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Internal Medicine Oakland

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Welcome from our Program Director

Congratulations to Paniz Vafaei MD: 1st Place National ACP Poster Winner!

We are an academic community program founded over 70 years ago—the first Kaiser Residency Program in the country! A busy teaching hospital noted for clinical excellence, caring for an extremely diverse patient population in a supportive and friendly environment. You will be well prepared for fellowship training, and careers in hospital medicine, primary care, academic medicine or public health. You will love living in the center of the vibrant Bay Area with easy access to San Francisco, Napa wine Country, Berkeley, and only a few hours from Lake Tahoe.

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Internal Medicine Oakland Residency Newsletter – Fall 2018

Academic Center

  • Affiliated with the UC San Francisco School of Medicine
  • Affiliated with UC Berkeley School of Public Health
  • Affiliated with UCSF/UCB Joint Medical Program
  • Excellent Fellowship Match
  • Top rated Medicine teaching site for UCSF KLIC Medical Students
  • Affiliated with Drexel Medical School
  • Faculty Researchers dedicated to helping you reach your goals
  • Oakland Kaiser awarded as a Leapfrog Top Hospital

Our intern class includes:

Our Philosophy & Mission

Our mission is to prepare residents for careers aimed at improving the health of all patients in our community:

  • Individualize your residency experience to meet your unique passions via dedicated mentor relationships and through individually tailored residency schedules
  • Develop skills to improve the health of both the individual patient as well as of the greater community. If you are passionate about population and preventive health, you can seek additional training through the Combined IM/MPH track.
  • Prepare you to provide the same high-quality of care to patients of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, beliefs, sexual orientation, education, and socioeconomic level. Residents passionate about eliminating disparities in health care may be interested in applying to our Health Equity & Disparities track.

City of Oakland has been highlighted in the New York Times “Oakland is its own town, and its cultural heterogeneity remains its greatest strength.”

Resident Wellness

We believe that the best physicians are the happiest and most balanced physicians. We achieve work-life balance for our residents through our comprehensive residency Wellness Program, led by a dedicated Assistant Program Director:

  • Balanced schedules: Our “2+2” schedule includes one weekend day off EACH WEEK on Ward Medicine rotations
  • Twice per year residents may schedule a Wellness Half-Day to attend to personal needs (dentist, doctor visits, optometry, etc)
  • Stipends earmarked specifically for local fitness center memberships, to the tune of $720 annually!
  • Annual retreats for each class
  • Wellness lunches
  • Confidential wellness check-ins with mental health counselors
  • Regular Wellness activities: ranging from pot-lucks to pancake breakfasts, Warriors and A’s outings, hikes, dog-walking, wine tastings, happy hours, and our co-ed soccer team

Bay Area Living

The Bay Area really does have it all! And our flexible schedule allows plenty of time to explore:

  • Oakland has bountiful sunshine, beautiful parks and various outdoor land and water sports year round
  • Professional and recreational sports teams—including the 2015, 2017 and 2018 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors!!
  • Diverse and vibrant area with Michelin-star rated restaurants, numerous local jazz and music clubs, wine country, and renowned craft breweries

Training Highlights

The Oakland Kaiser Internal Medicine Residency offers flexibility over your three years with ample elective time to pursue your personal career goals.

Patient Diversity/Social Mission

Oakland is the second most ethnically diverse city in the US. In 2015, Kaiser Permanente received a #2 rating by DiversityInc as one of the “Top 50 Companies for Diversity”, and our patient population reflects this wonderful socioeconomic and ethnic diversity. Over 150 languages are spoken within our city limits. We have a very diverse case mix including Medicare/Medicaid patients and patients with Covered California (our ACA insurance), as well as care of the uninsured. It is our goal to promote equity in health care for all individuals, and to eliminate disparities in health outcomes. We are proud of the 2014 New England Journal of Medicine publication authored by investigators from Harvard and Michigan which demonstrated that Kaiser Northern California—but no other health plan– was able to eliminate disparities between blacks and whites in control of blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes by 2011. [Ayanian JZ et al. NEJM 2014; 371: 2288-2297.]

Community engagement is the reason we launched the IM Residency track in Health Equity & Disparities. Examples of community based clinics and experiences all of our residents can choose:

  • Community clinics such as Lifelong Medical (a FQHC), La Clinical de la Raza, Asian Health Services, The Malta Clinic (for uninsured or underinsured patients), Oasis Clinic and San Quentin (Care of the Incarcerated)
  • Endocrinology at San Francisco General Hospital
  • Volunteer days at community fairs/projects supported by Kaiser
  • Funded International medical rotations
  • On-site Farmer’s Market (Kaiser Oakland was the first U.S. hospital to have an on-site farmer’s market featuring food grown by local farmers)

UCSF 3rd Year Longitudinal Clerkships

Kaiser Oakland was the first non-UCSF medical center selected as a site for a 3rd year Kaiser Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (KLIC)! Since 2010, we have welcomed eight UCSF medical students who spend their entire 3rd year on our campus and interface with our residents on inpatient and ambulatory rotations.

Medical Student Rotation- Diversity Scholarships

To promote our Medical Center’s mission to enhance diversity and to help to defray the costs of housing, airfare, and other expenses, Kaiser Oakland is offers scholarships of up to $2000 to senior medical students wishing to pursue fourth year rotations in internal medicine at our campus. Recipients are selected based on their record of promoting diversity and inclusion. More information can be found on our medical student rotation page or applications can contact our Student Programs Coordinator, Lyn Espinosa for more information and for the brief application at:

Simulation & Procedure Curriculum

You will complete a hands-on simulation curriculum as part of orientation. Throughout the 3 years of training, you will have additional simulation training including:

  • Use of Sim-Man 3G to practice running codes both with your fellow residents and as part of a multidisciplinary team. Test your skills at recognizing and managing different arrhythmias, STEMIs, status epilepticus, septic shock and others
  • Inpatient – perform paracentesis, thoracentesis, lumbar puncture, central venous catheters
  • Outpatient – retinal exams and tympanic membrane evaluations, thyroid, knees, foot, hands, shoulder, spine and hips etc. This summer we are rolling out an outpatient point-of-care ultrasound curriculum.

Bedside Ultrasound Training

Kaiser Oakland faculty presented the first-of-its-kind curriculum in Bedside Ultrasound for Internal Medicine trainees at the National Conference of the Program Directors of Internal Medicine meeting in 2011, and BUS training continues to be a foundation of our program. Assistant Program Director Dr. Ingraham was a faculty lead at the National ACP Course on Point-of-Care U/S for Internists in 2018.

During new intern orientation, all interns are trained on the use of handheld U/S and the larger U/S on wheels on “live” patient actors. All ward teams have a handheld U/S, and access to larger machines on wards, in the ED, and in ICU. In addition, our dedicated BUS faculty offer special electives in advanced BUS training—a great way to enhance your experience and prepare you for a career as a Hospitalist, a procedure-based specialist, or Outpatient Medicine.

Regional and National Conferences

You can add to our history of excellence at ACP and other regional and national meetings. Since 2007, our Medical Jeopardy Team has finished 1st or 2nd five times at the Northern California meeting, and placed 4th nationally.

Other meeting highlights for our residents in past few years:

  • 2017: Dr Paniz Vafaei awarded First Place at National ACP Clinical Vignette in San Diego, CA
  • 2016: Dr Somalee Banerjee presented an oral abstract at the 76th Scientific Session of the American Diabetes Association in New Orleans LA
  • 2015: Dr. Meme Wu presented her original research at the International ACP Meeting in Toronto and the American Diabetes Association conference in Boston
  • 2015: Dr. Dharushuna Muthulingham presented her research on pneumococcal vaccinations at the National Infectious Diseases Society of America Conference
  • 2014: Drs. Lucy Liu and Somalee Banerjee won First and Second Place, respectively, in the Research Poster Competition at the ACP Conference. Dr. Liu then presented this research at the National ACP conference in Boston in 2015.
  • 2014: Kaiser Oakland’s Medical Jeopardy team finished in second place in the Team competition.

Our residents publish in peer-reviewed journals and present posters on their original research and clinical vignettes at various regional and national meetings. For more, see Research.

Quality System of Care

Kaiser has long been a leader in the use of medical technology and our 100% fully integrated electronic medical record is in the top 4% of programs nationwide! Our patient-centered system allows for easy, efficient and comprehensive patient history review that facilitates quality care. For example- as published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the death rate from heart disease among the Northern California Kaiser members is 30 percent lower than the rest of the Northern California population, adjusted for age, and gender, socioeconomic status, etc. And as mentioned elsewhere on the website, a separate 2014 New England Journal of Medicine publication demonstrated that Kaiser Northern California—but no other health plan– was able to eliminate disparities between blacks and whites in control of blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes by 2011, a feat made possible by Kaiser’s integrated high-quality systems of care. [Ayanian JZ et al. NEJM 2014; 371: 2288-2297.]

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