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Residency Elective in Health Policy

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education is pleased to announce the Residency Elective in Health Policy (REHP) course will take place October 5-16, 2020.

This course is designed to orient residents and fellows to the fast-changing world of health policy, increase their knowledge of key health policy issues facing their community and the nation, and prepare them to be effective physician-leaders and advocates in a systems-based practice.

The REHP will be available for up to 40 KP residents and fellows from all specialties who are interested in an intensive, two-week health policy elective. Participants will be expected to engage in a full-time schedule (i.e. in-person activities, from 8am – 5pm, with some occasional evening lectures and events). All accepted applicants should have cleared clinical schedules for the two-week period.

Participants of the Residency Elective in Health Policy will:

  • Learn key aspects of U.S. health policy.
  • Participate in intensive seminars with policy experts in health disparities, health economics, public health, quality improvement, value-based care, and other fields.
  • Learn about policy making first-hand, through visits to organizations and communities involved in shaping and implementing health policy.
  • Understand their roles and opportunities within the local, state, and national health policy landscape.
  • Apply policy analysis, assessment and recommendations to real-world challenges by completing a capstone project in health policy.
  • Translate their knowledge into practice.
  • Disseminate the information learned with their colleagues.

*UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 precautions, the 2020 course will be presented in a virtual format and accommodations will not be necessary for attendance.
Accommodation and transportation reimbursement will be provided to KP Northern California residents and fellows outside of the Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco areas. Details will be provided to eligible participants upon acceptance to the course.

Questions can be directed to the regional program administrator, Amanda Coy.

Course Planning Committee: Dr. Calvin Wheeler, Dr. Tessa Stecker, Theresa Azevedo-Rousso, Angela Jenkins, Amanda Coy

Location: The 2020 course will now be presented in a virtual format! Details to come!

Map: Preservation Park – Nile Hall

Parking: City Center Garage West

The Residency Elective in Health Policy (REHP) will be offered in the Northern California region during the 2020-2021 academic year, from Monday, October 5 to Friday, October 16, 2020, via virtual format.

There are two components to the course. The first is a series of web-based learning modules during the one-month preceding the 2-week course that can be viewed at the convenience of the participant. The second is an intensive, virtual course which incorporates didactic and experiential learning.  Participants will be expected to engage in a full-time schedule (i.e. virtual activities, from 8am – 5pm, with some occasional evening lectures and events). All accepted applicants should have cleared clinical schedules for the two-week period.

Interested residents and fellows must complete this application to be considered for the REHP. We are committed to a program that embraces racial, ethnic, gender, and disciplinary diversity, and we encourage candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply. In addition, candidates should:

  • Demonstrate significant interest in public health and health policy;
  • Be highly regarded by those overseeing their clinical duties and educational activities;
  • Exhibit leadership capabilities, including setting high personal goals and motivating others;
  • Be self-directed, as evidenced by past professional accomplishments;
  • Possess strong communication skills to effectively communicate with a diverse group of people.

Only complete applications will be considered. Complete applications must include an approval to participate from the applicant’s program director. Program directors may fill out their approvals here: https://residency-ncal.kaiserpermanente.org/rehp-pd-approval/

Decisions will be emailed to applicants on an ongoing basis until the end of July or until the course reaches capacity. Residents and fellows accepted to the course must confirm their participation within two weeks of receiving their acceptance notice. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2020.

UPDATE: The 2020 course will now be delivered in a virtual format. Details to come. Accommodation and transportation reimbursement will be provided to KP Northern California residents and fellows outside of the Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco areas. Details will be provided to eligible participants upon acceptance to the course.

You will receive a confirmation email and a notice of submission, on the page below, upon successful submission of your application.

Questions can be directed to the regional program administrator, Amanda Coy.

  • Please use Chrome to submit your application

  • For the following section of the application, please provide thorough and comprehensive responses to all short-answer questions.

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Course Logistics

2020 Speakers & Planning Committee Biographies – Coming Soon!

  • Speakers & Planning Committee

Pre-course Curriculum – Coming Soon!

  • Pre-Course Curriculum
  • Questions to Consider

In-course Curriculum – Coming Soon!

  • Policy Analysis Instructions
  • Policy Analysis Groups & Prompts
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