September 12, 2019

Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine accepting applications

School will provide physicians with the skills and knowledge to lead the transformation of health care.

It’s not too late to apply to the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine. Primary applications for the 2020 inaugural class of 48 students will be accepted by the American Medical College Application Service through October 1, 2019.

The school will build on many of the most innovative practices in medical education today — and will give students the opportunity to learn in Kaiser Permanente’s integrated health care system, with access to its physicians, facilities, care teams, data, and technology.

“Our goal is to graduate doctors who have the skills and knowledge to lead the transformation of health care and medicine during a time of rapid change,” said Mark A. Schuster, MD, PhD, the school’s founding dean and CEO.

Tuition waived for the first 5 classes

Tuition will be waived for students in the first 5 classes (entering from 2020 to 2024) for all 4 years of their medical education. By eliminating tuition for these classes, the school hopes to remove financial obstacles that may discourage many qualified candidates from applying, while giving admitted students the freedom to choose how and where they want to practice medicine.

“So many students come into medical school wanting to work in underserved communities or go into primary care, and then move away from their original goals once they really understand the impact of their debt, which averages about $200,000 and can reach up to $400,000,” said Dr. Schuster. “We want to create an environment where students can make decisions based on where their hearts are rather than on debt.”

A hands-on approach

The Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine is based in Pasadena, California, with clinical education taking place in Kaiser Permanente medical centers throughout the Los Angeles area.

The school’s curriculum is built on the 3 pillars of biomedical science, clinical science, and health systems science. Health systems science explores how human relationships influence health. Students will think broadly about the ways care can be more effective for everyone and learn how to advocate for better health in homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and society at large.

The curriculum will be case-based, and through the spiral approach to learning, students will revisit key areas over 4 years, digging deeper each time. As students encounter these topics in new settings and contexts, they’ll become well-prepared to deliver exceptional medical care, wherever they choose to practice.

Classes will be small, collaborative, and highly interactive. The school’s Medical Education Building is designed for active learning, with spaces and features that support well-being. In the Simulation Center, physicians will guide students in the practice of clinical skills. In the Anatomy Resource Center, students will master the anatomical sciences through a combination of case-based instruction and augmented and virtual reality, which replace traditional cadaver dissection.

Prospective students

The school’s admissions philosophy stresses a holistic view of applicants, with academic achievements considered in relation to experiences, milestones, and personal attributes. The student body will include students from many walks of life, reflecting the diversity of the country.

Learn more about applying to the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine