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Medical Students Committed to Underserved Local Communities Win Awards.



Kaiser Permanente Kaiser Permanente is an integrated managed care organization, based in Oakland, California, founded in 1945 by industrialist Henry J. Kaiser and physician Sidney R. Garfield.  Mentoring and Scholarship Program Prepares Next Generation of MDs for Uniquely Diverse Population

PASADENA, Calif. -- Kaiser Permanente awarded mentoring scholarships to 12 medical students committed to providing quality and sensitive care to Southern California's uniquely diverse patient population. Each awardee will participate in a mentoring program with a Kaiser Permanente clinician clinician /cli·ni·cian/ (kli-nish´in) an expert clinical physician and teacher.

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, complete a 4-6 week clinical rotation clinical rotation Medical education A period in which a medical student in the clinical part of his/her education passes through various 'working' services3 in 1-4 month blocks  at a Kaiser Permanente facility, and receive a $5,000 scholarship for their education.

The Kaiser Permanente Oliver Goldsmith, MD, Scholarship program is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of culturally responsive care, and it is named after Dr. Goldsmith, who championed this issue throughout his career at Kaiser Permanente before he retired in 2003 as the medical director of the Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region,  Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG SCPMG Southern California Permanente Medical Group ). With this year's awardees, the program, which was established in 2004, will have given out 41 awards and a total of $205,000 to assist medical students.

Jeffrey Weisz, MD, executive medical director of SCPMG, created this program, and said, "I am honored to bestow be·stow  
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1. To present as a gift or an honor; confer: bestowed high praise on the winners.

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 these awards on such an impressive group of young medical students. They have already demonstrated a commitment to serving all population groups, especially those that have traditionally been underserved. Hopefully, this program will nurture them even more before they start practicing in Southern California."

Kaiser Permanente continues Dr. Goldsmith's instrumental efforts in developing culturally responsive care by maintaining initiatives that ensure doctors are prepared to meet the clinical, cultural, and linguistic needs of patients, and that ensure physicians are aware of the varying epidemiologic incidence of disease among different racial, ethnic, and cultural groups. This year's awardees have demonstrated a commitment to diversity through community service, clinical volunteering, or research.

The mentoring scholarship recipients are a diverse group. Nearly all have roots in Southern California and most are attending local medical schools.

For example, one recipient is Jose Luis Ocampo. Jose is a student in the Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program, where he is a mentorship coordinator for the Latino Medical Student Association. Jose has served as planning coordinator for both the Lennox Health Fair and the Harbor-UCLA Summer Urban Fellowship Health Fair. At the Harbor-UCLA fair, he conducted research in community needs assessment and learned how to implement and evaluate programs that empower medically underserved communities.

Jose said he has a "desire to not only address many of the health issues and medical conditions See carpal tunnel syndrome, computer vision syndrome, dry eyes and deep vein thrombosis.  that disproportionately affect minorities and the poor, but also a desire to advance the science and practice of medicine," a sentiment that is shared by his fellow mentoring scholarship recipients.

Attached is a sheet that gives brief profiles of the 12 Kaiser Permanente Oliver Goldsmith, MD, Scholarship program awardees.

Kaiser Permanente is one of the nation's leading integrated health plans. Founded in 1945, it is a nonprofit A corporation or an association that conducts business for the benefit of the general public without shareholders and without a profit motive.

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, group practice prepayment Prepayment

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 program with Southern California headquarters in Pasadena, California Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 133,936 and the 160th largest city in the United States. The California Finance Department estimates the Pasadena population to be 146,166 in 2005. . Kaiser Permanente serves the health care needs of 3.3 million members in Southern California. Today it encompasses the nonprofit Kaiser Foundation The mission of the Kaiser Foundation is to assist individuals and communities in preventing and reducing the harm associated with problem substance use and addictive behaviours. External links
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 Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries, and the for-profit Southern California Permanente Medical Group. Kaiser Permanente's Southern California Region includes more than 55,800 technical, administrative and clerical employees and caregivers, and more than 6,400 physicians representing all specialties. More information about Kaiser Permanente can be found at www.kaiserpermanente.org.
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