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Community Medicine Fellowships - Community Medicine and Faculty Development Fellowship Santa Rosa


The Kaiser Permanente Community Medicine and Faculty Development Fellowship (CMFDF) based in Santa Rosa is designed to train family medicine physicians to become leaders in primary care education and community medicine, while emphasizing one of the three available focus areas: Medical Education, Latinx Health, and Integrative Health (see details below).

General Highlights

  • Explore a variety of clinic settings by caring for patients longitudinally at the federally qualified health clinic (FQHC) Petaluma Health Center, The Jewish Community Free Clinic, and Kaiser Permanente.
  • Provide primary care to diverse patient populations, including monolingual Spanish speakers, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and unhoused individuals across a variety of clinical settings.
  • Supervise and instruct resident clinical training, with faculty mentorship.
  • Co-facilitate KP ACCESS, a program to provide free, Kaiser-based specialty consultations to low-income, uninsured patients from the local clinics.
  • Collaborate with Kaiser Santa Rosa faculty in a long-standing Community Health Worker training program based in Petén, Guatemala, including the option to help lead a residency cultural exchange trip.
  • Elaborate a community-based “passion project”, with support from our dedicated Research Project Manager.
  • Present scholarly work at local, regional, and national forums.
  • Participate in a two-week health policy elective.
  • Gain required ABFM credit for Performance Improvement work in medical precepting.
  • Enjoy protected time for didactic learning in Community Medicine, including time to meet with the other KP Community Health fellows in the region.
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary, county-wide collaboratives working to improve health equity through Health Action

Fellowship Faculty Development Tracks

Medical Education

Building upon the existing clinical teaching opportunities, the medical education tract will offer guidance and training to further develop skills in medical education. The KP Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency welcomed its first class of 6 residents in July 2018, so this fellowship offers a unique opportunity to help shape the culture of a new residency, while enjoying being part of a close-knit family medicine community in Sonoma County. Fellows will graduate with experience in developing and implementing curricula, clinical and small group teaching, evaluation of learners, and DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility) work. This track is ideal for a physician considering future work in a teaching environment.


  • Serve as Assistant Community Medicine Curriculum Director at Kaiser Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Join Kaiser faculty at weekly work meetings to experience the full academic year of activities required to run a residency program.
  • Assist in curriculum development and didactic education for family medicine residents.
  • Participate in the Teach for UCSF certificate program workshops and conferences.

Latinx Health

Fellows will work on health initiatives in the large Latinx community in Sonoma County. There are ample opportunities to use and improve Spanish language skills while providing clinical care and coordinating with community organizations. The fellow will support grassroots organizing and health activities, with a particular focus on agricultural workers, undocumented immigrants, and first-generation students. Fellows will also support the development of DEIA curriculum for Kaiser Family Medicine Residency residents and staff, as well as develop and facilitate community medicine didactics. Intermediate-advanced Spanish skills required for this track.


  • Focus on providing care to the 50% monolingual Spanish speakers served by Petaluma Health Center. Interpreters available if needed.
  • Work alongside faculty providing care to monolingual and bilingual Spanish speaking patients in the Kaiser Santa Rosa “La Clinica” Latino Module.
  • Fine-tune medical Spanish skills through individual instruction, clinical and community work, global health experiences, and Kaiser Permanente structured opportunities.
  • Work with community partners such as the Graton Day Labor Center, Mi Futuro, Familia Sana, and local schools.
  • Attend conferences and learning opportunities such as the Sonoma County Latino Health Forum and Los Cien Sonoma County.
  • Develop DEIA curriculum for residency.
  • Develop community medicine didactics for residents.
  • Support iteration of community medicine outreach experiences for residents by writing curriculum for radio programs and other health education programs.

Integrative Medicine

Fellows will develop skills in evidence-based integrative medicine and apply their knowledge in service to vulnerable populations. This track is ideal for the physician who wants to incorporate integrative medicine strategies in their medical practice and become adept at sharing these strategies with medical learners at all levels.


  • Complete the University of Arizona online Integrative Medicine in Residency curriculumand certificate program.
  • Participate in Kaiser Santa Rosa Integrative Medicine Consultation clinic, initially as a supervised clinician and later as a resident preceptor.
  • Collaborate with residents and faculty to further develop integrative medicine curriculum for family medicine residents
  • Engage with the robust integrative medicine offerings at Petaluma Health Center and the Jewish Community Free Clinic.
  • Work with other community partners such as Ceres, Natura, VOICES, and The Santa Rosa Birth Center.
  • Participate in conferences to further understand the application of integrative medicine.
  • Participate in Lifestyle Medicine and Plant Based Diet health education opportunities
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