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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Our intern class includes:
Our mission is to prepare residents for careers aimed at improving the health of all patients in our community:
City of Oakland has been highlighted in the New York Times “Oakland is its own town, and its cultural heterogeneity remains its greatest strength.”
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:
Wine tasting at Dr. Siu’s!
The Bay Area really does have it all! And our flexible schedule allows plenty of time to explore:
The Oakland Kaiser Internal Medicine Residency offers flexibility over your three years with ample elective time to pursue your personal career goals.
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:
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.
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: Whenalyn.P.Espinosa@kp.org
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.]