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Global Health/Electives & Community Service

Global Health and Electives

As a department we strive to have a culture that encourages each individual resident to pursue electives that match their interests. We feel this time is critical for self-growth, exploration, and professional development. There is one month of elective in the curriculum in the PGY-3 year. This month allows residents to pursue their academic/medical interests to meet their self-identified learning needs within women’s health care. It is common for residents to create international electives or pursue additional interests in sub-specialty areas. The electives, therefore, are arranged by the residents themselves. PGY-3’s may take advantage of the Kaiser Permanente Global Health Program. The mission of this program is to enable our clinical staff and residents to participate in medical care at various locations around the globe.

There is funding for the PGY3 elective that could include airfare/lodging. The program director must approve the rotation, Kaiser’s Global Health program must deem the site appropriate (eg. safety/resources), and together with the Director of Graduate Medical Education, you will need to verify attending supervision. Underserved sites in the United States are also eligible and are subject to the same requirements. Funding for electives within the United States is also available. We fully encourage every resident to take advantage of their elective to truly engage in the world of medicine that exists outside of what we do here in our program.

Residents in our training program have fully taken advantage of these opportunities. Over the past 10 years (2011-2021) they have participated in the following locations:

  • International electives: Nicaragua; Nepal; Zambia; Costa Rica; Guatemala; El Salvador; Kenya; Honduras; Mexico; Mali; Ecuador; Philippines; Vietnam; Botswana; India; Uganda; Colombia; Ghana; Ireland
  • Local Service electives: Visalia, CA; Modesto, CA; Lyon-Martin Transgender Clinic; Asian Health Services; Santa Maria Prison, CA
  • US based Electives: Boulder Colorado Abortion Clinic; Ped/Adol Cincinnati; HIS- Chinle, AZ; Halifax FL surgical rotation; ACOG Gellhaus Advocacy Fellowship in Washington, DC; Gyn-Onc Sloan Kettering; Gyn-Onc MD Anderson; Modesto, CA; UCSD emergency medicine; MIGS Scripps
  • OB Anesthesia; UCSF Infectious Disease; Kaiser San Rafeal; UCSF Prenatal Diagnostic; UCSF Urology; Kaiser San Ramon; Kaiser Vallejo; UCSF HIV: Chronic pain intensive; MICU; Patient Safety; Plastic/transgender medicine; Health Policy; Addiction Medicine; UCSF Genetics; Kaiser Hospital COVID Workforce

Faculty Role Modeling and Mentorship

We have many faculty who role model and mentor residents for service. They are involved in supporting local, national and international service projects.

Whenever possible faculty reach out to residents to join them on international trips, not only during elective rotations but also as part of Educational Leave. In recent years Drs. Huibonhoa, Zuber, Powell, Sklar, Cosca, O’Campo, Weiss, Mirsky, Norrell, Torrente have done work in: Guatemala; Ethiopia; Rwanda; Philippines; Haiti; Honduras; Nicaragua; and Colombia. In addition, Dr. Arlene Cosca was recently selected as the Co-Chief of Volunteerism at Kaiser San Francisco, a role that coordinates the volunteer efforts of the entire hospital community.

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