Kaiser Permanente - Los Angeles

Research Time: 6mo during PGY4. Fellowship: Endo. Phone: 1.877.574.0002 E-mail: socal.residency@kp.org

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Faculty Survey Results: 

Kaiser Permanente Southern California (Los Angeles) Program - Gary Chien, MD, Program Director

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Kaiser Permanente - Los Angeles
Survey Respondent: 
Gary Chien, M.D., Program Director
If you were an applicant, why would you choose to train in your residency program?: 
Relatively relaxed environment with a wide breath of clinical material and research opportunities and bright approachable attendings.
What is your program looking for in a graduating medical student?: 
Enthusiastic, motivated, smart, and hard-working individuals.
What part of an application do you consider most important in ranking applicants?: 
Great letters of recommendation and USMLE scores. Research and extracurricular activities also help with the application.
What advice do you have for medical students hoping to match in Urology?: 
Work hard on your "audition" elective rotation(s), do well on the boards. Show interest in research.


L.A. is a great place. The program is six years and located in the heart of LA. The residents rotate at some of the surrounding hospitals and run some of the teams with other LA programs residents. The program is on the smaller side especially at the main hospital but I think plenty for the two residents a year. The program as a whole is unique do to the fact it is run by Kaiser. I think almost all go on to work for Kaiser which kind of limits your opportunities after residency but also sets you up very nice if you want to stay in Cali/West Coast. They residents get treated real well, even get a office and nurse of some rotations. Plus you can moonlight at the main hospital and double or even triple your income, which may come in handy living in LA. Everyone was nice and seemed to enjoy the place, however not a place for anyone wanting to do academics.

Your post is partially correct. I am a current resident at Kaiser, and so I'll clarify a few things:
1. Main hospital is very busy with plenty of "Big" cases for all the residents

2. Not everyone goes on to work for Kaiser--If you look historically, it's probably closer to 50% working for Kaiser. Your job opportunities are not "limited"--you can stay with Kaiser, plenty grads are in private practice, you can also choose an academic route.

3. Yes, we are treated extremely well.

4. You can moonlight--doubling and tripling your salary is a bit of stretch, however.

5. Wholeheartedly disagree about your comment relating to academics. While most people have chosen a non-academic route, it is not because they couldn't. You must also recognize that many recent graduates of so-called academic programs (including UCLA, USC, Hopkins, PENN, Cleveland Clinic...) have chosen non-academic careers.

Good luck to all who are involved in the upcoming match!

I see your point in #5. How many big name faculty are from the Kaiser LA program. I can not think of any.

Fellow - Endourology