Program Highlights

Resident at workWhat makes us stand out?

The patient-centered medical home. Kaiser Permanente has transformed primary care through the full implementation of the medical home, and our residency has been a full partner in the process. Through the use of registries, close teamwork with the clinic staff, and cutting-edge utilization of electronic and phone visits with patients, we have seen patient satisfaction, physician satisfaction, and quality measures improve. As a NCQA-recognized PCMH level III, we believe training in this setting allows each resident to learn the best medical practices, which can be utilized in all practice settings.

Unopposed program that is strongly supported by a large organization designed around the family physician. Here, the role and importance of the family doctor is the central part of patient care.

Devoted faculty members have diverse backgrounds and interests, and maintain clinical practices to keep their own skills sharp and current. The small size of this group ensures dedicated commitment to the residency.

Teen Pregnancy and Parenting Clinic. Residents get longitudinal and continuity experience during the second and third year in this clinic that serves primarily underserved populations. Combination of adolescent medicine, prenatal care, obstetrics, and pediatrics — true family medicine. There is a team approach to care with an experienced nurse, dietician, and social worker in addition to the family practice attendings and residents.

Education mission is primary. Our residency program prioritizes educational opportunities over heavy patient loads. This means there is time left for didactics and you can work with your attending to choose which cases represent the best learning experience for you. You also have the opportunity to select a track in an area of concentration as you progress through our program, allowing you the opportunity to focus on your primary medical interests.

Longitudinal training. Training at Kaiser Permanente differs from the traditional "block" model employed at many residency programs. Instead of focusing exclusively on one service or specialty each month, our trainees see patients in clinics, provide inpatient OB and IM care, treat urgently sick patients, care for a geriatric panel, and participate in rotating sets of specialty experiences.

Pharma Free. Our internal pharmacy and therapeutics committee reviews and screens all new pharmaceuticals. Pharmacy representatives are not allowed to speak directly to staff, and our program does not permit direct interactions with pharmaceutical industry.

Abortion training. As a RHEDI grant site, all residents participate in a rotation at Planned Parenthood and a small private clinic to train in counseling, early dating ultrasounds, and medical and surgical abortions. Residents may opt out of the provision of abortion. Additional training is available at Kaiser Permanente and at other sites for those interested in more experience.

Industry leader in health informatics & population care. With an excellent electronic medical record and secure website for patients to access parts of their own record — including test results, prescription refills, patient instructions, and e-mail to providers and team — Kaiser Permanente is unsurpassed. The organization also has international recognition in chronic disease management and preventive guidelines based on evidence-based medicine with both national and institutional research.

Close working relationships between residents and faculty in the clinic, inpatient settings, didactics, advising, program operations, and curriculum. We have frequent one-on-one precepting with family practice and behavioral science faculty to enhance clinical skills and optimize the doctor-patient relationship.

Strong relationships with all of our specialty clinics for rotations, ongoing support, and consultations.

Wide age, gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of our patient population. We have excellent training at two residency clinic training sites in caring for babies, children, teenagers, and adults of all ages, including nursing home and hospice patients. Group health patients include those insured by Medicare and Medicaid. We also have opportunities to volunteer with global health and local community clinics for the underserved. Ethnic minorities under our care include Somali, Eritrean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Mexican, and others. Patients who are not fluent in English are routinely provided with a translator for their visit.

Minor operating room clinic. Attended by a family practice attending within the general surgery clinic, residents get excellent training as they evaluate and excise lesions referred to the surgery clinic by their family physicians.