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A history of innovation and better outcomes​ ​

Integrated care

As an internal medicine resident at Kaiser Permanente, your education will be supported by the world’s largest private-sector electronic health record system, known as Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®. This system will connect you to your patient’s entire care team—specialty physicians, radiologists, lab techs, and pharmacists—so that together you can deliver faster, better-informed decisions and treatment plans. You’ll also get the benefit of tapping into a nationwide network of knowledge and insight gained from over 22,000 doctors across Kaiser Permanente nationally.

Diagram of inegrated care model, with patients at the center

Clinical excellence

Kaiser Permanente’s innovative integrated care delivery system is instrumental to our delivery of high-quality care. You’ll get to learn within this system, working as part of a team with top primary care and specialty physicians who focus on preventive care, evidenced-based medicine, early detection, and population health management. This experience will help you develop your knowledge of internal medicine and skills in interprofessional teamwork and leadership.


Hundreds of the physicians at Kaiser Permanente are recognized as “Top Doctors” each year in several local publications.1​ These physicians are enthusiastic to share their knowledge, serve as mentors, and impart their expertise to residents in the program.

Washingtonian magazine
Baltimore magazine
Northern Virginia Magazine

NCQA ratings

Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States consistently provides top-tier quality care. We have been rated in the top 10% of private health plans since 2011 based on the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Health Plan Ratings.2​ ​ ​

We rate in the 90th percentile or better in 75% of NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) 2018 Effectiveness of Care and Access and Availability of Care measures.3​ ​ ​

1Doctors who practice at Kaiser Permanente recognized as “Top Doctors” in 2017 and 2018 editions of Washingtonian​ magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine, Bethesda Magazine, Baltimoremagazine, and Washington Consumers’ Checkbook​ magazine.

2National Committee for Quality Assurance's “NCQA’s Private Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2011–2012, 2012–2013, 2013–2014, 2014–2015;” “NCQA’s Private Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2015–2016, 2016–2017, 2017–2018, 2018–2019.” ​

3The source for data contained in this publication is Quality Compass® 2018 Commercial-Trended Data and is used with the permission of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Quality Compass 2018 includes certain Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems®​ (CAHPS) data. Any data display, analysis, interpretation, or conclusion based on these data is solely that of the authors, and NCQA specifically disclaims responsibility for any such display, analysis, interpretation, or conclusion. Quality Compass is a registered trademark of NCQA. CAHPS is a registered trademark of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Our history

In the early ‘30s, an enterprising young doctor named Sidney Garfield saw an opportunity to provide health care to construction workers building the Colorado River Aqueduct in the Mojave Desert. He built the Contractors General Hospital near the small town of Desert Center, California, and set up a system where the workers paid a small fee each month so that Dr. Garfield could treat any workers who fell ill or were injured on the job, including those who had no health insurance. ​

After joining forces with industrialist Henry J. Kaiser to provide health care to Grand Coulee dam laborers and their families in Washington state, Dr. Garfield and Kaiser organized a group practice for the diverse workers at the shipyards in Richmond, California. Their pioneering approach merged medical care and health plan coverage into a single health system. In 1945, Dr. Garfield and Kaiser opened Kaiser Permanente to the public. ​

Our focus on improving the well-being of entire communities today reflects how we approached those workers in the Mojave Desert long ago—to provide proactive, high-quality care and affordable coverage. And as we move into the future, we’ll continue to work to bring better care into whole communities, empower residents to improve their well-being, and deliver better health outcomes for all.

Diversity and Inclusion

Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to providing a diverse and inclusive workplace. Below are some of the awards and recognition we have received by industry leaders.

1.​ DiversityInc is a leading benchmarking tool of diversity management in corporate America. The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity assesses organizational performance based on 4 key areas: talent pipeline, talent development, leadership accountability, and supplier diversity. In their 2018 ranking, Kaiser Permanente is listed in the Hall of Fame. We were ranked #1 in 2011 and 2016, and have been in the top 5 nationally since 2010.

2.​ LATINA Style recognizes companies that provide the best career opportunities for professional Latinas in the workplace based on employee demographics, recruitment and procurement policies, employee benefits, and advancement opportunities for women. In their 2018 ranking, Kaiser Permanente was #23, and we've been in the Top 50 since 2009. We are one of the few companies with both a Latina and Latino on its board of directors.

3.​ TheCorporate Equality Index evaluates corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace policies as part of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. In 2019, Kaiser Permanente ranked as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality and has scored 100% since 2006.

4.​ The Healthcare Equality Index evaluates healthcare facilities’ policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ+ patients, visitors, and employees. Kaiser Permanente was the first health system with a 100% score, and we have maintained that perfect score in 2019.

5.​ TheDisability Equality Index measures an organization’s culture, leadership, accessibility, employment practices, community engagement, and supplier diversity. As measured by Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities, in 2019 Kaiser Permanente ranked as one the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion, and we have maintained that high-level ranking since 2017.

6. TheDisability Employment Tracker measures disability inclusion programs in the areas of climate and culture, people practices, talent sourcing, workplace and technology, and strategy and metrics. In its 2018 ranking, the National Organization on Disabilities stated that Kaiser Permanente was a Leading Disabilities Employer, and we have received high ranking scores in 2017 and 2018.

By outwardly supporting a diverse and inclusive work environment, we promote input from our organization as a whole in order to represent the interests of the diverse community we serve.

The KPMAS residency is directly connected with local and national diversity and inclusion efforts, and we will draw on that support and guidance to be held to the highest standards when practicing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our day to day operations, recruitment, and educational curriculum.

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