Internal Medicine Oakland - Kaiser Permanente Undergraduate & Graduate Medical Education Northern California (2023)

Our Philosophy & Mission

Our mission is to prepare residents for careers aimed at improving the health of all patients in our extremely diverse community. To do this we:

  • Individualize your residency experience to meet your unique passions via dedicated mentor relationships and through individually tailored residency schedules
  • Develop your skills so you can improve the health of both the individual patient as well as of the greater community. If you are passionate about population and preventive health, you can seek additional training through theCombined IM/MPH track.
  • Prepare you to provide the same high-quality of care to patients of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, beliefs, sexual orientation, education, and socioeconomic level. Residents passionate about eliminating disparities in health care may be interested in applying to our.

The City of Oakland has been highlighted in theNew York Times: “Oakland is its own town, and its cultural heterogeneity remains its greatest strength.”

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Our intern class includes:

  • 9 categorical interns (traditional 3-year track)
  • 2 categorical Internal Medicine/Master of Public Health (IM/MPH) interns
  • 2 categorical interns
  • 6-7 preliminary interns

Program Highlights

The Oakland Kaiser Internal Medicine Residency offers flexibility over your three years with ample elective time to pursue your personal career goals.

Academic Excellence

We are an academic community program founded over 70 years ago—the first Kaiser Residency Program in the country! A busy teaching hospital noted for clinical excellence, caring for an extremely diverse patient population in a supportive and friendly environment. You will be well prepared for fellowship training, and careers in hospital medicine, primary care, academic medicine, or public health. You will love living in the center of the vibrant Bay Area with easy access to San Francisco, Napa Wine Country, Berkeley, and only a few hours from Lake Tahoe.

  • Fellowship Match success: Since 2015, 90% of Kaiser Oakland residents have matched into their 1stor 2ndchoice program for fellowships at competitive programs across the country.
  • Fellowship programs: In conjunction with our Kaiser Northern California residencies, we sponsor fellowships in Pulmonary-Critical Care, HIV, GI, Oncology, Nephrology, Community Medicine, Patient Safety, and Addiction Medicine.
  • ABIM Board Success: Since 2014, 97% of graduates have passed the ABIM exam on their first attempt (as compared to national averages of 88-92%), and the Program Director edits the First Aid for the Internal Medicine Exam Board Review book!
  • Scholarly achievements: Our 3-year programs in research and QI have led to numerous presentations and awards for Kaiser Oakland residents at local and national conferences. Check out our list of recent publications, presentations, and awards in research and QI!
  • Distinction in Medical Education KORE pathway
  • Medical Student teaching: Over 60 medical students rotate with us annually, and Kaiser Oakland is the first site UCSF added when they expanded the Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum (LIC) model and required sub-internship rotations. Our program affiliations include:e:
    • UC San Francisco School of Medicine and the UCSF KLIC Program
    • UC Davis and the ACE-PC program
    • UC Berkeley School of Public Health
    • UCSF/UCB Joint Medical Program
    • Drexel Medical School
    • California Northstate University Medical School

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Olivia Kizzee, Finalist ACP Vignette Competition

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Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Mission

Oakland is the second most ethnically diverse city in the US. In 2015, Kaiser Permanente was rated by DiversityInc as one of the “Top 50 Companies for Diversity”, and our patient population reflects this wonderful socioeconomic and ethnic diversity. Over 150 languages are spoken within our city limits. As of2021, 21% of our patients are Black, 20% Asian Pacific Islander, 17% Latino, and 2.5% mixed or Native American. Among our members who chose to self-identify gender, 12% identify as transgender. We have a very diverse case mix including Medicare/Medicaid patients and patients with Covered California (our ACA insurance), as well as care of the uninsured. It is our goal to promote equity in health care for all individuals and to eliminate disparities in health outcomes. We are proud of the 2014 New England Journal of Medicine publication authored by investigators from Harvard and Michigan which demonstrated that Kaiser Northern California—but no other health plan– was able to eliminate disparities between blacks and whites in control of blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes by 2011. [Ayanian JZ et al. NEJM 2014; 371: 2288-2297.] Hear more from our program residents and faculty about a recent Black History Month celebration in this video. Four minutes into this 11-minute video, residents Raleigh Fatoki and Olivia Kizzee are featured, followed by Outpatient Teacher-of-the-Year Dr. Lloyd Stockey and then Assistant Program Director Dr. Nailah Thompson.

In the Oakland IM Residency program, we are committed to stamping out racism and illuminating and eliminating the structural racism that exists in our communities. We firmly believe that diversity is excellence and we are committed to recruiting and training residents who share this mission. Read elsewhere on the website about the Medical Student Diversity Scholarships available for qualified sub-interns.

Community engagement is the reason we launched the IM Residency track in. Examples of community-based clinics and experiences all our residents can choose:

  • Community clinics such as Lifelong Medical (a FQHC), La Clinical de la Raza, Asian Health Services, The Malta Clinic (for uninsured or underinsured patients), Oasis Clinic, Native American Health Center, and San Quentin (Care of the Incarcerated)
  • Advocacy and community education at Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS), an organization that assists our community’s most vulnerable
  • Volunteer days at community fairs/projects supported by Kaiser
  • Pipeline mentoring with local middle and high schools and through SNMA and LMSA
  • FundedInternational medical rotations
  • On-site Farmer’s Market (Kaiser Oakland was the first U.S. hospital to have an on-site farmer’s market featuring food grown by local farmers)

Resident Wellness Program

We believe that the best physicians are the happiest and most balanced physicians. We achieve work-life balance for our residents through our comprehensive residency Wellness Program, led by a dedicated Assistant Program Director:

  • Balanced schedules: Our schedule includesone weekend day off EACHWEEK on Ward Medicine rotations
  • Twice per year residents may schedule a Wellness Day to attend to personal needs (dentist, doctor visits, optometry, etc.)
  • Stipends earmarked specifically for local fitness center memberships, to the tune of $720 annually!
  • Annual retreats for each class
  • Resiliency small group sessions: facilitated debriefing on the challenges residents face (staying connected to family; handling grief and death; ways to prevent burnout, etc)
  • Confidential wellness check-ins with mental health counselors, with access to multiple mental health professionals within and outside of the Kaiser network
  • Regular Wellness activities ranging from potlucks to pancake breakfasts, Warriors and A’s outings, sock exchanges, hikes, bike rides, dog-walking, wine tastings, pick-up basketball, and happy hours
  • Women in Medicine gatherings led by faculty and residents, ranging from career advice sessions to informal book clubs and wine tastings to formal research presentations through the American Medical Women’s Association
  • Ask us about our Resident Wellness Passport and our new Lifestyle Medicine curriculum!

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Global Health rotations

As the world we live in becomes “smaller” – there are an increasing number of career opportunities in international health. Our Global Health program is led by Dr. Somalee Banerjee, MD, MPH, a former graduate of the KP Oakland IM Residency who has extensive experience in academic global health. In addition to her clinical duties as a Kaiser Oakland Hospitalist, Dr. Banerjee is the Senior Research Fellow at Neerman, a public health/health systems research firm in India. A formal global health curriculum based on global ethics and comparative health systems study will form the basis of a global health certificate for residents in the Global Health Path.

Stimulated by their experiences in residency, several residents have pursued academic Global Health careers, such as Dr. Zena Salim’s Global Health fellowship at UCSF and Dr. Esme Cullen’s Epidemiology research fellowship at Harvard.

In addition to working with programs that Kaiser Permanente has a strong affiliation with, such as the Matibabu Clinic in Kenya and The University Teaching Hospital in Zambia, numerous opportunities exist to tailor international experiences to your interests. Our residents have rotated in places as varied as Vietnam, South Korea, Columbia, Taiwan, Cambodia, Belize, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and China. You will have the opportunity to learn and teach fellow residents and faculty about various Global Health issues including, but not limited to, providing health care in low resource settings, the different disease burdens outside of the developed world as well as how globalization affects health. Funding is available for international rotations.

Read about one resident’s journeyhere.

(Video) HILLARY CAMPBELL 2013 Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education

Kaiser Oakland faculty presented the first-of-its-kind curriculum in Point-of-Care Ultrasound for Internal Medicine trainees at the National Conference of the Program Directors of Internal Medicine meeting in 2011, and POCUS training continues to be a foundation of our program. Assistant Program Director Dr. Ingraham was a faculty lead at the National ACP Course on Point-of-Care U/S for Internists course and with the Society of Hospital Medicine and is the Kaiser Permanente Northern California lead Hospitalist for Point-of-Care Ultrasound teaching.

During new intern orientation, all interns are trained on the use of handheld U/S and the larger U/S on wheels. All ward teams have a handheld U/S, and access to larger machines on wards, in the ED, and in ICU. In addition, our Primary Care APDs and ED faculty will teach residents to use U/S to perform evaluations of retinal, tympanic membranes, thyroid, knees, foot, hands, shoulder, spine, and hips, etc.

Residents seeking additional proficiency can pursue the Advanced U/S elective with our dedicated POCUS faculty—a great way to enhance your experience and prepare you for a career as a Hospitalist, a procedure-based specialist, or Outpatient Medicine.

In addition to ultrasound, Kaiser Oakland residents will receive hi-fidelity training using the Sim-Man 3G machine to practice running codes, rapid responses, sepsis, and stroke alerts, and critical event training. During orientation and interspersed during residency, interns will use simulation mannequins to solidify their procedural skills for paracentesis, thoracentesis, lumbar puncture, and central venous catheter placements

Bay Area Living

The Bay Area really does have it all! And our flexible schedule allows plenty of time to explore:

  • Oakland possesses a unique mix of vibrant urban lifestyles with quick access to nature. Foodies will love the Michelin-star restaurants, explosion of craft breweries, quick access to Napa wineries and Tahoe skiing. Night life boasts a vibrant music and club scene, and outdoors enthusiasts in the residency regularly take advantage of over 100 miles of East Bay trails for hiking, biking, and ultra-running just a couple of miles from the medical center.
  • And don’t forget about the professional and recreational sports teams—including 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2022 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors!!

(Video) Kaiser Permanente Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency at Oakland

State-of-the-Art Health Care Delivery Model

Kaiser has long been a leader in the use of medical technology and our 100% fully integrated electronic medical record is the envy of programs nationwide! When COVID first struck and in-person visits to clinic were postponed, our residency program was prepared. Almost overnight we were able to flip the switch and conduct meaningful video visits with patients to maintain their health. Our patient-centered system allows for easy, efficient, comprehensive, and high-quality care. For example, as published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the death rate from heart disease among the Northern California Kaiser members is 30 percent lower than the rest of the Northern California population, adjusted for age, gender, socioeconomic status, and other common variables.

Residents at Kaiser Oakland will practice in new clinics and hospital buildings featuring the latest advances in technology, private rooms for patients, and individual iPhones for residents which are fully loaded with a HIPAA-protected EMR. Come find out why President Obama sent a team to Kaiser Oakland to learn about the Kaiser model prior to designing The Affordable Care Act!

Medical Student Rotation - Diversity Scholarships

To promote our Medical Center’s mission to enhance diversity and to help to defray the costs of housing, airfare, and other expenses, Kaiser Oakland offers scholarships of up to $2,000 to senior medical students wishing to pursue fourth year rotations in internal medicine at our campus. Recipients are selected based on their record of promoting diversity and inclusion. More information can be found at the section on Medical Students Diversity Scholarships

(Video) Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Internal Medicine Residency Program Virtual Tour


How many internal medicine residency programs are there in California? ›

There are 53 Internal Medicine programs in California.

Can you do residency at Kaiser? ›

The Kaiser Permanente (KP) Northern California Nurse Residency Program supports newly licensed registered nurses (RNs) as they transition to practice to one of our 21 Northern California medical centers.

Who is the program director of Kaiser Santa Clara internal medicine? ›

Sudhir Rajan - Program Director Internal Medicine - KAISER PERMANENTE SANTA CLARA MEDICAL CENTER | LinkedIn.

What is the average salary of an internal medicine doctor in California? ›

$127,000 is the 25th percentile. Salaries below this are outliers. $273,600 is the 75th percentile.

How much do you get paid for internal medicine residency in California? ›

The average Medical Resident salary in California is $62,993 as of May 01, 2023, but the range typically falls between $56,111 and $70,217.

How much does Kaiser residency pay? ›

Average Kaiser Permanente Fellow yearly pay in California is approximately $83,600, which is 64% above the national average.

What is the hardest medical residency to get? ›

What are the Most Competitive Residencies?
  • Neurosurgery.
  • Orthopedic Surgery.
  • ENT/Otolaryngology.
  • Interventional Radiology.
  • Vascular surgery.
  • Thoracic surgery.
  • Radiation Oncology.
  • Internal Medicine – Pediatrics.
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Is Kaiser medical school hard to get into? ›

The Kaiser Permanente Medical School acceptance rate is right around one percent. The average MCAT score is 516. The average GPA is 3.68, and the median GPA is 3.74. No minimum GPA or MCAT scores are required at Kaiser School Of Medicine.

How much do hospitalists make at Kaiser Santa Clara? ›

As of May 10, 2023, the average annual pay for a Hospitalist in Santa Clara is $277,284 a year.

Who is the director of Johns Hopkins Internal Medicine Program? ›

Sanjay Desai, Director of the internal medicine residency program.

Who is the program director of Penn Medicine Internal Medicine? ›

Alex Glaser, MD, Program Director.

What is the highest paid doctors in California? ›

In San Joaquin County, the top earner for the second year in a row was Dr. Moris Senegor, a neurosurgeon who took home $1.24 million last year, according to county data obtained by The Chronicle through a public records request.

Where do internists make the most money? ›

Kentucky and Tennessee have the highest average annual compensation for physicians, according to Medscape's "Physician Compensation Report 2022."

What state pays internal medicine doctors the most? ›

Geographic profile for General Internal Medicine Physicians:
StateEmployment (1)Annual mean wage (2)
California7,150$ 215,340
Texas3,460$ 219,640
Illinois3,400$ 164,400
Massachusetts2,740$ 182,860
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Do medical students get paid for residency? ›

If you are working towards a career in medicine, you may wonder, “do doctors get paid during residency?” The answer is yes! Although salaries vary based on the year of residency and your specialty, medical residents are paid for their work.

How competitive is internal medicine residency in California? ›

The Internal Medicine Training Program at UCDMC is highly competitive. Most of the current group of houseofficers ranked in the top third of their medical school class. Please be aware that competition for the limited number of residency positions is extremely intense.

What is the highest paid medical residency? ›

1. What are the highest paid residencies in the US? Allergy & immunology, hematology, medical geneticists, rheumatology, and most forms of specialized surgery top the list. However, it's important to remember that these are subspecialty residencies, aka fellowships, and so are effectively PGY4+ residencies.

How many residency programs are there in California? ›

Drawn from more than 530,000 pageviews of the 492 California residency programs, we share the 15 programs that were most viewed by FREIDA™ users looking for details about California residencies.

How many programs to apply to residency internal medicine? ›

All students should apply to at least 12 programs. Some students will need to apply to more. Your assigned DOM advisor will help you figure out the number of programs you need to apply to.

What is the easiest residency program? ›

Least Competitive Residencies
  • Family Medicine. Family medicine is one of the most common medical specialties. ...
  • Pediatrics. Pediatrics is the branch of medicine dedicated to the care of infants, children, and teenagers. ...
  • Psychiatry. ...
  • Internal Medicine. ...
  • Anesthesiology.
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How hard is it to get residency in California? ›

Establishing physical presence and intent

To meet these requirements, you must be continuously physically present in California for more than one year (366 days) immediately prior to the residence determination date (generally the first day of classes) and intend to make California your home permanently.

What is the most paid residency programs? ›

What are Top 5 Best Paying Related Residency Program Jobs in the U.S.
Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly Pay
Anesthesiology Residency$378,863$31,571
Cms Teaching Residency$337,964$28,163
Capital Teaching Residency$337,964$28,163
Neurosurgery Residency$331,416$27,618
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How much do US residents get paid for internal medicine? ›

The national average salary for a Internal Medicine Resident is $80,918 in United States. Filter by location to see Internal Medicine Resident salaries in your area. Salary estimates are based on 385 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Internal Medicine Resident employees.

What is the salary of resident internal medicine in USA? ›

How much does an Internal Medicine Resident make in the United States? The salary range for an Internal Medicine Resident job is from $50,845 to $70,517 per year in the United States. Click on the filter to check out Internal Medicine Resident job salaries by hourly, weekly, biweekly, semimonthly, monthly, and yearly.

Do California medical schools prefer California residents? ›

However, with these impressive accomplishments, med schools in the UC school system also have highly competitive acceptance rates of only 1.3-2.2%. The programs also very strongly prefer in-state applicants, and few accept applications from international and Canadian applicants.

How hard is it to get into internal medicine residency? ›

Are Internal Medicine residency programs competitive? Fortunately no—IM residencies are among the least competitive programs, and are quite accessible to DO students as well, although to a lesser extent than those in Family Medicine.

What is the best internal medicine residency programs in US? ›

Here are the Best Internal Medicine Programs
  • Johns Hopkins University.
  • Harvard University.
  • University of California--San Francisco.
  • Duke University.
  • University of Michigan--Ann Arbor.
  • University of Pennsylvania (Perelman)
  • University of California--Los Angeles (Geffen)
  • Columbia University.

How long does it take to become an internal medicine doctor in USA? ›

Going to school for internal medicine takes time: approximately 11 years. Your first step is to earn a bachelor's degree, followed by your MD or DO, then finally completing a residency and becoming a fully licensed and board-certified internist. Throughout these steps, you'll also need to take the MCAT and USMLE.

Which medical degree is hardest? ›

MBBS or Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery is the toughest medical course that requires you to study for at least 5 years. After the first 5 years, you can choose your specialization and master it in the next 3 years. Further, you can specialize more in the field for 3 years or so.

How old are most doctors after residency? ›

Combine that with an average starting age of 24 (or 26 for DO—doctor of osteopathic medicine—applicants), and this means the vast majority of medical students don't become independent physicians until their early 30s.

What is the hardest medical doctor? ›

Based on our comprehensive analysis, the top most competitive specialties are as follows:
  • Plastic Surgery.
  • ENT.
  • Dermatology.
  • Orthopedic Surgery.
  • Neurosurgery.
  • Thoracic Surgery.
  • Urology.
  • Vascular Surgery.
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