A Whole New Breed: Medical School by Kaiser

As an efficiency monster, how do you ensure this starts at the roots of your facility? Build a medical school. Kaiser Permanente announced the opening of its new venture, a medical school in Southern California, in 2019. This particular medical school will focus on the values Kaiser holds as well as “hands-on experience for students in clinics and hospitals, with a focus on primary care, the use of new technologies, and physicians’ role as part of a caregiving team.” Just like they shook up the health care industry with their new HMO model including patient care and insurance coverage, they are en route to turning the medical school field upside down as well. Less classroom, and more real-world experience is their motto. They have plans to push education in technology as well as cost of care and efficiencies. Kaiser was at the forefront of telemedicine and increasing technology usage in patient care. The students at Kaiser Medical School will be well versed in these avenues and up to date on the various ways in which physicians can care for patients alternatively. Research is also a huge element that will be fostered in this environment. Although this will be a new project for Kaiser, they are familiar with the medical school industry. Currently they are partnered with UC Davis for a fast track training program specifically catering to primary care doctors. With that being said, this new school will be much more than primary doctors. Their plan is to prepare medical students for the way healthcare will be delivered in the future. Cryts, Aine. “Kaiser’s Medical School Can Revolutionize How Docs Are Taught.” FiercePracticeManagement. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 May 2016. Rovner, Julie. “Kaiser Permanente’s New Medical School Will Focus On Teamwork.” NPR. NPR, n.d. Web. 31 May 2016. Terhune, Chad. “HMO Giant Kaiser Plans To Open A Medical School in Southern California.” Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, n.d. Web. 31 May 2016.

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