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
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:
We at Kaiser Permanente are committed to providing comprehensive, integrated care to our 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 rich 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, our teaching conferences, our clinic morning huddles, and our multi-disciplinary specialty clinics. Kaiser Permanente has also 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 program is driven by a strong commitment to education as reflected by our Curriculum and Rotation Schedule. 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.
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. We focus on both individual and population health by immersing our residents in hospital-wide quality initiatives and supporting them to work with the expansive resources available through our Division of Research. In addition, two of our residents each year pursue a Masters of Public Health in collaboration with UC Berkeley.
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 Wednesday for a wellness activity, a daily wellness message, and an emphasis on reflection of our personal values. Our program also enjoys excellent support regionally for resident wellness.