PASADENA , CA — The Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine received accreditation and will begin accepting applications from students for the inaugural 2020 class, it was announced Tuesday. The school will be waiving tuition entirely for the first five inaugural classes, making it just the second medical school in the nation to eliminate the financial barrier to achieving a medical degree.
“We’ve had the opportunity to build a medical school from the ground up and have drawn from evidence-based educational approaches to develop a state- of-the-art school on the forefront of medical education, committed to preparing students to provide outstanding patient care in our nation’s complex and evolving health care system,” said Dr. Mark A. Schuster, the school’s founding dean and CEO. “Our students will learn to critically examine factors that influence their patients’ health in their homes, workplaces, schools, and communities — and become effective health advocates for their patients. They will graduate with the knowledge and skills to become visionary leaders in medicine and take on some of the most challenging health issues of our time.”
The school will provide its students with clinical experiences starting at the beginning of their first year in Kaiser Permanente’s integrated health care system. The school will use a small-group, case-based medical curriculum in a learning environment that embraces all dimensions of diversity. The school aims to prepare future physicians to become collaborative, transformative leaders committed to prevention, fluent in dataare, and adept at addressing the needs of underserved patients and communities.
“Kaiser Permanente is driving to transform health and health care in America, and the School of Medicine will play an important role in this transformation. The school will help shape the future of medical education and train physicians for medical excellence and the total health of their patients,” said Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. “The Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine will also reflect our long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion by training diverse physicians to serve the needs of society.”
The school will be based in Pasadena with clinical education taking place primarily in the greater Los Angeles area in Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics and in partnered community health centers. Students will gain access to the physicians, clinical teams, data, and technology of Kaiser Permanente.
City News Service and Patch Staffer Paige Austin contributed to this report. Photo: Shutterstock