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Equity, Inclusion, Belonging & Diversity

We firmly uphold the promise of continuing development and sustenance of a clinical learning environment that regards dignity, humility and respect while providing our patients the highest quality care grounded in inclusion and cultural agility.

Our faculty and residents enter our program with the expectation of, and demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning, self-reflection, and self-awareness.  Our primary tenant is steadfast respect for those we work with and the communities from which we learn and provide medical care.

We know that representation matters, and proudly, our residents come from all walks of life. We know that teams that are diverse and include people from different backgrounds and lived experiences are most effective at creating equitable solutions. One size never fits all.

Our goal is for every moment to incorporate you into a diverse ecosystem of inclusion, belonging and opportunity. We learn from our patients and each other with every interaction.

Traditional Didactic Experiences

  • Cultural Humility, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Curriculum – Our residents participate in a multi-year interactive curriculum to learn the principles of cultural humility, address implicit bias and its impact on health, improve partnership with patients/families/communities, and develop self-reflection.
  • Advocacy Lecture Series – Throughout their time at Kaiser Oakland, our residents receive training to improve their knowledge of the local, state, and national legislative systems and the impact of legislation on healthcare. In addition, they learn the core tenants of advocacy and skills to enact change at the institutional, community, and national levels.  As both faculty and residents benefit from these trainings, these are combined with our Grand Rounds presentations. Residents lobby at both the state and national level in Sacramento and Washington D.C.
  • Grand Rounds –Residents and faculty host weekly department-wide conferences led by speakers from varied backgrounds. Given the ubiquitous nature of inequity in U.S. society and medical care, all lecturers devote a portion of their talk to address social and health disparities as they pertain to the lecture topic.

Hands-on Clinical Experiences

  • Salud en Español – Our Oakland based primary care clinic patients receive comprehensive care in their native Spanish language. Composed of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and OB/GYN providers, Salud en Español’s coordinated care has led to improved outcomes for patients with chronic morbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.
  • Alameda Health System Highland Hospital – Highland Hospital is a level 1 trauma center and county hospital located one mile from Kaiser Permanente Oakland. At Highland, our residents tend to those who lack private insurance and easy access to healthcare services.
  • Interdisciplinary Adult and Pediatrics Transitions Clinic – Located at Kaiser Oakland, this clinic includes specialties such as pediatric gynecology, gynecology, urology, plastic surgery, internal medicine, and gender therapy.  Common services include hormone initiation, surgical transition, psychological support, primary care and screening in a gender-neutral environment.
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