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Growing Our Own: Sowing the Seeds for Southern California’s Medical Workforce
Dr. Mark Schuster
Founding Dean and CEO
Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine
In the near future, Kaiser Permanente’s new School of Medicine will enroll its first students. The school will take an innovative approach to medical training, with an emphasis on collaboration and teamwork, patient engagement, shared decision-making, and evidence-based practice. Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine also hopes to attract minority students to better reflect the state’s ethnically diverse population.
California currently ranks 43rd in the nation at 17.8 medical school students per 100,000 residents, and only 5% of California physicians are Hispanic, even though nearly 40% of the state population is Hispanic. The state will need to dramatically increase its primary care workforce to keep up with the growing need for care.
How will the new medical school impact Southern California’s clinical workforce? How can clinics and other safety net providers partner with Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine to attract and retain talent in their workforce? Join us for a timely discussion with Medical School Dean Mark Schuster. Dean Schuster will share his vision for the school and its potential impact on the region.
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