Welcome Message from our Residency Program Director

Welcome to our pediatric residency home page and many thanks for your interest in our training program at Kaiser Permanente Northern California. Our teams are dedicated to providing the highest quality care to our patients and communities, as they offer a dynamic academic and clinical learning environment for our pediatric resident and student learners. Our mission is to train and support superb clinicians and child advocates and we aim to cultivate future leaders in our field who are dedicated to exceptional care delivery for pediatric patients. The Kaiser Permanente East Bay medical campus serves as a center of pediatric excellence for an incredibly diverse patient population. Our residency program strives to offer a platform to further develop and sharpen skills in all clinical venues, engage in inquiry and scholarly endeavors, participate in and lead through innovation, and strengthen our contributions to our communities. Through the talents of our residents, faculty, and organization, we are committed to offer an experience that is challenging and nurturing, a curriculum that is balanced overall and focused on individual pursuits, and the tools for a broad skill set that prepares the graduate for providing outstanding health care and life-long professional growth.

Along with our entire department, I am extremely proud of our unique residency program and welcome the opportunity to share it with you!

Rebecca Chasnovitz, MD
Pediatric Residency Program Director

Our Philosophy

We provide academic training within a world-class health care organization for a large and diverse patient population. Our program fosters the professional and personal development of our residents in an integrated, scholarly, and supportive, health care delivery system. We offer residents a setting that nurtures individual pursuits, highlights patient-centered care in a robust team environment, and values resident autonomy and critical thinking skills.

We follow patients longitudinally through all aspects of the continuum of care, giving trainees exposure to principles of population management, evidence-based medicine, quality improvement, and team-based acute and chronic care—the cornerstones of Kaiser Permanente medicine since it was founded.

Our Residents

Residents enter our program from medical schools across the country with terrific strength and diversity in their individual achievements, talents, and experiences! Residents enjoy an environment that fosters teamwork, an intimate setting for learning, and a wonderful “esprit de corps” ( for more: see Our Residents).

Our team of residents consists of 10 residents per year and two 4th year chief resident/junior faculty. We also offer the Peds/MPH program, with two residents selected per year to complete their MPH in their fourth year of training. Our program expanded to 10 residents per year in 2015-2016, allowing for further development of clinical and educational opportunities for learners in our program.

Kaiser Permanente in Northern California has enjoyed success in Pediatric Residency Training since 1957 and has a proud tradition of excellence in the development of pediatricians in nearly every setting! Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in a variety of disciplines spanning the breadth of pediatrics and health care. Our pediatric department also is home to a successful fellowship training program in Hospital Based Pediatrics. Our East Bay medical center also trains residents in Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Head and Neck Surgery, Podiatry, and General Surgery (UCSF East Bay).

Unique Program Highlights

Clinical Experiences and Diversity

Kaiser Permanente’s mission to provide total health has long focused on excellence in the clinical environment through quality care, supporting research to innovate and advance care, and nurturing medical education across the continuum of learning to sustain care. The organization has also long prioritized excellence in the patient care environment through diversity in the clinical experience and in our communities. Oakland has been recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the US. Over 150 languages are spoken within our city limits. With the backdrop of our non-profit organization’s incredible outreach and commitment, our residents experience this through their clinical and community experiences.

Education, Curriculum, and Teaching

Our program is driven by a strong commitment to education as reflected by our Curriculum and Rotation Schedule. Cultivating teaching skills in all environments is a priority and all of our residents engage in teaching activities across the continuum of learning. In addition to our annual regional workshop on residents as teachers all senior residents participate in a teaching rotation. All of our residents work closely with medical students. Our medical center shares a wonderful partnership with the University of California San Francisco to help cultivate undergraduate medical education experiences, serving as a rotation site for 3rd year medical students to complete their pediatric clerkship, as well as the unique Kaiser Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (KLIC) program, where eight UCSF medical students spend their entire 3rd year of medical school completing pediatric experiences and other required clerkships on our medical campus. We also work closely with 4th year students coming from across the country for a variety of clinical experiences with our teams.

Leadership and Communication

Each year, our residents gain additional training in leadership and teaching skills. The focus each year is as follows:

  • R1 – Communication and Quality Improvement training
  • R2 – Clinical Teaching Program (Residents as Teachers)
  • R3 – Leadership Skills / Business of Medicine

Regional and local opportunities are ample and encouraged for residents to participate in committees and group work related to medical education, health information management, patient safety, professionalism, advocacy, and resident wellness.

Community Pediatrics

Our commitment to serving our communities and population is a key part of the fabric of our organization and our educational mission. Cultural awareness, awareness of social determinants of health, cultivating sustainable collaborations, advocacy, caring for the underserved, and community engagement are vital to our learners. Each resident is offered a longitudinal community experience throughout their training via the Kaiser Pediatric REACH program.

Global Health

Training in International Pediatrics and Global Health is actively encouraged in our program, with attention to curriculum, outcomes, and sustainable contributions. The KP Global Health Program facilitates rotations at Kaiser affiliated medical centers in various global areas. Residents have also completed experiences in a variety of international and domestic settings that develop skills that are applicable abroad and at home, and prepare trainees for future careers. Support for residents is available through stipends and individualized curriculum development. Read more about our resident global heath experiences here.

Research Opportunities

Kaiser Permanente has long had a rich and proud tradition of prioritizing meaningful research as a major component of its health care and educational mission. In 2015-2016, we have introduced new longitudinal didactic and small group learning geared toward training in clinical research. Research opportunities and training are actively available for our residents and these experiences are encouraged. Several of our residents are involved with research projects. Kaiser Permanente Northern California is home to our world class Division of Research. The DOR was founded in 1961, and today its staff of over 400 is actively involved with over 220 active research projects. The DOR and our residency programs have a wonderful established relationship, and residents who require access to patient databases, statistics, assistance with manuscript preparation, and other analytical services are supported by expertise at our DOR for assistance in project planning, data collection and processing. More information about the DOR can be found at www.dor.kaiser.org. Whether engaging in research for the first time or with previous experience, interested residents may participate in supported research courses, designed to give trainees the skills that they need to develop and engage in various research or investigative pursuits. Residents wishing to pursue their work further are encouraged to engage in more in-depth research experiences as well as pursue longitudinal projects. Strong support is provided for residents to actively present their work via posters and presentations at national meetings.

Quality, Technology, and Our Health Care

Kaiser’s excellence in quality health care and quality improvement are highlighted with didactic and practical training during residency. From understanding population management through childhood vaccination rates to quality improvement at the bedside, residents are actively involved in improvement initiatives and patient safety in all areas during their training. Small group activities and attention to quality improvement methods and tools are actively encouraged within our clinical learning environment and culture.

Kaiser has consistently been a leader in the use of medical technology and our fully integrated electronic medical record is nationally recognized! Kaiser Permanente has long been a leader in the use of medical technology and our 100% fully integrated electronic medical record is in the top 4% of programs nationwide! Our patient-centered system allows for easy, efficient and comprehensive patient history review that facilitates quality care. Patients may actively communicate advice questions with resident providers via secure e-mail messaging, connect with providers via video links, and send photos of their child’s rashes or concerns directly into their electronic chart for their resident physician to follow.

“When people talk about the future of health care, Kaiser Permanente is often the model they have in mind.”
New York Times, March 2013

Read more about Kaiser Permanente here.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Trixy Bulda, GME Coordinator.