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Obstetrics & Gynecology Oakland

Mission Statement

Our mission is to train compassionate, skilled, and socially responsible obstetricians and gynecologists who practice thoughtful evidence-based medicine. Our program strives to advance women’s health care and health equity through advocacy, research, quality improvement, and community outreach. We are dedicated to providing excellent care to the diverse Oakland community and to engaging actively in ongoing struggles for reproductive and social justice.

We offer an academically rigorous curriculum that aims to prepare graduates with foundational knowledge and skills necessary for both generalist and fellowship career paths. Our residency is grounded in a culture of respect and support with a focus on teamwork, interdisciplinary partnerships, and professionalism. We value the pursuit of individual passions and strive to cultivate professional growth through strong peer and faculty mentorship.

Program Overview

Kaiser Permanente Oakland attracts applicants who are looking for the combination of superb academic training in clinical medicine and surgery, a diverse community of colleagues and patients and a nurturing learning environment. We are committed to offering an experience that is challenging and supportive and a curriculum that is balanced and focused on individual pursuits. Our goal is to create a broad skill set that prepares our graduates to provide outstanding health care and pursue life-long professional growth.

The “East Bay”, the greater area encompassing the cities of Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda and Richmond, is one of the most ethnically diverse places in the United States.  Over 150 languages are spoken here.  We are proud to have our patients, staff, residents, fellows and faculty reflect this diversity. Recruitment of those individuals who are traditionally underrepresented in medicine is at the core of our mission.  It is our goal to promote equity in health care for all individuals, and to eliminate disparities in health outcomes.


In 2018, we expanded our residency complement from 4 residents per year to 6 per year. The increase in our resident cohort opened clinical and surgical learning opportunities for our residents, both within the Kaiser Permanente East Bay integrated health system and through a new training partnership with Highland General Hospital (HGH), our local community hospital.  The partnership with HGH has expanded our residents’ training with additional surgical experience, trauma medicine and the opportunity to care for the most underserved and vulnerable members of our East Bay Community. With a somewhat larger residency, we are also taking advantage of creative learning opportunities, thus providing individualization of the residents’ learning experience and increased resident well-being.

Training Environment


Residents learn and provide care within Kaiser Permanente, a world leader in health care delivery and Highland General Hospital, a national leader in trauma care. This combination of experiences provides unparalleled opportunities for patient advocacy and quality improvement work in health care disparities.  We are proud of the quality of education our residents receive. They graduate as highly skilled surgeons with extensive experience in minimally invasive surgical techniques. Our obstetrics training is multidisciplinary with a full scope of teaching attendings: midwives who focus on physiologic birth, OB generalists who are experts in evidence-based labor management and perinatologists who oversee our complicated antepartum service.  Our family planning team offers the full range of contraception and abortion training. We place a priority on resident learning. Our residents have protected teaching time where our faculty use flipped classrooms, hands-on learning and simulation to enrich the learning experience.

Kaiser Permanente Obstetrics and Gynecology program in Oakland has more than 70+ full-time faculty who provide a supportive yet challenging educational environment. Residents work closely with all sub-specialists including:

  • Chronic Pelvic Pain & Vulvo-vaginal Disorders
  • Family Planning including complicated contraception and second trimester abortions
  • Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
  • Sexual Health
  • Transgender Health

In addition, we have faculty with special interests in the following areas: HIV, Vulvar Dysplasia and High Risk Breast Care. Kaiser Permanente Oakland is the regional Fetal and Placental Pathology referral center and we host Ob/Gyn residents from our other facilities to learn from our outstanding pathology colleagues.

Collaborative Care

We were the first Kaiser Permanente site, and one of the first in the nation, to create a collaborative multidisciplinary transgender clinic.  We are proud to provide equitable, compassionate and high-quality medical care to our transgender patients and their families. Our pediatric transgender clinic (PROUD) provides multi-disciplinary care for pediatric patients and their families as they transition.

We have two additional multi-disciplinary clinics.  One for women with HIV, and one for patients at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer.  These clinics offer patients a unique experience being able to see multiple specialists in one visit who have met before their appointment to review their care.  Want to learn more?   High Risk Breast Clinic and Transgender Health Care Clinic.  Additionally, our Salud En Español  clinic offers bilingual and bicultural care for our Latina population. Our residents rotate through these specialty clinics and are able to customize their experience as they become senior residents.

Teaching and Learning

Residents are involved in teaching on a daily basis.  The evidence supports that you learn the most when you teach!  We host UCSF students throughout the year for their 6-week core Obstetrics and Gynecology rotation.  Additionally, we have eight UCSF students for their entire 3rd year on our campus and we are responsible for their didactics.  This program is called the Kaiser Longitudinal Integrative Clerkship (KLIC) and these UCSF students choose our site for their third year clinical experience.  Our residency program also hosts sub-interns from medical schools across the country which leads to a robust teaching and learning environment for our residents.  To support our residents in the role of teacher the residents attend local and regional training sessions in: Communication, Feedback, Leadership and Teaching.

Kaiser Permanente Oakland is the primary site for our joint Kaiser/UCSF FPMRS fellowship with fellows who serve as mentors and surgical teachers for our residents. We are closely affiliated with the UC San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF), and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and the UCSF/UCB Joint Medical Program.


We are dedicated to our local and global community. We encourage residents to participate in volunteer activities both locally and internationally. There are numerous opportunities and the 2 elective months allow residents to create their own experiences and tailor their learning to their individual areas of interest. Click here to learn more about Elective Rotations and Community Service and Advocacy page.


We are strongly committed to providing a supportive and challenging learning environment with graduated resident responsibility. We are dedicated to providing new and innovative ways for our residents to challenge themselves and become competent and caring Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

We are extremely proud of our unique and diverse residency program and are honored to share it with you.

Laura Minikel, MD; Sarah Wilson, MD; Eve Zaritsky, MD; Maria Woods, MD and Christie Cooksey, MD


Download our Program Brochure for more information about Obstetrics & Gynecology at Oakland.

OBGYN Oakland – Program Brochure 2019-2020

A Note to 2020 Applicants

Applications are only accepted through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). To be considered for an interview, applicants are strongly encouraged to have the following uploaded to ERAS by September 15, 2019: personal statement, CV, medical school transcript, USMLE transcript and letters of recommendation from at least two clinical faculty. All materials must be received by October 1, 2019 to be considered for an interview.

We interview October through January. We offer two interview formats. The first is the traditional group interview day that occurs on Thursdays. Each applicant interviews with our program director, the Highland Site Director, two of our faculty members and one of our residents. The second format is the observational interview that occurs on Wednesdays. The applicant spends the morning observing the Labor & Delivery team in the hospital followed by interviews with the program director and one faculty member.  This is an individual interview day.

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