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What is it like to do a residency at Kaiser Permanente?​ ​

We offer our residents the opportunity to learn in a culture of support and coordinated care, and work on a care team alongside our award-winning physicians and research scientists from the Mid-Atlantic States region. This will help you to develop your leadership skills and to become an integral part of our multidisciplinary teams. Residents will receive exposure to both primary care physicians who offer innovative preventive care strategies and highly skilled specialists, typically under the same roof. Our physicians are able to make care delivery decisions without spending precious time seeking authorizations from outside insurance companies—which places our patients at the center of the care strategy. Kaiser Permanente is also known for its strong social purpose, innovation, and team-oriented culture.

Where do Kaiser Permanente residents go after completing residency?​ ​

Our program is designed to provide the training and experience necessary to prepare residents to practice medicine in a variety of settings. This includes pursuing a fellowship for more specialized training, or beginning your career in a primary care, hospital, university, or public health setting. Our residents receive training geared toward practicing primary care in communities of need, so another option to consider after completing your residency is to provide primary care in underserved communities where there is a gap in such care. ​

Will I have a better chance of being employed by Kaiser Permanente after participating in the residency program? ​ ​

Many of our residents stay with Kaiser Permanente after graduation. Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States is always seeking the most qualified candidates who are compatible with our organizational culture and aligned with our mission to provide high-quality care to our members during each and every encounter. ​

Does the Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States Internal Medicine Residency Program accept foreign medical graduates?

Yes. We accept ECFMG-qualified applications via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We are unable to sponsor J1/H1 visas at this time.

What are the strengths of the Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States Internal Medicine Residency Program?​ ​

Our program allows residents to practice in an integrated patient-centered environment with some of this country’s most talented and experienced physicians, who are excited to share their expertise with our residents. Unlike other programs, in this education-focused (rather than service-focused) program, we emphasize strong training to produce highly competent future physicians who will bring their passion to providing high-quality, patient-centered care to the community. Furthermore, we believe that our emphasis on ambulatory care training acknowledges the ongoing transformation in care delivery from hospital to outpatient settings.

How is the Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States Internal Medicine Residency Program different from the other Kaiser Permanente residency programs?​ ​

Our program expands requirements for ambulatory aspects of primary care, including all major specialties. In addition, we’ve been able to model some aspects of our program on similar Kaiser Permanente programs in other regions. Because our program is relatively new in comparison to other Kaiser Permanente residency programs, we will also ask residents for their feedback to continuously enhance the value for our residents and the care we provide to our patients.

How many residents are in our program?

Each class will include 6 residents. At full capacity, we will welcome 18 total residents per year, with 6 in each class. ​ ​

What patient population do we care for?​ ​

Kaiser Permanente has nearly 800,000 members in the Mid-Atlantic States. We serve a highly diverse population with members of all ages, educational backgrounds, incomes, and ethnicities.

How socioeconomically diverse is the patient population at Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States?​ ​

We have a diverse patient population, with members who are employed at large companies as well as small businesses. We serve Medicare and Medicaid populations along with members who’ve obtained coverage individually. ​

I speak an additional language. What opportunities are there for me to use my language skills in caring for patients?​ ​

Many of our providers speak other languages. With the diverse population in the Washington, DC area, your language skills will be a valuable asset to serve our patients and their families.

What types of research opportunities are available?​ ​

There is an abundance of research opportunities available to residents, including opportunities to improve patient care. Residents participating in our program are pleasantly surprised at the range of possibilities for research projects. Please visit the Research​ section of our website to read more about opportunities.

Will this residency program prepare me for fellowship success?​ ​

Our residents will be well prepared for fellowship training and careers in hospital medicine, primary care, academic medicine, or public health anywhere in the country. ​

Is your residency program affiliated with a university?​ ​

We have academic affiliations with several medical schools that send students to rotate with us throughout the year, and our faculty members hold academic appointments at institutions such as Georgetown University, George Washington University, Penn State University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. ​

Does the program offer a board review course?​ ​

Every Wednesday afternoon, residents meet with faculty and guest speakers to focus on internal medicine board review topics. ​

What ancillary services are available to residents?

At Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, our care team provides all the services one would expect in any world-class model of care delivery. Facilities are equipped with pharmacy, lab, and radiology services, as well as population management support, RN care, behavioral medicine specialists, and social workers. ​

How frequently are residents on call?​ ​

Residents in the Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States Internal Medicine Residency Program may have some night shifts but will not be on call overnight.

What electronic services will be available to residents?

Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States has a fully integrated, industry-leading outpatient and inpatient electronic health record system (Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect) that will provide residents quick access to a patient’s medical information. Patients also have access to several services via, which features convenient tools they can use to email their physician, schedule or cancel appointments, view most lab test results, refill prescriptions, and more—all from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Residents will also have access to Kaiser Permanente’s expansive clinical library, a robust service that includes UpToDate, more than 1,500 electronic journals, drug and imaging resources, and population management programs, among other features.

Will residents have access to Kaiser Permanente’s electronic health record system (KP HealthConnect)?​ ​

Training with an EMR system is a required feature of resident education, and all residents will have access to KP HealthConnect. Certain features of KP HealthConnect will require a staff attending action, and encounter notes must have a co-signature. ​

When is the interview season and what is the deadline for applying?​ ​

Interviews will take place between October 2020 and January 2021. The application deadline is December 1, 2020.

How will residents interact with physicians, staff, and patients?​ ​

Medical education isn’t new to Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States, as we have had medical students and residents in the medical office buildings for years. Residents will be supervised by core faculty and will have increasing patient care responsibilities to prepare them for independent practice. Each resident will be assigned a faculty member responsible for their training, observation, and assessment.

What if a patient is uncomfortable being treated by a resident?​ ​

Our priority is the care, safety, and service of our patients. Residents will be supervised at all times, but patients can respectfully decline to be treated by a resident. However, our experience has demonstrated that most patients greatly enjoy being treated by Kaiser Permanente residents.

What kind of privileges will residents have?​ ​

Effective training of a resident will require the ability to place orders in both hospital and ambulatory settings. However, all orders will require the review and approval of the supervising physician. ​

I’m going to be so busy. How can I still thrive and stay fit?​ ​

While residents will be part of a challenging program, their total wellness and resilience will be a top priority. We’ll accomplish this by providing a dedicated curriculum for wellness, including resident social groups and retreats. We have established a culture of listening to our trainees and acting upon feedback; we care about our residents and their satisfaction. Every resident will receive personalized attention to help them reach their goals, and a faculty mentor will be assigned to each resident upon matriculation. The mentor will be readily accessible to the resident for support and guidance.

Whom can I contact for more information?​ ​

Please reach out to Ivan Rivas with your inquiry using the contact information below, and he will get back to you promptly. Include helpful information in your message, such as your year in medical school and any additional contact information you would like us to have.

Ivan Rivas

Coordinator, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States

GME Administration

655 Watkins Mill Road, 5th floor

Gaithersburg, MD 20879

T: 240-813–8740

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How much vacation will I receive as a resident? Will I get days off?​ ​

Residents will receive vacation allowances. Please visit the Salary and Benefits​ section of our website for more information. ​

Can I afford to live in Washington, DC, on a resident salary?

Our residents will benefit from an aggressive pay and benefits package that acknowledges the reality of housing and other costs that come with living near our nation’s capital. ​

What is the weather like in the Washington, DC, area?​ ​

This region enjoys the beauty of all four seasons—it can be hot and humid during the summer and cold with typically a few inches snow in the winter. Fall and spring are typically milder, featuring beautiful foliage and blossoms around the region. Don’t miss the chance to see the cherry blossoms in early spring. ​

What kind of recreational activities are available in the Washington, DC, area?

Our program is located in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, which provides residents with access to a wide variety of recreational activities. Visit the​ About the area​ section of our website to learn more. ​

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