Now in their 18th year, Portland Monthly’s annual peer surveys for medical providers are open this summer through August 31. One survey is open to MDs, osteopaths, podiatrists, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to name the doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants they would turn to if they or a member of their family needed care. Another survey puts the same question to a variety of other providers, from naturopaths and acupuncturists to psychologists and clinical social workers. Learn more about both surveys and find the links to them here. And know that taking one of these surveys is a time commitment, so please don’t begin it unless you know you’ll be able to complete it in one sitting. On the survey that requires a login, you will not be able to log in again. 

Two surveys

In the doctor/nurse/PA survey, providers log in with their license number and can nominate up to four names in any or all of 79 specialties. Survey takers should read the instructions on the welcome page and in the survey itself to get tips on finding the name you’re looking for in the drop-down menu that will appear on the nomination form. If you don’t see the name you’re looking for, make sure you have the correct first and last name as they appear in Oregon Medical Board or Oregon State Board of Nursing records, or try a middle initial or middle name if the first and last names are a common combination. (In some cases, a provider has contacted us in the past with a request for how their name appears, which may differ from OSBN or OMB records.) 

What if you don't see the specialty you’re looking for? We get suggestions every year of specialties to add or nix, and we put these questions to a panel of providers that convenes after the survey ends, so the lineup sometimes changes a bit. You’re welcome to email suggestions for additions to next year’s survey to [email protected] In the meantime, please nominate the provider in a related or overarching category. We’re able to pool votes across categories when we do the tally, and a person’s total number of votes is what matters.

In the survey for naturopaths, complementary medicine providers, and mental health professionals, providers in those fields enter their practice information (if the survey taker ends up being nominated, too, we may use this information for fact-checking) and can nominate up to four names in each category. This survey has no drop-down menus, and participants simply enter a first and last name. To make sure your votes count, please confirm names before you type them. The mental health professionals is meant to be for those who are not MDs, NPs, or PAs, though anyone can be nominated. 

This process is far from perfect. People who work for large organizations with many colleagues who are familiar with their records certainly have a leg up, especially if those organizations have communications staffs reminding people to vote. We ask that survey takers think beyond their immediate surroundings when they are pondering nominees. We also ask that people credentialed in more than one licensing category take a survey only once. If you are both a certified nurse midwife and a naturopathic doctor, for example, you may take each survey one time. If you are both a licensed acupuncturist and a licensed massage therapist, however, please take the complementary medicine provider survey only one time. Like any other survey taker, you may nominate up to four names in any field, not eight. 

What about dentists?

Portland Monthly also publishes an annual list of top dental care providers in the area. We do not conduct a survey of our own for that; rather, we receive a list from USA Top Dentists, which conducts its own surveys for metro areas across the country. 

Our final vetted, fact-checked list of providers and their workplaces, as well as the dental care list, will run in our Winter 2021–22 issue, which should hit newsstands around Thanksgiving. To search our directory of the current year’s list of top medical providers, click here