Community Medicine Fellow – 2019/2020
Dr. Kathryn O’Rourke
Medical Education: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA; Family Medicine Residency at Lancaster General Health in Lancaster, PA
Curricular Interests: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Food as Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine, group visits, community engagement
How I thrive: exploring the beautiful farms, forests, mountains, and beaches of Sonoma County; trips to SF for great theater, ballet, museums and food!
The Kaiser Permanente Community Medicine and Integrative Medicine Fellowship (CMIMF) based in Santa Rosa is designed to train family medicine physicians to become teachers, mentors, and leaders in community medicine and evidence-based integrative medicine.
During this 13-month fellowship, the fellow will provide outpatient primary care to the medically underserved at FQHC Petaluma Health Center, rotate through a variety of community-based clinical settings, and learn evidence-based integrative medicine. Additionally, the fellow will gain experience teaching family medicine residents and working with KP Santa Rosa Family Medicine faculty on mentored scholarly projects.
The Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency welcomed its first class of 6 residents in July 2018, so this fellowship offers a unique opportunity to help develop curriculum, shape residency culture, and enjoy being part of a close-knit family medicine community in Sonoma County.
The fellow will spend the majority of their clinical time at Petaluma Health Center (a Federally Qualified Health Center), where they will provide primary care to a diverse patient population (including up to 50% monolingual Spanish speakers) and engage in clinic initiatives such as group health education classes. In addition, fellows will be able to spend time in a variety of other community settings, such as the Jewish Community Free Clinic, school-based clinics, and community settings specializing in LGBTQ health and Food as Medicine. At these sites, fellows will have opportunities to teach Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa family medicine residents. Fellows will collaborate with the residency faculty and community partner site directors to help develop, implement, and evaluate the Community Medicine curriculum for residents.
Highlights and Objectives
- Receive training and career development through practical experience and the development of tools in the areas of teaching, advocacy, inclusive leadership, integrative medicine, and clinical care under direct faculty mentorship.
- Provide direct support to local FQHCs and other community partners to meet the shared goals of eliminating health disparities, reducing the impact of Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs), and supporting culturally mindful, integrated approaches to community health.
- Instruct, supervise and precept KP Santa Rosa family medicine residents and medical students training in community-based sites.
- Work together with faculty and community site directors to further develop the Community Medicine residency curriculum.
- Learn and practice evidence-based integrative medicine, with access to University of Arizona’s evidence-based Integrative Medicine curriculum
- Engage in mentored community projects and research opportunities with the support of a dedicated research project manager
- Enhance Medical Spanish and other languages through work at local clinics and Kaiser Permanente-sponsored global sites