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The Pediatric Residency Training Program, Kaiser Permanente Oakland
University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.

School of Public Health University of California, Berkeley

The Pediatric Residency Training Program at Kaiser Oakland offers a combined Pediatrics/Masters of Public Health (Peds/MPH) track, in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. Kaiser Permanente provides the unique opportunity to further study patient populations in a world class integrated health care delivery system with a rich, longitudinal health data repository. Residents complete similar pediatrics requirements in the first three years of training at Kaiser Oakland, with an emphasis in research, community experiences, and other specific training supported by our KP Division of Research in preparation for the MPH year at UC Berkeley. The fourth year is an academic year at UC Berkeley School of Public Health in the Integrated MPH program. Full salary support is provided at the PGY-4 level plus tuition support for the MPH degree.

Our Peds/MPH residents look forward to careers in:

  • Research in Clinical Epidemiology
  • Public Health Departments and Organizations
  • Public Health and Policy
  • Clinical Practice with a Leadership/Public Health focus

Please also see the UC Berkeley School of Public Health for more information.

There is a separate National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Code for this track: 10423320C1. Applicants to this track will also be asked to participate in a telephone interview after their interview day and to complete a supplemental application including an essay outlining interest and goals related to the Peds/MPH track. This should be submitted to trixy.bulda@kp.org by December 20, 2017.

Pediatrics / MPH Track Objectives

  • To expand the pediatric resident’s knowledge and skills beyond diagnosis and treatment of individuals to encompass community assessment and the design and evaluation of population based interventions.
  • To enhance the pediatric resident’s skills in health promotion, chronic disease management, injury prevention, and disaster preparedness.
  • To increase the pediatric resident’s knowledge and competence in the application of public health core competencies in biostatistics, epidemiology, health policy and management, and to develop an in-depth understanding of the interaction of environmental factors and social behavior on health outcomes.

Read more about how integrating health policy is integrated into our curriculum:

FAQs about the Peds/MPH Program at Oakland Kaiser

In what way is the Peds/MPH track different from the traditional categorical pediatrics track during the first 3 years of residency?

During their first 3 years, residents in the Peds/MPH track will complete the same core requirements as the categorical residents to allow them to sit for the ABP Board Exam upon completion of residency. Additional training in community-based pediatrics and advocacy training will be required in the final year and Peds/MPH residents will be introduced very early to mentors in the School of Public Health, Pediatric faculty who have a strong interest and experiences in public health and the Kaiser Division of Research.

Do Peds/MPH residents receive a PGY-4 salary during the MPH year AND have the tuition for the MPH program paid for by Kaiser?

Yes! Kaiser Oakland is 100% committed to this program’s success and is fully supportive of the Peds/MPH track.

Is there a separate application process for the Peds/MPH track?

There is a separate National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Code for this track: 10423320C1. Applicants to this track will also be asked to participate in a telephone interview after their interview day and to complete a supplemental application including an essay outlining interest and goals related to the Peds/MPH track. This should be submitted to trixy.bulda@kp.org by December 20, 2017.

If I am interested in the Peds/MPH track, do I need to apply to both the categorical pediatric residency and to the Peds/MPH track?

Peds/MPH applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to both the categorical pediatrics residency track and to the Peds/MPH track.

Is there a clinical component during the MPH year (the PGY-4 year)?

Yes. We believe it’s important for your future career to maintain your clinical skills during the PGY-4 year. An individualized schedule is crafted so as not to interfere with your MPH work and catered to future career paths. Additionally, there are opportunities to do additional clinical work in the community, elective opportunities locally and abroad, based upon the individual interests of the trainee.

Who mentors the Peds/MPH residents?

In addition to mentoring by the faculty and program directors in the Pediatric Residency Training Program, the Peds/MPH residents will meet with faculty at the School of Public Health and at the Kaiser Division of Research beginning in their intern year to establish mentors tailored to their individual interests and needs and develop mentoring relationships.

What are examples of research projects available to the Peds/MPH residents?

Kaiser Division of Research Faculty are national and international leaders in the field of clinical epidemiology with publications every year in the highest profile medical journals. We are very fortunate that the Division of Research National Office is in Oakland. A list of ongoing child and adolescent health projects (as well as links to all current projects) in the Kaiser Division of Research can be found at the Kaiser Division of Research website.

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