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Kaiser Oakland Psychiatry Sub-Internship

The 4th year psychiatry sub-internship will provide medical students the opportunity to train in our unique model of outpatient care for individuals with acute and sub-acute mental disorders. Students will spend four weeks treating one of the most diverse patient populations in the country while rotating on our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Wellness Club (WC), Outpatient Clinic (OP), and inpatient Consultation-Liaison (C-L) service. Students will hone their interviewing, diagnostic, and treatment skills through these clinical environments. They will gain experience in psychopharmacologic management, group therapy, and co-management with providers from other healthcare disciplines.

In IOP, students will work as valued members of an interdisciplinary team, providing pharmacologic intervention and co-facilitating group therapy while assessing the patient’s safety and appropriate level of care. In Wellness Club, they will work with the severely and persistently mentally ill and learn about the importance of the therapeutic milieu and case management in care delivery. In the Outpatient Clinic, students will conduct initial diagnostic interviews, develop treatment plans, and utilize crisis intervention techniques to manage acutely ill patients. On the C-L service, students will work alongside the Consults team, providing psychiatric care within the KP Oakland Hospital medical floors and emergency room.

Core faculty in our Psychiatry Residency Program will provide students with daily individual supervision. Medical students will work alongside a PGY1 resident in the IOP, WC, and OP services. They will be working alongside a PGY2 resident on the C-L service.

In addition to direct patient care responsibilities, medical students will participate in daily multidisciplinary treatment teams, daily inpatient teaching rounds, weekly didactics, monthly Grand Rounds, and the Journal Club.

More Information

To inquire about the Psychiatry Sub Internship, please e-mail

To apply, interested medical students should review our general policies and submit their completed Sub Internship application using VSLO.

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Kaiser San Jose Psychiatry Sub-Internship

Our department offers select 4-week MS4 sub-internships in a variety of settings:

  1. Adult Intensive Outpatient Program and General Adult Outpatient Clinic Hybrid
  2. Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Rotation
  3. La Salud Permanente Latinx Health Elective in Psychiatry

A psychiatry elective experience at Kaiser Permanente San Jose will provide medical students a unique opportunity to train in an integrated health care system that values the wellbeing of our patients in the heart of beautiful Silicon Valley.  Students will be exposed to a variety of patients and settings, will continue to expand medical knowledge, to develop interviewing and doctor-patient relationship skills, and to learn about system-based practices in training.  Learning in multi-disciplinary teams is a core part of training at Kaiser Permanente.  Most will work with PGY2 and PGY3 psychiatry residents as well as MS3 Boston University School of Medicine students.  There will be exposure to psychopharmacology, individual and group therapy.  We serve a diverse patient population and have a rich educational environment throughout our medical center.  Core faculty in our Psychiatry Residency Program will provide students with daily individual supervision, with opportunities for mentorship and exposure to a variety of sub-specialties in psychiatry.

We Offer Scholarships

Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) Scholarship Information

2024 URiM Diversity Scholarship Description

Students seeking sub-internship experiences at Kaiser San Jose and who are passionate about promoting diversity and eliminating healthcare disparities are encouraged to apply for a Medical Student Diversity Scholarship. To promote our medical center’s mission to enhance diversity and to help defray the costs of housing, airfare, and other expenses which can make away rotations prohibitive, Kaiser San Jose  is offering scholarships of up to $1,500 to senior medical students wishing to pursue fourth-year rotations in Family Medicine or Psychiatry at our medical center. Recipients will be selected based on their record of promoting diversity and inclusion. Thank you for your interest in our programs. We hope to hear from you soon!

More Information

To apply, interested medical students should complete and submit the Sub-Internship application using VSLO.

For further inquiries, please call 408-360-2382 or email

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