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With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, our country’s health care system will continue to evolve. One of the major stipulations from the ACA is that traditionally under-served groups will now have health coverage. It is imperative for institutions that have shown a long-term commitment to quality health care and to serving underserved communities to collaborate like never before. To this end, the Kaiser Permanente Introduction to Integrated Health Care Program, affords medical students completing their first year an opportunity to be exposed to an integrated health care system that values technology, prevention and a diverse work force to obtain quality outcomes for its members. We would like to introduce rising second year medical students to the health care system of tomorrow and expose them to our excellent graduate medical education opportunities.

The program will be offered from June 4 thru June 29, 2018. Applicants are asked to state their current interests in medicine and express their current involvement in serving diverse communities. They will be paired with physician mentors in various clinical settings. Weekly didactic and reflection sessions are offered. This program was piloted in 2013 with visiting medical students from the University of Illinois, an institution that values work force diversity.

Culturally-sensitive care and population-based health care are topics of emphasis in The Kaiser Permanente Introduction to Integrated Health Care Program. Students demonstrating a superior interest in primary care and contributing to advancements in culturally-sensitive care are being sought.

How to Apply

Applications are now open to 1st year medical students that are seeking an opportunity to learn from the largest integrated health care delivery system in California. Students traveling from out of state may receive a travel stipend of up to $3,000 to cover airfare and housing.

Application Deadline: January 26, 2018

Program Criteria:

  • Be a first year medical student in good academic standing (no summer make ups)
  • Demonstrated commitment and achievement in community health and culturally sensitive care.
  • Must be available June 4-29, 2018 in order to complete the program.
  • Students traveling from out of state must make their own travel and housing arrangements for their stay in Northern California.
  • Be available for a pre-screening interview via phone.
  • This completed application including an essay and cv are required.

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Contact information:

Juan Guerra, MD
Program Director
Phone: (510) 752-6073

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This was a wonderful experience and I am so glad this is what I decided for my summer program. Everyone was so supportive and positive. All of the staff were so nice and loved teaching. I had such an amazing time and learned so much. I feel so much more prepared for my rotations in third and fourth year. I am so grateful that I was able to take this opportunity. Thank you so much and I can’t wait to come back to Kaiser for an away rotation or even residency.

2016 Participant