The mission of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community and Global Health Program (KP CoGlobal) is to facilitate participation in mission-driven clinical and educational experiences in underserved populations in the United States and Internationally for its residents and fellows. Our KP CoGlobal program supports trainees to make critical connections between social and healthcare issues, including the health effects of poverty, migration, climate change, emerging infectious diseases, and access to healthcare. These experiences add depth and breadth to the clinical abilities of our trainees, and in the process, improve the care they provide to local and global communities.
Effective July 2023, the KP Community and Global Health program has re-opened with the following guidelines
- PGY2 and above KP sponsored residents and fellows (trainees) qualify for national and international rotations, with Program Director approval.
- A Program Letter of Agreement (PLA), signed and approved by the Program Director, accompanied with the rotation goals and objectives must be provided to Regional UME/GME for DIO approval no later than 30 days before travel commences.
- The PLA provides additional required information such as, a) who will assume educational and supervisory responsibility for resident/fellow, b) responsibilities for teaching, supervision, and formal evaluation, c) goals and objectives of the educational experience, and d) Policies and procedures that will govern education during the assignment.
- Trainees will receive a one-time reimbursement over the length of residency/fellowship training, up to $1,500 for standard travel expenses, based on the current KFH travel reimbursement guidelines.
- Regional UME/GME will provide malpractice insurance for each trainee approved for a KP CoGlobal rotation.
- Minimum CoGlobal rotations are for a minimum of 10 days, maximum is 30 days. Program Directors have discretion to modify the minimum number of days, based on educational rational (i.e., surgical specialties may have CoGlobal educational rotations for up to 7 days).
- Prior to travel, trainees will:
- Review U.S. State Department’s Country Specific Information
- Receive recommended and required vaccines
- Obtain travel health insurance, if required
- Obtain emergency evacuation insurance, if recommended by U.S. State Department
- Provide a copy of detailed travel itinerary to Program Director
- Provide international contact information to Program Director
Residents who participate in global health rotations share their experience on the Global Health blog.