Can you describe the changes expected with your new hospital?

Our new hospital opened in July 2014! We are excited to care for children in a model that emphasizes pediatric excellence as an integrated children’s care delivery hospital within a larger medical center. Our clinical cares for our inpatient, outpatient, and medical and surgical subspecialty patients will highlight child and family friendly expertise at every level and every venue. Resident training and medical education will continue to be actively integrated into all of these cares and offer opportunities for learning in a state-of- the art, dynamic, technologically advanced, and child/family friendly environment.

How have the work hours restrictions affected residency training and call in a small program?

Our residents continue to learn actively during night team coverage rotations. Each resident has night team coverage for 2 or 3 two-week blocks per year. Each night team helps cover 6 (Sun-Fri) out of every 7 nights. Saturday night teams will include residents who are on non-inpatient based rotations. Since our faculty also helps supervise and cover the night team services, our residents continue to be supervised effectively with teaching and guidance. Night team experiences exist in the ward, ED, NICU/newborn, and PICU settings. Our aim is to offer training that allows residents to focus on bedside and longitudinal learning and continuity of clinical experiences.

How much contact will I have with the faculty?

Our faculty is extremely accessible and residents work with them very closely. These terrific experiences over the longitudinal span of training foster career mentorship, guidance, innovation/ research, and a superb learning environment. Residents in many settings work one-on-one with the faculty for an entire 4 weeks block as well as throughout their residency training experiences. A core group of faculty supervise trainees in many services and focus on teaching and advising the residents in these settings. Lastly, program leadership and mentors offer individualized meetings to sharpen and steer the learning experience toward individual needs and professional goals.

Can you describe the pediatric subspecialty experiences?

Kaiser Permanente Oakland is an academic institution serving as the Northern California Regional Referral Center for most specialties including (but not limited to) hematology/oncology, endocrinology, rheumatology, genetics, metabolic disorders, and cystic fibrosis. In addition, most pediatric subspecialties are directly available at the Oakland Medical center, serving as the hub for a regional pediatric referral system, and residents have terrific opportunities to pursue possible fellowship opportunities, research interests, and sharpen their clinical skills and learning in each of these disciplines. Lastly, residents develop strong relationships with our subspecialty faculty, cultivating great streams of professional mentorship and clinical guidance both at our medical center and affiliated partner institutions.

What are the “feel” and “culture” of the program?

The residents traditionally form a very close-knit group and many consider the other residents their “extended family”. Frequent social gatherings, group outings, and picnics are often where residents can relax and spend time with one another in a non-work setting. Evaluation, improvement, and innovation is driven by our learners! Resident meetings are scheduled monthly as a platform for discussion and ongoing programmatic improvement. Small group practice meetings, special interest dinners, and board-review pizza nights are among the venues for further collaboration and learning in a more intimate setting. We also have a monthly peer support group where residents can have a protected time/space for airing concerns and thoughts. Our residents also participate in off-site overnight retreats twice a year that are supported strongly by the faculty and hospital leadership, and that serve as platforms for resident based program evaluation. Residents are active on several hospital, regional, ambulatory, and curriculum based committees, providing rich opportunities for feedback and collaboration within our oragnization’s Graduate Medical Education community.

Will I have time for a life outside of residency?

We are strong believers in attaining and sustaining a healthy work-life balance. There is time to be with your friends and family and enjoy the area. We also try to accommodate significant events and needs in your life. We believe residency is an intense time to work hard and learn in the professional environment, and should not exclude other important contributors to your well-being and personal growth.

What is Kaiser Permanente looking for in applicants?

A strong academic record is vitally important, but we are also seeking well-rounded applicants who are engaged in and excited about their education, can be team players and work well with colleagues and inter-professional staff, are dynamic individuals seeking terrific longitudinal relationships with their patients and populations, and who seek to contribute to the health of their patients as balanced, empathic, and clinically effective pediatricians.

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