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Introduction to Integrated Health Care

Since 2013 the Introduction to Integrated Health Care (IIHC) program 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 workforce 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 offer an on-site didactic session on communication styles using the DiSC assessment tool, designed to enhance communication and teamwork. We also provide 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 will be offered twice in 2020.  The first session will be from June 1-26. The second session will be July 6-31. The first session will be offered in our medical centers in Oakland/Richmond, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Jose/Gilroy/Scott’s Valley, Vallejo, Central Valley (Modesto/Stockton/Manteca/Tracy), Greater Southern Alameda Area (San Leandro/Fremont/Hayward), Walnut Creek/Antioch, and Fresno. The second session will be offered in Oakland/Richmond, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Jose/Gilroy/Scott’s Valley, Redwood City, Central Valley (Modesto/Stockton/Manteca, Tracy), Walnut Creek/Antioch, and Fresno.  Note: locations are subject to change.

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. Students will also participate in weekly didactic and reflection sessions on Friday’s. Please indicate in your application in which session you are able to participate (Session I or Session II).

How to Apply

Applications are open to first-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 $3,250 to cover airfare, housing, and local transportation costs. In-state students may be eligible for up to $2,750.

Application Period: October 5, 2019-January 12, 2020

Program Criteria

  • Successfully completed first year of medical school 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 the complete duration of one of two sessions: June 1-26 or July 6-31
  • 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

Please note: You cannot return to this application for changes after you click the submit button. Please scroll through the entire application prior to starting. An essay, CV and letter of good standing are required.

Introduction to Integrated Healthcare Application

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Contact information:

Juan Guerra, MD
Co-program Director
Gina Gregory-Burns, MD
Co-program Director

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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

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