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Kaiser Permanente to build a medical school in Southern California




Photograph taken while visiting the Transgender Person Health Program at Kaiser Permanente Southern California.
Photograph taken while visiting the Transgender Person Health Program at Kaiser Permanente Southern California.
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Kaiser Permanente plans to establish its first medical school in Southern California.

The school’s first cohort is expected to accommodate 48 students in 2019, with curriculum focusing on primary care and research. Further information such as the prospective location has yet to be disclosed.

Bernard J. Tyson, Kaiser’s CEO, is confident that the company has a vision that will better serve the future physicians on 21st century medicine. As the first U.S. insurer to open its own medical school, it will face skepticism and competition.

How do you see this affecting the future of medicine? Will it make it difficult for graduates of other medical schools to secure employment at Kaiser?

Guest:

Dr. John Prescott, chief academic officer for the Association of American Medical College