interpreter who has worked in the Portland area for over fifteen years. She is co-chair of the education and training committee of the Oregon Council on Health Care Interpreters, an advisory council to the OHA. Her session will focus on recognizing and overcoming communication barriers with patients and families whose values and norms that may not conform to those in the dominant culture.

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Past events

Sat, June 01, 2024 Cultural Humility
Thu, May 23, 2024 Spring Member Meeting and Dinner
Sat, May 18, 2024 Hike at Silver Falls State Park
Thu, February 15, 2024 Winter Member Social and President's Awards
Fri, November 03, 2023 Community Health Impact Dinner and Speaker
Sat, October 21, 2023 Cultural Competence: An OMB Requirement
Thu, October 05, 2023 New Provider Celebration
Tue, September 19, 2023 Marion-Polk Food Share Volunteer Day
Thu, July 20, 2023 Dancing Date Night at Andante Vineyards
Thu, May 25, 2023 May Member Meeting and Dinner
Tue, February 21, 2023 Winter Membership Meeting and President's Awards
Sun, December 04, 2022 21st Annual Holiday Event
Thu, October 06, 2022 New Provider Celebration
Thu, August 25, 2022 Family Volunteer at the Park Day
Wed, July 13, 2022 Dancing Date Night at Cubanisimo
Thu, May 26, 2022 Spring Member Dinner
Sun, April 03, 2022 RISE Wellness through Yoga and Dance
Sat, March 05, 2022 The Happy, Healthier Healer Free Virtual Workshop
Tue, February 01, 2022 Winter Membership Meeting & President's Award 2022 Celebration
Sat, January 22, 2022 The Happy, Healthier Healer Free Virtual Workshop
Sun, December 05, 2021 Holiday Lights at the Oregon Garden
Sat, November 06, 2021 The Healthy Healer Free Virtual Workshop
Thu, September 16, 2021 Virtual Lunch and Learn - Guest Speaker, Dr. Pritham Raj
Sat, August 28, 2021 The Healthy Healer Prescription Virtual Workshop
Sun, August 22, 2021 F3 Wellness Friends Fitness Fun
Sat, August 07, 2021 Wellness Workshop
Thu, August 05, 2021 Dancing Date Night
Thu, May 20, 2021 Healthcare Virtual Series - Adolescent Behavioral Health – A New Generation
Thu, April 15, 2021 Healthcare Virtual Series - The New Digital Relationship of Healthcare
Thu, March 25, 2021 Healthcare Virtual Series Change Exhaustion - Leading in 2021
Thu, February 25, 2021 Annual General Membership Meeting & President's Award Celebration
Thu, December 03, 2020 Accessible Winter Wellness 2020
Wed, September 30, 2020 Willamette Valley PA & NP Wellness Event
Sat, September 26, 2020 Willamette Valley PA & NP Wellness Event
Fri, September 25, 2020 Tour Active Recovery TMS
Wed, August 12, 2020 Are you concerned about your MDD patients during COVID-19?
Thu, July 23, 2020 Draft Your Novel in 8 Weeks
Tue, July 21, 2020 Three Small Steps to Transform What's Left of 2020
Fri, June 19, 2020 Virtual Conversation: Black leadership in U.S. health care
Tue, June 16, 2020 The Doctor Will TWEET You Now
Thu, May 14, 2020 POSTPONED: Spring Wine & Garden Party - 150th Celebration!
Sat, May 02, 2020 POSTPONED: Historic Tour of Willamette University
Thu, February 13, 2020 Networking at Neaman Plastic Surgery
Wed, January 22, 2020 2020 Winter Membership Meeting & Dinner
Sun, December 01, 2019 19th Annual Holiday at the Carousel
Fri, October 25, 2019 New Provider Celebration
Fri, September 27, 2019 Opiates and Pregnancy: Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome and Beyond
Tue, August 06, 2019 Summer Yoga
Tue, July 30, 2019 Summer Yoga
Tue, July 23, 2019 Summer Yoga
Tue, July 16, 2019 Summer Yoga
Thu, May 23, 2019 May General Membership Meeting & Dinner
Fri, April 26, 2019 Mindful Medicine Retreat
Thu, January 24, 2019 January General Membership Meeting & Dinner *Meeting Closed to Online Registrations*
Sun, December 02, 2018 18th Annual Holiday at the Salem Riverfront Carousel
Tue, November 13, 2018 Physicians Facing Mortality
Fri, October 19, 2018 Annual Provider Social
Thu, October 11, 2018 Restoring Humanity to Healthcare
Tue, September 18, 2018 Primary Care Symposium
Wed, September 12, 2018 The Opiate Crisis & New, Non-Narcotic Treatment Options For Severe Chronic Pain

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