New Kaiser Permanente Medical School to Open in 2019
Recognizing that the practice of medicine in the 21st century is vastly different from the way previous generations of physicians have been trained, Kaiser Permanente and its medical groups have announced that the organization will open a new medical school in Southern California to educate future physicians. The Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine will design physician education to include how to provide health care outside of the traditional medical settings, work as multi-specialty teams to coordinate care, leverage modern technology, maximize teamwork and address the disparities in health outcomes that exist in America’s diverse communities.
“When fully realized, the school will enhance the health care provided nationwide and beyond as the newly graduated physicians bring to bear their training and knowledge wherever they choose to practice,” said Edward M. Ellison, MD, executive sponsor for the School of Medicine, and executive medical director, Southern California Permanente Medical Group. “This training will emphasize evidenced based medicine, systems of care, social determinants of health, technology, cultural competence, leadership, teamwork, and the wellbeing of both patient and physician.”
“If the American health care system is to improve, we need physicians and care providers who understand not only how to provide the most advanced medical care to patients, but also prevent disease in the first place, maximize patient safety and increase health outcomes for all,” said Robert Pearl, CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, and chair of the Council of Accountable Physician Practices. “Training the next generation of young physicians and developing physician leadership will be critical for the future health and well-being of our country. I am proud that Kaiser Permanente is leading the way.”
This new school is a natural extension of the work that Kaiser Permanente is already doing in physician training. Currently, more than 600 new physicians are completing their residency programs each year through Kaiser Permanente programs, and thousands more are learning from Permanente physicians through affiliated programs with major universities across the country.
In the release announcing this new venture, George Thibault, MD, president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation—the only national foundation dedicated to improving public health by advancing the education and training of health professionals—said, “Medical education needs to change to keep pace with the changing healthcare delivery system and changing patient needs. Kaiser Permanente is in a position to make important contributions to these changes by bringing its vast experience with teamwork, coordinated care and technology to medical education.”
Scheduled to welcome its first class of students in the fall of 2019, the planning and establishment of the new school will be led by a multidisciplinary team of physician, health plan and operational leaders, including nationally recognized care quality leader, Christine K. Cassel, MD. Recruitment for the founding dean will begin in 2016.