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Community Medicine & Urban Health Fellowship San Francisco


The Kaiser Permanente Community Medicine and Urban Health fellowship based in San Francisco (CMUH- San Francisco) is designed to train Internal Medicine or Family Medicine physicians to become leaders in treating the diverse needs of multicultural urban underserved patients.


  • Work in San Francisco community clinics: Tenderloin Health Services (confirmed) and Clinic By the Bay (anticipated). Provide care to diverse patients, including the LGBTQ community, as well as patients dealing with substance use, HIV, hepatitis infection, and homelessness.
  • Teach urban healthcare to Kaiser San Francisco residents and medical students through didactics and precepting in clinic.
  • Develop a community project at your clinical site, with the option to do clinical research within the Kaiser Permanente system.
  • Travel internationally on an optional funded global health rotation.
  • Participate in a 2-week health policy elective

Clinical Opportunities

During this 13-month fellowship (July 1 – July 31), fellows will provide Primary Care to the urban underserved.

  • Fellows are based at a primary community site, Tenderloin Health Services (a part of the HealthRIGHT360 clinics) where they will provide a full range of traditional health care services, work with mental health, substance use disorder treatment, non-Western medicine and specific programs focusing on testing, prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and diabetes.
  • Anticipated: Fellows rotate with Clinic by the Bay (a Volunteers in Medicine affiliated clinic), a 100% free clinic for the working uninsured. They help an all-volunteer staff of doctors, nurses, and support staff provide integrated medical treatment, primary care, preventative testing and screening, and ongoing counseling, education and support. Services are offered in English, Spanish and Chinese.
  • At these sites, fellows have opportunities to teach Kaiser Permanente residents, as well as medical students.
  • CMUH-San Francisco Fellows can also participate in up to 4 weeks of Kaiser Permanente-sponsored international medical experiences at KP Global Health sites such as:
    • Zambia – University Teaching Hospital
    • Da Nang- Da Nang General Hospital
    • Tibet- Tibetan Delek Hospital
    • Honduras – ENLACE foundation
    • Ecuador – Cacha Medical Spanish Institute
    • Guatemala – Hospital de La Familia
    • Kenya – The Matibabu/Tiba Foundations

Community Advocacy and Community Project

  • The CMUH- San Francisco Fellow will complete a scholarly project in Community Health. They have protected time to meet and collaborate on a project. Options include: a Quality Improvement project at the clinic site, medical education, health policy, or Kaiser Permanente research.
  • The fellow can also assist with local health fairs, and other community events or health advocacy.


  • Fellows meet regularly with other Community Medicine fellows in the region for didactic learning.
  • The Fellow will contribute to teaching the IM residents and medical students from Kaiser San Francisco, as well as take on a teaching role in the community clinic site.
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