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Community Medicine Fellowships


Our mission is to develop physician leaders in Community Health by teaching innovative techniques to provide high-quality, comprehensive and empathetic care in resource-poor settings.


Kaiser Permanente Northern California offers 4 distinct 13-month fellowships in Community Health: the Community Medicine and Global Health Fellowship based in Napa-Solano, the Community Medicine and Health Disparities Fellowship based in Oakland, the Community Medicine and Integrative Medicine Fellowship based in Santa Rosa, and the Community Medicine and Urban Health Fellowship based in San Francisco. During the 13-month fellowships (July 1 – July 31), fellow time will be spent as follows:

  • Community-based Primary Care (50-60%): fellows will provide Primary Care to the medically underserved at non-Kaiser community-based clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Community Project and Didactics (20-30%): fellows will have protected time for didactics and dedicated mentors to help develop their required community- based scholarly project
  • Kaiser Permanente clinics (10-20%): over the course of the 13 months, fellows will spend 1-2 half-days per week learning the Kaiser system first-hand by performing clinical duties at the primary Kaiser Permanente site
  • Other opportunities (10-20%): Fellows will also have options to pursue rotations in Global Health or Health Policy, conduct mentored research, or develop further community-based initiatives

Application Process

Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year will be accepted between September 15-December 15, 2019. Interviews will take place on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at the Regional Offices in Oakland, California.

You will be asked to submit the following in your application:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 1 letter of recommendation from your Residency Program Director
  • 2 professional letters of recommendation
  • 3 Reference Contacts
  • USMLE/COMLEX Transcript
  • Medical School Transcript
  • MSPE (Dean’s Letter)
  • ECFMG certificate (for international medical graduates)
  • Responses to short essay questions

Salary and Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Benefits: KP provides comprehensive benefits including Medical and Dental coverage, 4 weeks paid vacation, educational stipend of $1,500, relocation stipend of $1,000, housing allowance of $2,000, stipends for global health rotations (guaranteed for fellows in the CMGH track and for approved fellows in the CMHD and CMIM tracks), monthly hospital meal allowance, gym membership reimbursement up to $60/month, and wellness support.

For detailed salary and benefit information, visit the Salary & Benefits page.

Fellowship Leadership

Tessa Stecker, MD
Regional Director, KP Northern California Community Medicine Fellowships

Tessa Stecker MD, is the Program Director for the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Medicine Fellowships and Program Director for the KP Northern California Resident Health Policy Elective. In addition to overseeing the community medicine fellows, she works closely with medical students and residents completing their community medicine and global health rotations and projects at the KP Napa-Solano Family Medicine Residency Program (KPNSFMRP). Her areas of interest include community medicine, global health, medical education, adverse childhood events, and homeless medicine.

Dr. Stecker attended the University of Southern California for her undergraduate and medical education where she developed a passion for health education, serving underserved populations and working with students as a mentor and teacher. She completed her residency at the Kaiser Woodland Hills (KWH) Family Medicine Program where she served as a chief resident in her last year. Following residency, she split her time between working at the Downtown Women’s Center and the Center for Community Health on Skid Row, teaching Introduction to Clinical Medicine at USC, and working at various local community clinics and urgent care centers. In 2014 she completed a fellowship in Community Medicine at KWH where she worked with medical students and residents in various community clinics and supervised specialty clinics in dermatology and procedures at Kaiser Woodland Hills. In August 2015, Dr. Stecker relocated to Northern California to complete the UCSF Faculty Development Fellowship and develop the community medicine and global health fellowship at the KPNSFMRP. She has since assumed the roles of program director for the regional community medicine fellowships and program director for the resident health policy elective.


Can I apply to more than one of the KP Northern California Community Medicine fellowship sites?

Yes! We encourage applicants interested in careers in Community Medicine to apply to as many of our Community Medicine Fellowship sites as you might be interested in. Each site shares a common goal of training the future leaders in community health, and fellows from the various sites will have opportunities to come together for didactics, social events, and project mentoring. Each site also has a unique topic area of emphasis and geographic location, which may influence an applicant’s choice(s). For instance, the CMGH Fellowship at Napa-Solano has an emphasis on Global Health, while the CMHD Fellowship at Oakland has an emphasis in the area of Health Disparities, especially those in urban areas. The CMIM Fellowship in Santa Rosa has an emphasis on integrative medicine, while the CMUH Fellowship in San Francisco explores the unique opportunities and challenges of providing community-based care in the urban setting.

Do fellowship applicants need to be Board-certified or Board-eligible?

It is not expected that all applicants (especially those still in residency) will have passed their Board exams. Prior to the first date of work as a fellow, it is expected that fellows will have completed residency training at an ACGME-certified residency and will have a California Medical License. Fellows will work with the Program Director to arrange time to take their board exam during fellowship (at the fellow’s expense).

What training backgrounds or specialties will be considered?

While KP Northern California Community Medicine Fellowships are designed for residents seeking primary care opportunities, each site may have certain stipulations. For example, the CMGH Fellowship at Napa Solano and the CMIM Fellowship at Santa Rosa has an emphasis on integrative medicine will accept only applicants coming from backgrounds in Family Medicine. The CMHD Fellowship at Oakland and the CMUH Fellowship at San Francisco are open to applicants from Internal Medicine and Family Medicine backgrounds.

Will applicants who are just completing residency be considered, or are the fellowships only for physicians with more post-residency experience?

We will consider equally applicants who are completing residency and able to start in July, as well as applicants who have additional experiences after residency.

Is the start date flexible?

Generally, the fellowship start date is firm in order to coordinate orientations and to have the desired amount of overlap of fellows from one year to the next. We recognize that applicants may be completing residencies and may need to move long distances. The first week is generally spent completing Orientation activities, allowing for a smooth and gradual transition. Exceptional circumstances should be discussed during the interview process with the Fellowship PD who will make an effort to accommodate unique schedule requests.

What are the salary and benefits?

The salary and benefits package is competitive — see the updated Salary and Benefits.

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