Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine

The Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine is an allopathic medical school associated with the Kaiser Permanente health system and located in Pasadena, California.  The school is expected to matriculate its inaugural class of 48 students in July 2020.  In November 2019, the school was renamed in honor of late Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson.[1]

Kaiser Permanente created the school to train “future physicians in 21st century medicine.”[2]  The school plans to use modern educational techniques and teach non-traditional topics, such as population health, data analytics, student wellness, and patient engagement.[3]

History

Kaiser Permanente announced its plan to start a medical school in December 2015.  Kaiser Permanente's vision for the school is to redesign physician education around the pillars of patient-centered care, population health, quality improvement, team-based care, and health equity.[4]  Kaiser Permanente has long been involved in graduate medical education: Kaiser Permanente’s first independent residency program began in 1944, and it currently trains over 600 residents each year.[5]

In 2017, Mark Schuster, M.D., Ph.D., was named the medical school’s founding dean and CEO. Schuster conducts research on child, adolescent, and family health and previously served as the William Berenberg Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and chief of general pediatrics and vice chair for health policy in the Department of Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital.[6]

KPTSOM received preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) in February 2019.[7]  The school will waive all tuition and fees for the full four years of medical school for its first five classes.[8]

Renaming

The Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine was renamed from the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine in November 2019 in honor of late Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson. The decision, made by the school’s board of directors, was announced at Tyson’s memorial service in San Francisco.[9] Tyson drove Kaiser Permanente to increase its investment in social determinants of health, including supporting affordable housing, food security, clean air, safe recreational space, and reducing gun violence.[10]

Facilities

The Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine’s main campus is in Pasadena, California, a city within Los Angeles County. The school will occupy a new four-story building designed to support student wellness and the school’s collaborative curriculum.[11]

Clinical training will primarily take place at six Kaiser Permanente hospitals in the greater Los Angeles area.  The six clinical sites are Downey Medical Center, Los Angeles Medical Center, Panorama City Medical Center, Fontana Medical Center, South Bay Medical Center, and West Los Angeles Medical Center.  In their third and fourth years, students will have the opportunity to learn at clinical sites in other regions across the country.[12]  Additionally, there will be service-learning curricula at community health centers near each clinical site.[13]

References

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  2. ^ "HMO giant Kaiser Permanente plans to open a medical school in Southern California". Los Angeles Times. 2015-12-18. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
  3. ^ "Kaiser Permanente medical school names Schuster as its founding dean". Modern Healthcare. 2017-09-12. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
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  6. ^ "Mark A. Schuster - Profile". www.rand.org. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
  7. ^ "Kaiser Permanente to open medical school in Pasadena, offer free tuition for first classes in 2020". Pasadena Star News. 2019-02-19. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
  8. ^ Goodnough, Abby (2019-02-19). "Kaiser Permanente's New Medical School Will Waive Tuition for Its First 5 Classes". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
  9. ^ "Kaiser To Name School of Medicine in Honor of Late Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson -". 2019-11-19. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
  10. ^ "Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine". about.kaiserpermanente.org. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
  11. ^ "Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine to open summer 2020". Permanente Medicine. 2019-02-19. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
  12. ^ "Clinical Training Sites | Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine". medschool.kp.org. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
  13. ^ "Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine to open summer 2020". Permanente Medicine. 2019-02-19. Retrieved 2020-01-14.

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