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Community Service and Advocacy

Community service and advocacy are an integral part of our Ob/Gyn residency at Kaiser Permanente at Oakland. We feel that community is defined by each individual and serving your community can have an impact whether it is helping to clean up a local school or traveling to Africa to work with traditional birth attendants. We are proud of our faculty and our residents who are committed to their greater communities and we encourage volunteerism and women’s health advocacy as a program and individuals.

For the past few years our program has participated in the Physicians Medical Forum’s “Doctors On Board Program”. This annual program is targeted to African-American students interested in becoming physicians. The students have the opportunity to network with physicians, residents and medical students. They attend workshops on the medical school admission process, securing financial aid, and mock clinics in knot tying and suturing. It is a fun and fulfilling experience for the residents  and faculty that participate.

We have had residents serve on ACOG committees including: ACOG Committee Health Care for Underserved Women, ACOG Committee for Interconception Care, ACOG Committee on American Indian/Alaskan Native Women’s Health. We also have had residents involved in ACOG leadership both regionally and nationally. Working on projects that effect women’s health on a regional or national level has found to be inspiring and rewarding for our residents.

Our residents also are active participants in a variety of committees that function within our institution including: Critical Events Team Training (in Obstetrics), Graduate Medical Education, Peer Review, OB Perinatal Patient Safety Committee (PPSP), Oakland Breastfeeding Taskforce, Regional Breastfeeding Collaborative, Family Care Unit: Family and Friends, Physician Wellness Committee, Health Connect Task Force, Pregnancy Across the Continuum: Inpatient Sub-Group, and Graduate Medical Education (GME). In this way residents learn they have a voice for themselves, their patients and the institution and have been strong advocates for change.

Residents actively participate in the annual District IX Resident Lobby Day in Sacramento to advocate for our patients and our specialty. This enables the residents to be politically active and advocate at the state level.

Many of our residents use at least one of their elective months to work internationally. We encourage sustainable interactions and these efforts are further supported by Kaiser Permanente. Click here for information about our Global Health Program. We also encourage working locally in our underserved communities during elective time and throughout residency. We have many residents and faculty that regularly mentor under-represented minority students, work at health fairs, work in youth centers, build homes and volunteer at shelters during their free time. In 2013 we partnered with a Domestic Violence Shelter and residents create and present a monthly interactive session with the women in the shelter. This lecture series has included segments so far on: cooking and healthy living, menopause education, fibroid facts, sexual health, exercise and urinary incontinence. Kaiser Permanente sponsors both residents and faculty to participate in “Rebuilding the Gulf Coast” which is a program focused on rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. We have been fortunate to have both faculty and residents chosen to participate in this incredible opportunity. Our residents have spent the day of their retreat helping to refurbish a local school which included lots of painting and planting. Additionally, many faculty members participate in local and global community service. Kaiser Permanente helps support both the faculty and residents to participate in community service. KP Cares makes it easy to review opportunities in the community that are already happening or to tell them your interests and automatically be notified of volunteer opportunities in those designated areas.

Faculty Involvement

Dr. Eve Zaritsky has taken residents with her to Peru with PINCC (Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer). She has helped to raise money for this incredible organization founded by a Kaiser Permanente physician.

Dr. Zaritsky is the Medical Co-Director of the Women’s Community Clinic in San Francisco. She is actively involved in transgender health both within Kaiser Oakland and in the community. She participated in creating our regional multi-disciplinary transgender clinic housed in Oakland.

Dr. Teresa Munoz has brought residents with her on multiple trips to Nicaragua. As a native Spanish Speaker she is dedicated to improving care for women in underserved areas. Dr. Ted Hatch and Dr. Giuseppe Ciaravino have regularly participated in gynecologic surgical missions to the Philippines and South America and invite residents from our program to join them.

Dr. Amanda Calhoun participated in an education mission to Haiti with Midwives for Haiti. She and two Labor and Delivery nurses went to teach students in Midwifery and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Dr. Calhoun and Dr. Minikel regularly participate in the annual “Doctors On Board Program” along with available residents (see details above).

Dr. Juan Guerra is the founder of Kaiser Permanente’s Salud en Espanol Module, a multi-specialty clinic for our Latino members. He also co-founded the UCSF-Kaiser Permanente Undergraduate Research Internship (URI) which provides under-represented minority premedical students a way to navigate the road to medical school.

Dr. Antonia Nicosia, a family planning specialist, joined our faculty in 2013. She is co-founder of the Ghana Medical Mission, which is a volunteer organization dedicated to working with local governments and universities to bring health care services and training to the central region of Ghana. Her goal was to create a sustainable program. Ten years later it is continuing to grow.

Transgender Health?

Kaiser Permanente Oakland is the home for the regional transgender multi-disciplinary clinic-the first of its kind at Kaiser Permanente. In collaboration with other Kaiser Permanente Northern California health care providers, Dr. Eve Zaritsky and Dr. Christie Cooksey provide longitudinal care for our transgender patient population and created a curriculum for our residents which focuses on providing comprehensive and culturally competent care for transgendered patients. Our residents are exposed to multiple areas where they can advocate for their patients and our specialty.

Oak OBGYN Preliminary Policy Summary

Did you know?

Kaiser Permanente has a program specifically aimed to support women using drugs and alcohol during pregnancy? To find out more about this program, click here.

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