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 air fare/lodging. The program director must approve the rotation, Kaiser’s Global Health program must deem the site appropriate (eg for 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 in these cases is also available. We fully encourage every resident to take advantage of this opportunity to truly engage in the world of medicine that exists in so many fascinating forms outside of what we do here in our program.
Graduates from our training program over the past 8 years (2011-2018) have fully taken advantage of these opportunities:
- International electives: Nicaragua (3); Nepal; Zambia; Costa Rica; Guatemala; El Salvador; Kenya (6); Honduras (3); Mexico (2); Mali (2); Ecuador (4); Philippines; Vietnam; Botswana; India; Uganda; Colombia; Ghana; Ireland
- Local Service electives: Visalia, CA; Modesto, CA; Lyon-Martin Transgender Clinic; Asian Health Services
- 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
- OB Anesthesia (3); 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
Faculty Role Modeling and Mentorship
Dr. Diane Sklar is faculty lead for our entire medical center in San Francisco for Community Service. Our partners in San Francisco include Project Homeless Connect, Larkin Street, Enterprise Program for high schools, Homeless Prenatal Project, Jewish Vocational Services, and Curry Senior Center. Residents are encouraged to participate in Project Homeless Connect days. We have broad active support from faculty, including Drs. Hedley, Cosca, Littell, Tan, Morrill, Chan, Torrente, Regenstein, Hall, Kendrick, and Ogawa who are also involved in supporting these local and national service projects, as well as others: Green World Health Net, Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center Free Clinic; local food banks; community classes on bladder health; FunbiChoco; and local Park and Rec projects.
Below is a brief summary of some of the international projects our faculty have participated in on their own time in the past few years. 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.
International missions: Dr. Amy Huibonhoa- Guatemala (GoMomsGoGyns); Dr. William Zuber- Ethiopia; Dr. Bethan Powell- Rwanda (International Organization for Women, Fistula Team); Dr. Diane Sklar- Guatemala; Dr. Arlene Cosca- Philippines (Camarines Norte)
Surgical missions: Dr. Jaime O’Campo- Philippines (Philos Health); Dr. William Zuber- Honduras; Ethiopia (Project Mercy); Dr. Erica Weiss- Philippines; Dr. Bethan Powell- Rwanda (International Organization for Women, Fistula Team); Dr. Raya Mirsky- Philippines; Dr. Diane Sklar- Nicaragua; Guatemala; Dr. Arlene Cosca- Guatemala (Hospital de la familia); Philippines (Camarines Norte); Dr. Laura Norrell- Haiti (Midwives for Haiti)
Surgical missions: Dr. Diane Sklar had two separate trips to Nicaragua and Guatemala; Dr Arlene Cosca worked in the Philippines; Dr. Sandra Torrente worked in a remote indigenous village of Colombia.
Surgical missions: Dr. Diane Sklar had two separate trips to Uganda and Guatemala; Dr Arlene Cosca worked in Guatemala; Dr. Bethan Powell worked in Rwanda.
Surgical missions: Dr. Arlene Cosca worked in the Philippines; Dr. Steven Masters worked in Bolivia; Dr. Diane Sklar had two separate trips to Nicaragua and Bolivia; Dr. Sandra Torrente worked in Colombia; Dr. Bethan Powell worked in Rwanda; Dr. Erica Weiss worked in the Philippines
Surgical missions: Dr. Diane Sklar had two separate trips to Nicaragua and Bolivia. Dr. Erica Weiss worked in the Philippines; Dr. Arlene Cosca worked in Guatemala; Dr. Laurie Miller worked in Nicaragua; Dr Powell worked in Rwanda.