Internal Medicine Los Angeles Medical Center - Resident Wellness
Kaiser Permanente is a champion for wellness.
Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity
Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to the principles of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity (EID) for all, and is recognized by sources such as Fortune and the Corporate Equality Index as one of the best workplaces for diversity. For more information, please check out: Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity at Kaiser Permanente. You can also read about some of Kaiser Permanente’s initiatives in the links below:
Our program believes that a key component to promoting wellness is to create and maintain a safe and inclusive environment that is conducive to learning. We have a zero-tolerance policy toward all forms of harassment. Residents are provided training in topics of bias, harassment, cultural sensitivity, among others, as part of the Belong@KP campaign.
We also desire to be proactive in our approach to building a culture of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity. Our curriculum includes unique experiences in the LGBTQ elective as well as the HIV medicine elective. We are continuing to build our health disparities curriculum in conjunction with our primary care and community medicine electives, and our EID curriculum with initiatives such as the Literature in Medicine book club. We support resident participation in organizations such as SNMA and LMSA and APAMSA. Our residents can partake in various KP-sponsored symposia such as the LGBTQ symposium and are involved in groups such as the EID committee and the Women in Medicine group.
Our program believes in a spirit of Volunteerism.
The Internal Medicine Residency Program donates 80 volunteer hours every month and provides financial support to local free clinics, including the Hollywood-Sunset Free Clinic and KHEIR Community Clinic. The mission of the free clinics is to care for the underserved by providing high quality health care for all, regardless of ability to pay. Our residents provide medical services in health screening and prevention, urgent care, chronic diseases, STD’s, and contraception.
Residents also mentor inner-city students from the Helen Bernstein STEM Academy. Activities include teaching physical exams, suturing workshops, debate moderator on current health policies, chaperone to Body Worlds Exhibit, and Simulation Center.
Our volunteerism extends beyond the clinical realm as well. Kaiser Permanente staff volunteer in local community events such as clean-ups and food drives via Kaiser Permanente’s internal volunteerism website, KPCares, which makes signing up and coordinating with others easy to do.
All categorical Internal Medicine housestaff, as well as the Program Director himself, participate in these community outreach projects, in coordination with the UCLA Kennamer/Kaiser Community Medicine Fellowship program. We are also supported by the Song-Brown program, which is aimed at developing health care in underserved areas.
We believe that another key component to promoting your wellness and success is the presence of strong mentorship. You will be assigned a faculty mentor based on your interests and goals, and our faculty mentors will meet with you frequently to get to know you and support you through residency. Our hope is that you will come to view your mentor as someone you can turn to at any time for anything.
But mentorship is not limited to just assigned mentors. All of our faculty is willing to help you and advise you at any time. Many of our residents have not only an assigned mentor, but also many informal mentors as well across various specialties and interests.
We believe one of the keys to personal growth and success is the opportunity and ability to process your experiences. We have begun a Narrative Medicine curriculum that allows residents time and a safe space to reflect on their experiences and share them with each other. Through this, we have gained strength in knowing we are not alone in our emotional journeys through medicine.
Big Sib Little Sib Families
The Big Sib Little Sib families were created as a foundation for wellness within the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Interns are welcomed into existing families based on hobbies, professional goals or prior connections. Within these families, residents serve as a source of guidance and advice for interns. Each family receives an annual stipend to spend on activities such as dinners, movies, coffee or anything that brings the family together.
Annual Class Retreat
One of the best times to have fun and bond with colleagues is during Class Retreat. Packed into this day are team-building events, a discussion about care for underserved communities, resident feedback about the program, and lots of opportunities to discover what makes everyone so unique.
Monthly Wellness Lunches and Pet Therapy
In the midst of daily patient care, sometimes you just need a break! During Resident Appreciation Lunches, interns and residents can enjoy good food with good friends. Sometimes we also get the company of cute adorable dogs, whom we shower with love and affection!
Annual Holiday Party
Every December, the Internal Residency Program hosts a holiday party for residents and their guests. This is a special memorable night when we can leave our scrubs and stethoscopes at home and dress up to enjoy each other’s company. In years past, we have celebrated at places like The Magic Castle, Harbor Cruises, and Takami Restaurant & Elevate Lounge.
Personal Wellness Time
Every resident gets designated wellness time off from all duties during their day float rotation. Residents take this time to go hiking, fishing, snowboarding, visit their personal physician or spend time with family!
The physicians’ gym is open 24/7 and has treadmills, ellipticals, free weights, Pilates mats, yoga balls, and even computers for you to do work.