When I first heard that Kaiser Permanente was starting a medical school, I thought it made perfect sense. I could immediately see the potential of a school embedded in our nation’s leading integrated healthcare system, with its focus on team-based care, population health, technological innovation, and continuous quality improvement. It was clear that this school would make a major contribution to medical education, to healthcare, and, ultimately, to health. Two years later, I was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to join the school. My enthusiasm was shared by many others who have come on board as senior leaders, faculty, and staff, often leaving behind key positions around the country. What drives all of us at the school is the opportunity to draw on evidence- based educational approaches from across the globe to provide our students with an outstanding experience. Our graduates will be excellent clinicians in every field of medicine, wherever they choose to make their careers. They will practice person-centered care, appreciate the many social factors that influence health, and seek to understand and meet the needs of people from diverse backgrounds. They will be lifelong learners who assess new evidence and new technology and adapt to a changing healthcare landscape. And they will serve as advocates for their patients’ overall well-being–in homes, schools, workplaces, and communities.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our school.
Mark A. Schuster, MD, PhD Founding Dean and CEO Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine
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