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2021 New Resident Orientation

10:00 a.m.

Welcome 

Calvin Wheeler, MD
Medical Director, Undergraduate & Graduate Medical Education
Northern California

About the presenter

Dr. Wheeler is the Medical Director of Undergraduate & Graduate Medical Education and serves on the Regional Governance and Contributions Committees for KFH/HP Community Benefit as well as the Regional and National Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity Councils. He served as the Physician-in-Chief of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers in Fremont and the Greater Southern Alameda area for 18 years and was a member of the Board of Directors and the Operations Management Group of The Permanente Medical Group. Dr. Wheeler joined Kaiser Permanente in 1984 as a staff pediatrician and neurologist in Hayward and Walnut Creek. Dr. Wheeler currently serves as an Assistant Professor in Clinical Science at the KP Bernard J Tyson School of Medicine.

Dr. Wheeler graduated from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy and the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. Following medical school, he did a 6-month American Hepatic Foundation Fellowship at the Kings College Hospital on the liver failure unit in London, England. He then did residency training in Pediatrics at Boston City Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. His residency was followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Neurology at Boston City Hospital & the Boston University Combined Neurology Program, where he also served as a clinical instructor. He then completed a fellowship in Epilepsy/EEG and the Houston Merritt Fellowship in Cerebral Palsy at the Children’s Hospital in Boston and Harvard Medical School, where he also served as a clinical instructor. After moving to the Bay Area, Dr. Wheeler became a clinical instructor at UCSF in the Department of Pediatrics and the Division of Neurology. His research interests have been in the area of anti-epileptic medications and alternative epilepsy treatments.

A founding member of the Kaiser Permanente African American Professionals Association (KPAAPA) in Northern California, Dr. Wheeler twice served as president. He completed the KP Advanced Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1997. He completed the California Healthcare Foundation Leadership Fellowship between 2003-2005.

Theresa Azevedo-Rousso, MPA
Undergraduate & Graduate Medical Education
Northern California

About the presenter

Theresa Azevedo-Rousso is the Director and Designated Institutional Official (DIO) of Northern California Undergraduate & Graduate Medical Education. She joined Kaiser Permanente in 2006 with 16 years of previous experience in GME and strategic program development with expertise in developing all phases of nonprofit business. At Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC), Theresa develops new programs that align with Kaiser Permanente’s workforce development goals, facilitates faculty and resident development and oversees accreditation, financial planning, and marketing of KPNC’s residency and fellowship programs which serve 1,400+ unique residents and over 700 medical students who learn in KPNC’s twenty-one medical centers. Before joining Kaiser Permanente, Theresa was concurrently the president of an academic research institute and the executive director of a GME consortium. Theresa received a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College of California and a Master’s in Public Administration at the University of San Francisco.

Theresa’s new scholarly interests are workforce development and diversity, integrating quality and performance improvement across the educational continuum, faculty development and educational research, the effects of healthcare policy on graduate medical education, and aligning community health needs assessments with resident education and care in underserved communities.

A native of California, Theresa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys its many hiking and cycling areas. Theresa is an active volunteer, teaching healthy eating and cooking practices in a variety of settings.

10:10 a.m.

Equity, Inclusion, & Social Justice

Tera Eng, BBCC, MS, SCPM, PMP
Director of Equity, Inclusion & Diversity
& Business Resource Groups

About the presenter

Tera Eng, Regional Director, Office of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity & Business Resource Groups

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Northern California Market

As Regional Director of the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity & Business Resource Groups, Tera provides strategic leadership and oversight of Northern California’s Health Plan and Hospitals’ local equity, inclusion and diversity program planning and activation.

In partnership with the ~2,500 Health Plan and Hospital management group, Tera humbly serves as their trusted advisor, internal consultant and advocate to affect cultural and systemic change.

Since taking on her leadership role in June 2018, Tera has quickly built and cultivated her stakeholder group to become a fierce and agile community of practice.  Simultaneously, she and her team have built from scratch Northern California’s equity, inclusion and diversity program infrastructure, educational resources, and investing in internal capacity among change agents via train the trainer certification. Tera has also built an internal consultancy model to provide functional leaders with equitable and inclusive lens in their business processes, protocols and policies.

Previous to her current role, Tera demonstrated her leadership effectiveness as diversity and inclusion lead, executive consultant/chief of staff, program manager, and sales and account management within national functions:  Marketing, Sales, Services and Administration, Finance and Enterprise Business Services.

Prior to KP, Tera worked on Wall Street managing a global training program, taught English as a Second Language in Taiwan and Venezuela, and led tour groups to 19 countries as an International Travel Director.

Her professional background includes Master of Science in Management and Leadership with Professional Certificates in Organizational Development and Change Leadership, Leading Organization Transition, and Project/Program Management.

Tera was recognized as  Kaiser Permanente Industry Leader awarded by PBWC and serves as Executive Council at Asian Pacific Fund, one of our community-based organization partners.

Tera is a proud mother to daughters Isabelle, 16, and Sage, 14, and together they live in the East Bay.

11:10 a.m.

Employee Benefits

Stephanie Collins- Jones
Benefits Specialist

About the presenter

Stephanie Collins-Jones is a Benefit Specialist in the Benefits Delivery Functional Area. As part of the HR Service Delivery model, Benefits Delivery provides benefits education and specialty services to Kaiser Permanente enterprise wide.

Stephanie joined Kaiser Permanente in 1996 and held several HR roles at what is currently known as the National Human Resources Service Center. In 2005, she transferred into the functional area of employee benefits and provided local support such as benefit consultations, retirement planning and financial wellness seminars for the Central Valley and Fresno Service Areas in NCAL. In 2009, the local role transitioned to supporting the organization on a national level.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration – Human Resources Management from California State University Stanislaus.
Stephanie enjoys working for Kaiser Permanente because of the wonderful benefits and opportunities for growth the organization offers.

11:30 a.m.

Research

Juleon Rabbani, DrPH
Assistant Director Biostatical Consulting Unit
Division of Research

About the presenter

Dr. Juleon Rabbani is Assistant Director of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) Division of Research Biostatistical Consulting Unit (BSCU). In this role, he mentors and collaborates with KPNC clinicians across the region to develop, implement and publish applied research and quality improvement studies. Dr. Rabbani also serves on the KPNC Central Research Committee as a biostatistical reviewer for Community Benefit grant proposals.

Prior to his current role, he directed the research of the Graduate Medical Education programs in the KPNC Napa-Solano service area. He also founded the KP Public Health Research Internship program, which partners public health students with residents/fellows and faculty to create scholarly activity projects. He earned his DrPH in epidemiology at the Uniformed Services University F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and his MPH in Global Health Leadership at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.

11:30 a.m.

Kaiser Permanente Mission & Vision

Richard Isaacs, MD, FACS
Executive Director & CEO The Permanente Medical Group, Inc.
President and CEO Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, P.C.
CO-CEO The Permanente Federation

About the presenter

Dr. Juleon Rabbani is Assistant Director of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) Division of Research Biostatistical Consulting Unit (BSCU). In this role, he mentors and collaborates with KPNC clinicians across the region to develop, implement and publish applied research and quality improvement studies. Dr. Rabbani also serves on the KPNC Central Research Committee as a biostatistical reviewer for Community Benefit grant proposals.

Prior to his current role, he directed the research of the Graduate Medical Education programs in the KPNC Napa-Solano service area. He also founded the KP Public Health Research Internship program, which partners public health students with residents/fellows and faculty to create scholarly activity projects. He earned his DrPH in epidemiology at the Uniformed Services University F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and his MPH in Global Health Leadership at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.

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