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Pediatrics Oakland

Program Director Welcome

Welcome, and thank you so much for your interest in our program! When I first joined Kaiser Permanente in Oakland as a resident, I felt like I had found my professional home. I stayed on as faculty, then Associate Program Director, and am now proud to serve as Program Director to my residency family. We have been training residents for over 60 years, and our physicians have the incredible privilege to care for the diverse population of Oakland and the East Bay. I invite you to explore our website, visit us, and reach out to a resident or faculty member to ask them about their experience. We truly believe that Kaiser Permanente is one of the best places to work and to learn.

Rebecca Chasnovitz, MD, Residency Program Director, Pediatrics

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

Our Mission & Values

Our mission is to train leaders who have a meaningful impact on the health and wellbeing of all children and their families, and to support our residents in maintaining lifelong personal and professional fulfillment.

In line with this mission, we would like to share our core values as a program:

High-Quality Integrated Care

We at Kaiser Permanente are committed to providing comprehensive, integrated care to our diverse community of patients. Our unique integrated model encompasses newborn, primary care, in-house pharmacy, laboratory, and radiology services, and our inpatient, intensive care, and subspecialty teams. We all work together to provide exceptional care to our patients. In this dynamic environment, our Kaiser residents gain daily practice in excellent face-to-face communication, warm hand-offs, and continuity across the continuum of care. This team approach can be seen in our inpatient family-centered rounds, teaching conferences, clinic morning huddles, and multi-disciplinary specialty clinics, and 100% fully integrated electronic medical record. We also strongly support scholarship that focuses on both individual and population health by immersing our residents in hospital-wide quality initiatives and by supporting residents in research projects. Our residents have access to the expansive resources available through our nationally recognized Division of Research as well as two dedicated research coordinators locally and frequently present their work at national meetings. In addition, two of our residents each year pursue a Masters of Public Health in collaboration with UC Berkeley.

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Oakland Medical Center is the pediatric referral center for Kaiser Permanente Northern California, providing the full breadth of specialties and services for our patients and a rich learning environment for our residents. Our program is driven by a strong commitment to education as reflected by our Curriculum and Rotation Schedule and innovative 3+1 scheduling. Our residents gain training in teaching and leadership alongside the 14 other residency programs housed within Kaiser Permanente Northern California as part of our annual regional GME workshops. In addition, all of our pediatric residents participate in a senior teaching rotation. We value teaching across the learner continuum, from our 3rd year medical students from the University of California San Francisco completing their core pediatric clerkship or the Kaiser Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (KLIC) program, to our 4th-year sub-interns rotating from across the country, to our Pediatric Hospital Medicine fellows.

Resident Well-Being

Our program believes that we are best able to empathize with and care effectively for our patients when we take care of ourselves and each other. In 2015, we started an integrated wellness curriculum that continues to evolve with active resident participation and leadership. The curriculum includes a half-hour every Thursday for a wellness activity, peer mentor families, and an emphasis on reflection of our personal values guided by the Life Values Inventory. Our program also enjoys excellent support regionally for resident wellness.


Diversity, equity and inclusion are core values of our pediatric residency program and Kaiser Permanente. In our residency, we have the privilege of caring for one of the most diverse patient populations in the country. We remain mindful of healthcare disparities that exist in our society and are committed to providing respectful and equitable care for all of our patients. Our residents engage in community-based partnerships through our REACH program. We seek residents with a wide variety of life experiences, especially those who come from backgrounds that have been historically under-represented in medicine. We provide mentorship for our diverse residents as well as opportunities for residents to mentor local high school, college and medical students to improve the pipeline of health care providers from under-represented backgrounds.

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