Kaiser Permanente Northern California is a large tertiary care center for pediatrics, located in the heart of Oakland, California. The hospitalists serve an extremely diverse patient population and care for a highly complex patient population, comprised of general, subspecialty, and surgical pediatric patients. Our medical center is currently developing a new pediatric cardiac surgery program, expected to start in early 2019. Our mission is to train highly qualified pediatric hospitalists who not only possess a wide breadth of clinical skills, but are also passionate about patient safety, quality improvement, resident/junior learner education, and express a desire to become administrative leaders and researchers.

Program Structure

The two year soon-to-be ACGME accredited fellowship seeks to strike a balance between developing a robust hospitalist skill set and pursuing additional projects in the fellow’s particular area of interest. There are three tracts offered to our fellows, the first two involve dedicating time toward either a career in leadership or research. The third tract allows our fellows to pursue a Masters Degree in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley during the fellow’s second year of training. We are proud to maintain close working relationships with our nearby academic medical centers and our fellows are able to do both ward and PICU rotations at the UCSF Medical Center.

The fellowship curriculum is based on the ACGME and PHM competencies, with a focus on three major training areas:

  • Core Clinical Curriculum: (inpatient medicine, Wards/PICU) the goal being to teach evidence based medicine and apply this to common pediatric diagnoses as well as specialty and surgical cases. Procedural skills and effective teaching habits are also focused on during the fellows core clinical curriculum.
  • Research/Quality Improvement: fellows will be paired with one or more research mentors with a goal of completing a scholarly project or research project during their fellowship. The project will be chosen by the fellow.
  • Individualized curriculum: fellow selected electives to strengthen and broaden their education. Our fellowship offers electives in Pediatric Palliative Care, Infectious Disease, Cardiology, Neurology, Anesthesiology, Radiology, Gastroenterology, Pulmonology, Hematology-Oncology, Rheumatology, Nephrology, Transport/Sedation, Well Baby Nursery, NICU, PICU.

*Depending on which tract the fellow chooses, they will complete a total of 32 weeks core curriculum, 32 weeks of Research/Quality Improvement (or completion of an MPH program the 2nd year) and 32 weeks of individualized curriculum and 8 weeks of vacation over the 2 year fellowship.

The clinical rotations are centered at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Oakland and are actively supervised by the fellowship administration and the Pediatric Hospital Based Specialists.

However, fellows are encouraged to spend time at nearby community hospitals or academic centers if they are interested and may spend time at UCSF, Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek or San Leandro.

Career development and leadership skills will develop through clinical curriculum but also through a variety of faculty development opportunities. The fellows will run mock codes and lead monthly morbidity and mortality seminars. They will participate in the Fellows’ College with other fellows at UCSF. They will also be supported and given the opportunity to attend national conferences, including the annual PHM & AAP conferences. The fellows can attend department meetings and will be mentored on joining applicable committees with their quality improvement or career interests in mind.

Scholarship is an extremely important aspect of the fellowship, fellows will complete a scholarly project of their choice during their two year fellowship.

Some Perks

  • Competitive PGY4 & 5 salary in the beautiful Bay Area
  • Funding provided for PALS, NRP & State licensing fees
  • Funding provided for attendance at national conferences, PHM, AAP, Fellows Conference
  • Opportunity to complete MPH at Cal Berkeley with funding provided during second year

How to Apply

We are currently accepting one fellow per year via the NRMP Pediatric Specialties Fall Match, applicants will need to register for the match. To apply, you must fill out the common application located on the PHM website http://phmfellows.org/.

We begin accepting applications in July of each year and interviews will begin in September. Required Application Materials Include:

  1. Common application which includes CV and one page statement outlining applicant’s interest in PHM fellowship training at Kaiser Oakland, special interests in hospital medicine and career goals
  2. Three Letters of recommendation (one must be from applicant’s residency program director)
Send completed applications by email to:
Ritu J Patel, MD
PHM Fellowship Program Director Kaiser Oakland Medical Center
e-mail: Ritu.J.Patel@kp.org

We look forward to meeting you and helping you become the best pediatric hospitalist you can be!