The managed care consortium, Kaiser Permanente, is opening a new medical school, according to a release issued by the group.
The move is part of the group’s effort to meet the country’s demands for health care. The school will redesign the physician education around a strategic plan that includes “providing high-quality care beyond traditional medical settings, acknowledging the central importance of collaboration and teamwork to inform treatment decisions, and addressing disparities in health.”
“Opening a medical school and influencing physician education is based on our belief that the new models of care mean we must reimagine how physicians are trained,” said Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals.
“Training a new generation of physicians to deliver on the promise of health and health care demonstrates our belief that our model of care is best for the current and future diverse populations in this country.”
Among the advanced skills students at the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine are decision making, teamwork, the use of technology, evidence-based medicine and communication customized to address the needs of specific patient populations.
“Medical education needs to change to keep pace with the changing health care delivery system and changing patient needs,” said George
Thibault, MD, president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, which is the only national foundation dedicated to improving the health of the public by advancing the education and training of health professionals. “Kaiser Permanente is in a position to make important contributions to these changes by bringing its vast experience with teamwork, coordinated care and technology to medical education. Kaiser Permanente’s proposed new medical school will join other new schools and reform-minded existing schools in this effort to better align medical education with contemporary societal needs.” The Kaiser Permanente Medical School will be located in Southern California and is slated to open Fall 2019.