The Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center opened in 1986 on a 28-acre site in the west San Fernando Valley, near the Los Angeles/Ventura County line. The surrounding suburban communities of Calabasas, Northridge, Encino, Westlake Village, and Thousand Oaks offer all the advantages of Los Angeles living, and include some of the most desirable neighborhoods in the Valley.
For wellness, our medical center boasts a 1 mile walking path that offers its employees the chance to get some fresh air and exercise while at work. Our medical center also hosts a large and thriving farmer’s market that takes place every Thursday directly on campus. Finally, we have a small gym for our physicians’ use that is located directly on campus.
We believe that our residents deserve free time to spend with their loved ones and, in this area, our residents are afforded numerous recreational opportunities. Take a road trip through famous Malibu Canyon and you will find yourself at Southern California’s renowned beaches. Santa Barbara is a one-hour drive up the Pacific Coast Highway. The many local mountains and desert resorts, such as Lake Arrowhead and Palm Springs, are easily accessible. A variety of restaurants and shops are another West Valley bonus.
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Westwood Village are just 15 miles from Woodland Hills, offering all the excitement and opportunities of a college community. Major theaters can be found in downtown Los Angeles, Century City, and Hollywood. The West Hollywood arts community, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Malibu are all within 20 miles.
A recent survey of rental properties in the areas surrounding the medical enter indicates that our cost of living is one of the best in the Los Angeles area. Many apartment complexes offer pools, spas, tennis courts, recreation rooms, saunas, barbecues, sun decks, and workout rooms.
The Woodland Hills Family Medicine Residency Program has a tradition of providing top-quality and evidence based education.
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Our hand-picked faculty is approachable, energetic and enthusiastic with faculty teaching appointments through UCLA. While in a community setting, our main focus is academic excellence through extensive didactic lectures, full spectrum patient care, and one-on-one teaching with attendings.
Unique features about our program include:
- Fully integrated inpatient and outpatient cutting edge EMR
- Family practice clinic located within steps of the hospital and specialty clinics
- Unopposed program
- UCLA – affiliated residency
- Supportive environment
- Community service emphasis with community clinic assignments throughout the entire 3 years of residency training
- Strong procedural and dermatology training with dedicated resident dermatology and procedure clinics in our family practice department
- Diverse patient population
- Flexible elective time
- Only six residents per year (18 total) allowing greater attention to individual resident needs
- Daily didactic noon conferences with catered lunch
- Daily morning reporting
- Regular participation in hospital wide education conferences including Drug Utilization and Ethics conferences
- Global Health Track option
Strong Academic Training
- Our UCLA-affiliated residents receive a graduation certificate from both UCLA School of Medicine and Kaiser Permanente
- Faculty actively involved in scholarly activity and publishing
- Numerous opportunities for learning: daily noon residency conferences, daily inpatient rounds and lectures on the medicine service, twice monthly medicine grand rounds, and regular didactic teaching.
- Faculty have academic appointments at UCLA School of Medicine
- All faculty trained in basic office procedural skills and 2 faculty trained in clinical ultrasound skills
- Medical students from UCLA and many other medical schools rotate with us on a regular basis
Excellent Resources and Opportunities
- Ipads with medical applications and EMR access available to any interested resident
- All resident offices equipped with desks and computers for each individual resident
- Up-to-Date provided for residents
- All computers have access to MD Consult, Ovid, PubMed, KP Clinical Guidelines, Cochrane and DynaMed
- Most required rotations (except our free and community clinics) are at Kaiser Woodland Hills. However, to enhance the educational experience, we have away rotations at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles(CHLA) ER (2 months ER, 1 month inpatient pediatrics, 2 weeks outpatient specialty clinics), Kaiser Permanente Panorama City for minor surgical procedures (2 to 3 weeks) and Sports & Student Clinic Medicine at Cal State University in Northridge (2 weeks)
- A very large well-vetted drug formulary
- On campus inpatient and outpatient pharmacy services, including a 24 hours outpatient pharmacy. Our pharmacists are available 24-7 for provider questions and assistance regarding medications, dosing, etc
- All radiology and lab services available on campus
- Computerized appointment service, messages, medication refills, labs, imaging
- Opportunities for research and requirement for a quality improvement project
- Yearly educational stipends of $500 for 1st and 2nd year residents and $1500 for 3rd year residents and one week available to attend an educational conference in the 3rd year
- Cost of USMLE Step3 and COMLEX Level 3 examinations fees are covered for the interns
- California State Medical Licensure fees covered for initial and renewed licensure needs while in residency
- 100% resident pass rate on American Board of Family Practice exams
- Excellent camaraderie among house staff and full time academic faculty
- Family medicine faculty have offices that are adjacent to residents’ offices. Our faculty have an open door policy and are easily accessible
- All major medical and surgical disciplines available with accessibility to house staff
- Multi-ethnic population with diverse socio-economic base
- Excellent preparation to go on to sports medicine, adolescent medicine, geriatrics, or hospice and palliative care fellowships
- For interested residents, great job opportunities within the Kaiser Permanente system upon graduation
- Many of our graduates have gone onto leadership positions in managed care, academia and community practice
Helping our residents maintain wellness and balance during their residency training is a priority for us. We believe that residents cannot realize their full potential without maintaining their personal well-being. Therefore, we encourage our residents to participate in activities that promote their physical and emotional health during their three years of training.
As far as organized events, there is a yearly weekend retreat for all of the residents and faculty. In years past we have spent the weekend in locations such as Santa Barbara, Lake Arrowhead, San Diego, and Palm Springs to name a few. We also have a yearly Resident Wellness Day that is dedicated to educating our residents about the importance of their personal wellness and giving our residents time away from the medical center to bond with their fellow classmates. Throughout the year, there are also ample opportunities to participate in resident and faculty hosted social events. On a monthly basis, there is noon conference time dedicated to resident support. We also have monthly Balint sessions that are designed to further our understanding of the often complex clinician-patient relationship.
Finally, our vacation schedule, along with research leave, educational leave and personal days afford our residents ample time to develop the important balance between work and life outside of medicine.