Training Tomorrow's Health Care Workforce
Since 1947, the training of physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals has played a vital role in our mission to serve the health care needs of our members and communities. Today, with serious physician and nurse shortages looming in the face of an expected expansion in Americans’ access to health care, the need to encourage and train a high-quality, diverse, and culturally competent health care workforce is greater than ever. Kaiser Permanente is responding in multiple ways.
- Our university-affiliated, freestanding medical residency and fellowship programs offer concentrations in almost two dozen specialties in both our Northern and Southern California Regions. In 2011, these highly regarded programs provided training to more than 700 future physicians.
- Our graduate medical education programs offer generous scholarships for medical residents committed to community involvement and population-based research.
- At a time when college tuitions are rising and financial aid is diminishing, we have responded by providing scholarships to students pursuing nursing and health care technician careers in public health. More than 1,000 students intent on a health care career, many of underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds, received assistance in 2011.