What is it like to do a residency at Kaiser Oakland?
Residency training at Kaiser is truly unique. Because Kaiser is a physician-driven HMO, all medical decisions are made by physicians and not by an insurance company. What this translates to for resident training is less time fighting “the system” for your patients and more time learning. Kaiser is a fully integrated medical system with an electronic medical record which leads to ease in obtaining consults and following up on recommendations and test results. Our residents benefit from managing their own panel of patients and this includes e-mails and electronic requests from patients.
Kaiser Permanente OB/GYN Residency Programs at Oakland is an academic program in a community setting which we believe provides the best of both worlds. Our facility is a regional referral center so the breadth and depth of pathology is extensive and our patient population is incredibly diverse. Our diversity in our staff, residents and patients is our strength. All of the subspecialty groups within Obstetrics and Gynecology are well represented and offer experiences that will leave the graduate confident in their skills and abilities. Our faculty are dedicated to teaching and have consistently added creative ways for our residents to learn and grow. At the end of training our graduates have an excellent foundation to practice as an obstetrician and gynecologist generalist or go on to a fellowship.
What specifically is the patient population like at Kaiser Oakland?
Oakland is one of the most diverse cities in the United States. This translates into an unsurpassed exposure to different cultures and backgrounds as well as pathology. During a clinic afternoon you may have a homeless teenager who is pregnant and then a professor at Berkeley followed by a recent immigrant who does not yet speak much English. We have excellent translation services for a variety of languages and many of our staff and residents speak languages other than English as their primary language. Approximately 10% of our obstetrical population receives their Kaiser coverage via Medi-Cal.
Is there protected teaching time?
Yes. Tuesday mornings from 9AM to 1:30PM are designated as protected teaching time. We have a curriculum plan that takes two years to complete and is based upon the CREOG learning objectives. Didactics, case-based learning, OB Olympics, GYN Olympics, surgical simulation and mock orals are all part of this training time. In addition every Thursday morning there is one of the following conferences: Obstetrics M&M, Surgical M&M, Pre-operative Conference, Radiology Conference, Resident Research Presentations and Grand Rounds. There are also noon conferences which include: Hospital Grand Rounds, Perinatal M&M, Perinatal Ultrasound and Journal Club. Every Tuesday morning there is also an hour of case-based learning for the Gynecology Team.
Is the East Bay a nice place to live?
The East Bay is one of the best places to live in the Bay Area. The temperature is moderate year round. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is available and can get you most anywhere in the Bay Area without driving. The East Bay hills abound in opportunities for outdoor activities. Exciting cultural opportunities and incredible restaurants are widely and easily available.
What is your call schedule like?
We have a night float system. Sunday through Thursday the night float covers from 8PM till 9:30AM. Friday and Saturday are traditional overnight calls (24-hour shifts) except for the interns who have 12-hour shifts. The Obstetrical Team covers from 5:30PM till 8PM so residents on other services have only weekend call approximately two to four times per month. The Obstetrical team splits the days so 2 team members stay 2 days during the week until 8PM while the other 2 days they are relieved after sign out. We call this a “day float” system.
Friday call: 5:30PM-8:00AM (day shift is on regular rotation)
Saturday call: 8:30AM-8:00AM (24 hours)
Please note: Interns work 12-hour not 24-hour shifts.
Sunday call: 8:00AM-8:00PM (12 hours)
For additional information about our program, you can download our brochure.