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Family Medicine

Sub-Internship at Kaiser Napa-Solano

Our Mission: The Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Family Medicine Residency Program provides:

  • Outstanding training in full-spectrum Family Medicine that balances the best in cutting-edge, innovative technology and evidence-based practice with humanistic care, preparing graduates to excel in any practice setting and to be leaders and innovators in medicine.
  • Training that celebrates the diverse background of our patient population and embraces diversity in our faculty and residents, aspiring to achieve racial, economic, and social justice through equitable care that leads to improved individual and community health.
  • A model and inspiration for Family Medicine residency programs, physicians, and medical students nationwide as the best place to train, work, and receive holistic care.

We are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion in our residency program and in our work to create a workforce that mirrors the communities we serve. Our commitment to inclusion includes race, gender, age, religion, identity, and experience. We believe diversity drives innovation, creates stronger teams, and leads to better medical outcomes.

We are excited to offer 4-week Family Medicine Sub-Internships for eligible medical students in the following tracks:

Care of Women and Children: One of the strongest draws to a career in family medicine is being able to care for the whole family, in all stages of life.  In this elective, students will work with family medicine physicians caring for women on our labor and delivery unit (4-5 shifts, primarily night and weekend shifts for more 1-on-1 experience with our attendings), round on infants in the well-baby nursery and then follow up with families upon discharge in our Newborn Club (pending current COVID-19 protocols).

Please note that Labor and Delivery shifts are 12-hours and be primarily night and weekend shifts to maximize your learning. Shifts are at our primary facility in Vallejo.

Family Medicine Inpatient and Outpatient: A combination elective providing family medicine in both inpatient and outpatient settings. You will spend 2 weeks working in our outpatient family medicine clinic alongside residents and faculty. Additionally, you will spend at least 2 weeks working on our family medicine resident adult hospital team caring for patients who are acutely ill in the hospital. A great way to know our residency and experience the ‘bread and butter’ of family medicine in our full-spectrum outpatient clinics and caring for hospitalized adults with our team of residents.

Community Health: At the heart of our residency training philosophy, is the development of an in-depth understanding of community health and the social determinants of health.  The COVID-19 pandemic has changed much of the world, including how we as family physicians meet the needs of the community we serve. Students will have clinical and non-clinical opportunities to learn and practice community health. You will be providing clinical care and working on community projects at Kaiser Permanente in Vallejo and with our affiliated community partners.

Global Health: The Global Health Sub-Internship provides interested 3rd and 4th year students the opportunity to care for medically underserved communities both locally and globally.  You will spend 3 weeks in working in Vallejo, CA and 1 week on a funded global health trip to Honduras.

The global health trip to Taulabe, Honduras is typically scheduled for September. You will be working with our Community and Global Health Fellow and Fellowship Director at our local partnership called Enlace. Enlace is a community organization in Honduras focused on sustainable and educational global health initiatives which considers the needs of the local community through direct clinical work, health education and other support activities. You will work with a mentor to develop a community-based project while in Honduras.

In Vallejo, you will work in our outpatient family medicine clinic at Kaiser Permanente in Vallejo and at our local community clinics. In addition, you will be working with our community partners to help better your understanding of the local Vallejo community.*Cancelled due to COVID-19*

Family Planning: Family Physicians are well situated to help their patients navigate option following a positive pregnancy test, including provision of high-quality prenatal care and the methods for pregnancy termination. Students in this track will gain proficiency in pregnancy options counseling. Students will have exposure to performing first trimester dating ultrasounds, first trimester office-based aspirations and medication abortion provision, including follow up care. *Track cancelled for 2022-2023*

See our family medicine website for further information.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in a resource on how to ask for letters of recommendation, read an article recently published by Family Medicine Program Director, Dr. Ted O’Connell.

Our application is accessible by searching Kaiser NCAL – Napa/Solano in VSAS/VSLO.

If you encounter any difficulty with the VSAS/VSLO application process, fee or have any questions about the opportunity, please contact our residency program assistant, Gilbert Garces by email or phone (707) 651-5628.

We are committed to social justice and understand the financial hardships associated with medical education.

Medical Student Opportunities at Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa

We proudly offer a wide range of medical student rotations at our medical center. Medical students and residents have been rotating at Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa for more than a decade. If you are a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year student who may be interested in applying to our Family Medicine residency program, we encourage you to peruse our website, come meet us at the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students in Kansas City, and consider applying for one of our 4th year Family Medicine elective rotations in the spring of your 3rd year. We welcome medical students to apply for our student programs and experience the breadth and depth of Family Medicine in our residency Family Medicine Center, and in the busy community setting of Sonoma County.

Students in our 4th year electives will work one on one with residency faculty to care for and follow patients across the medical center, providing full scope care, including pediatrics, women’s health/prenatal care, geriatrics, and procedures in our fully integrated medical home. Students will experience Kaiser’s innovative, team-based approach to preventive care, health education, and population management, as well as its use of cutting edge technology, such as video visits and teledermatology.

For More Information

We offer three different 4th year Family Medicine electives on VSAS, and can tailor experiences to fit students’ interests. For more information, please contact our Program Administrator, Kim Eisert, at or (707) 393-4015.

Healthcare is changing at a rapid rate, and Kaiser Permanente is at the leading edge. Students will see patients in our Family Medicine Center with residency faculty, delivering full-scope care and using evidence-based medicine, population management, and the power of our integrated, team-based model with ready access to specialists to provide optimal healthcare (not just sick-care!) Students will be given a small panel of high risk patients whom they will follow in partnership with nurses, pharmacists, and clinical health educators, and will also have the opportunity to round on newborns, work in the Sports Medicine clinic, and participate in a variety of group visits and health education classes.

At Kaiser Permanente, “thrive” isn’t just a slogan; it’s a way of life. Integrative Medicine is a cornerstone of our new Family Medicine residency at Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa. This 4th year elective will focus on healthcare that supports and honors the whole person. Students will work closely with our integrative medicine faculty physicians as well as acupuncturists, nutritionists, physical therapists, and health educators in a variety of classes, including yoga and mindfulness-based stress reduction. There will be an opportunity to tailor the rotation to individual interests. Students will learn how family physicians can successfully integrate complementary approaches into a busy primary care practice.

Kaiser Permanente is committed to providing culturally competent care to the communities we serve. 4th year medical students who are passionate about Latino health will have the opportunity to serve the quickly growing Latino population in Sonoma County. Students will work in Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa’s award winning “La Clinica” with our faculty physicians, gaining exposure to the breadth of health issues faced by Latino patients and improving their medical Spanish skills. This experience will demonstrate the positive impact Kaiser’s integrated, population-based healthcare system can have on maximizing the total health of a community.

La Salud Permanente is a regionally-sponsored elective for 4th year medical students and residents who want to contribute to Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to diversity. For more information and to apply, please visit La Salud Permanente Latino Health Elective.

UCSF Family and Community Medicine: Third year UCSF Medical Students rotate year-round, longitudinally, with us in their Family and Community Medicine Clerkships. These students train in a Family Medicine continuity practice at both Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park sites.

Touro University-California: Since 2010, we have been an academic affiliate of Touro University-CA, College of Osteopathic Medicine, providing core rotations for a complement of 3rd year medical students.

Sub-Internship at Kaiser San Jose

Kaiser San Jose offers a family medicine sub-internship for eligible 3rd and 4th year medical students from US medical schools. Students will experience full-scope outpatient family medicine, including sports medicine, women’s health and Latino health. Each student will follow a track, which will offer additional unique focused opportunities for learning and clinical experience. Available tracks include:

Sports Medicine Focus

Kaiser Permanente continues to grow its presence in the world of sports medicine in the Bay Area, and this will be one of the premier features of the San Jose Family Medicine residency program. Students on this Sub-I will work with sports fellowship trained faculty in family medicine, orthopedics, and physical therapy, some of whom are team physicians for local high schools and professional teams such as the San Jose Sharks and the Santa Cruz Warriors. They will have the opportunity to learn hands-on skills in a structured clinic setting, including the use of ultrasound for diagnostics and therapeutic interventions. They will also have the opportunity for sideline experience and mass event coverage.

Women’s Health Focus

Full scope family medicine wouldn’t be complete without a healthy dose of women’s health. KPSJ serves the 10th largest city in the country and provides care for a diverse population. Culturally competent care is emphasized with every patient interaction. The clerkship offers shifts in labor and delivery, opportunities to engage in centering (group prenatal care) as a co-facilitator, and one on one attending teaching in the gynecology clinic. Workdays may involve office or inpatient surgery, procedural gynecology, ED consultation and/or high risk prenatal care management. For the student seeking Spanish immersion or a particular focus, arrangements can be made to tailor the experience.

La Salud Permanente

Kaiser Permanente San Jose provides care to the largest Spanish speaking only population in the region. As a mission, we have stressed the importance of delivering culturally competent care to our members. A special rotation centering on Latino care has been created specifically to satisfy these efforts. A Spanish speaking module where integrated health care delivered by Spanish speaking pharmacists, health educators, medical assistants and nurses has been created in the family medicine department. Students will spend a majority of their time seeing patients in this module. Opportunities to visit local churches, termed in our mobile health van to provide care to members, termed “Care beyond our walls” along with Spanish immersion courses are available depending on the season. The application for this program can be found here.

For More Information

For more information and an application, please visit VSAS or contact our residency program coordinator, Sandeep Tumber by email or phone 408-972-3807.

Sub-Internship at Kaiser Sacramento

Family Medicine is a specialty that not only provides continuing and comprehensive health care for the individual, but also for every member of the family (from prenatal to pediatrics to geriatrics). Kaiser Permanente Greater Sacramento Valley Family Medicine Residency offers a sub-internship for 4th years who are looking to experience true “full spectrum” family medicine. The student will be given a unique experience that will incorporate Inpatient Medicine, Labor & Delivery, Newborn Nursery, Gynecology Clinic, Procedure Clinic, and Adult and Family Medicine Clinic into his/her weekly schedule. Students will be able to put all the knowledge they learned from their 3rd year clerkships into one compact, intense, and fun sub-internship to truly experience the full scope of the Family Medicine Physician.

For More Information

For more information and an application, please visit VSAS or contact our Family Medicine Residency Program at (916)497-3019 or email

La Salud Permanente Latinx Health Elective

Learning in Greater Sacramento Valley

Partner with our team of doctors at Salud en Español and our community of providers and staff at our Downtown Commons Medical Offices in Sacramento. You will be front and center, providing integrated care alongside our multidisciplinary team. Rotations will include shadowing and hands-on experiences with Patient Assistance, Health Education, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Chronic Conditions Management, and other affiliates. A large component of the elective will include a community-centered approach, working with underserved populations, recognizing the role of environmental and social determinants on health and wellness. You will be part of the action as community agencies tackle COVID-19, diabetes, mental health, homelessness, and other issues that affect the Latinx community. The elective will also provide an opportunity to work on a project, tailored by you and your preceptor(s), to draw new insight and understanding on a topic of interest.

In Sacramento County and West Sacramento in Yolo County, the Hispanic/Latinx population represents roughly 30% of the broader community. At the Downtown Commons Medical Offices, we see 17% of our members self-report as Hispanic/Latinx, with surrounding areas from Davis to Sacramento, 16% and 14%, respectively. This amounts to 51,257 members in the Sacramento area. In the Roseville and Sacramento areas, we take care of 94,843 Latinx members.

Thriving in Greater Sacramento Valley
Living in the Greater Sacramento Valley, you will be within driving distance of some of California’s most popular attractions, including Lake Tahoe, Napa Valley wine country, San Francisco, and Yosemite National Park. Based in our state’s capital, our program is headquartered at our Downtown Commons Medical Offices, in the heart of Sacramento’s vibrant, emerging city center, boasting sports and entertainment at Golden 1 Center, craft breweries, coffee houses and a host of farm-to-table restaurants within walking or biking distance.

  • Location: Salud en Español, Downtown Commons Medical Offices in Sacramento; Greater Sacramento Community areas
  • Requirement: Spanish-speaking 4th year medical student or PGY2 resident and above
  • Duration: 4 weeks

Learn more about La Salud Permanente Latinx Health Elective and apply here.



Kaiser Napa-Solano and Santa Rosa/Rohnert Park accept students for third year Family Medicine clerkships. Please contact your school’s rotation coordinator to set up a rotation.

Touro University

Kaiser Napa-Solano and Santa Rosa/Rohnert Park accept students for third year Family Medicine clerkships. Please contact your school’s rotation coordinator to set up a rotation.

Stanford University

Kaiser Napa-Solano accepts students for third year Family Medicine clerkships. Please contact your school’s rotation coordinator to set up a rotation.

UC Davis

UCDavis ACE-PC students rotate at Kaiser Napa-Solano and Santa Rosa for Family Medicine clerkship.

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