Since 2013 the Introduction to Integrated Health Care Program (IIHC) has successfully afforded medical students completing their first year an opportunity to experience the Kaiser Permanente integrated health care system which values technology, prevention and a diverse work force to obtain national-leading quality outcomes for its patients. Medical students will experience the health care system of tomorrow today at Kaiser Permanente and learn more about our excellent residency programs.

As an IIHC participant, you will shadow our outstanding faculty and resident physicians, including our support staff, and will be exposed to culturally-sensitive care and population-based health care. Medical students demonstrating a superior interest in community health and who seek to promote culturally-sensitive care are being sought for this very unique opportunity.

We are pleased to announce an on-site didactic session on communication styles using the DiSC assessment tool, designed to enhance communication and teamwork. We also offer a training session covering a Deliberate Practice framework, accessing and sustaining an optimized performance and learning state, and developing a commitment and meta-outcome to support student focus, intrinsic motivation and Step 1 Exam Success. The second component will focus on developing an Exam Preparation Plan and Schedule, applying learning strategies and test taking strategies to support their Exam preparation activities.

IIHC has expanded and in 2019 will be offered twice. The first session will be offered from June 3rd thru June 28th, 2019. The second session starts on July 8th and concludes August 2nd. The first session will be offered in our medical centers in Oakland, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Jose, Vallejo, Walnut Creek and Santa Rosa. The second session will be offered in Oakland, San Francisco, San Leandro, Modesto and Fresno. There will be limited clinical experiences in Oakland, Santa Clara, and San Francisco during the second session. Participants typically have all of their experiences at one medical center, but students may travel to multiple sites if they choose; transportation in the Bay Area can be challenging, so please share with us any plan to seek experiences at multiple Kaiser Permanente locations. 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 of their choice. You will also participate in weekly didactic and reflection sessions on Friday mornings. Please indicate which session you are able to participate (Session I OR Session II).

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, housing, and local transportation costs.

Application Deadline: January 25, 2019

Program Criteria:

  • Successfully completed first year of medical school in the United States and are in good academic standing (no summer make ups)
  • Demonstrated commitment and achievement in community health and culturally sensitive care
  • Must be available for Session I: June 3-28 OR Session II: July 8-August 2, 2019 in order to complete the program
  • Student traveling from out of state must make their own travel and housing arrangements for their stay in Northern California
  • Be available for a telephone pre-screening interview following completion of your application
  • Applications must include a completed essay, CV and letter of good standing from your medical school

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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