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Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Oakland

Dear Prospective Residency Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in our program. Our mission is to train highly skilled, compassionate and culturally-responsive Otolaryngologists who will become future leaders. Our program was founded in 1969, and we are proud to foster a rigorous yet collaborative learning environment in Oakland and the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the most dynamic regions in the country.

Our residents graduate with over 3,000 surgical cases (the national average is ~2,000), learning from generalists and fellowship-trained faculty members in each sub-specialty.  Our residency program is based at the Kaiser Permanente (KP) Oakland Medical Center, which serves as a tertiary referral center for KP Northern California’s 4.5 million members. Kaiser Permanente has a long history and has developed into one of the largest healthcare organizations in the country and one of the best healthcare employers.

Our residents’ clinical rotations are designed for educational value, rather than service needs. Clinical research and quality improvement projects are an integral part of the curriculum, with four months dedicated to these endeavors. Resident projects are supported by the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, the largest non-University based epidemiology research group in the country.

We respect and celebrate all forms of diversity. Our Oakland community is one of the most diverse in the nation, and we are committed to recruiting a diverse group of residents. We also support our local and global communities through outreach and medical mission trips.

Approximately half of our graduates pursue fellowships, and our alumni thrive in a diverse mix of specialties and practice settings. We take great pride in our program and the accomplishments of our residents and faculty, highlighted in our newsletter. Thanks for visiting and please feel free to contact us with any questions.


Nancy Jiang, MD
Department Chair

Benjamin Malkin, MD
Program Director

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Kaiser Permanente and the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery affirm our dedication to promoting a diverse and inclusive residency training environment. We value the importance of culturally-effective care rooted in appropriate cultural humility. We strive to encourage awareness of equity and inclusion issues through education and diverse recruitment. This is an ongoing and enduring commitment and we understand our vital role in the institution of polices that further advocate for persons of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds,  socioeconomic status, religion, gender identity and sexual orientation. We pledge to lead by example to educate and mentor resident physicians who will promote these values to practice the highest quality patient care.

Important Links

Clerkships for senior medical students

SCORE (Summer Clinical Otolaryngology Research Experience) Program

Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine

The Fidelia Butt Memorial Medical Mission Scholarship

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