Washington Permanente Medical Group (WPMG) is a clinician-led, self-governed and independent multi-specialty group practice, providing care to the more than 700,000 Kaiser Permanente patients in Washington state. We work unencumbered by traditional health care obstacles and without silos; prioritizing people over profits, collaboration over ego, and driven by a singular goal: our patients' health. At WPMG, we take care of the whole person, with a team to address the fundamental, social, and emotional needs that contribute to total health. We are clinicians motivated by the desire to make a purposeful difference in the communities we serve, and in how health care is delivered.
Kaiser Permanente-Washington Permanente Medical Group is seeking a 0.4 FTE Healthcare Careers Pathways Intern, to join our WPMG HQ team in Renton, Washington. Position length - June 2021 through December 2021
The Healthcare Careers Pathways Intern participates in building de novo program to increase the number of Washington State Underrepresented Minority Students (URM) interested in and prepared for health care careers. The position will provide internal leadership in providing a student perspective to pipeline program development and implementation. Represent WPMG's vision to increase URM students in health careers. The position will report weekly to Ali M. Thomas, MD, MPH, Medical Director for Pipeline Programs at WPMG. The Medical Director will be responsible for ensuring efficient use of the Interns valuable time, such as by making high level contacts with organizational leaders, and availability for assistance. The below Duties and Responsibilities are flexible, based on the current progress of the Healthcare Career Pathways strategy, and the strengths and interests of the intern.
Principal Duties & Responsibilities
1. Assist Medical Director in researching student perspectives particularly at high-school and college levels
Map high school and college levels student organizations in Puget Sound student organizations involved in college readiness, STEM, and health careers in Puget Sound area.
Help conduct interviews and focus groups with key informants on factors which impede, and/or support URM students in pursing post-graduate training in health care careers.
Assist Medical Director in creating a SWOT analysis of the current state of pipeline programs in Puget Sound
As availability allows, join Medical Director in building relationships with organizations promoting students of color in STEM.
2. Participate in KP Pipeline Strategy, which may include any of the following:
Support and further existing priority to support medical shadowing and health services research by URM students
As time permits, participate in meetings with collaborating organizations and internal meetings. Represent student voice in such meetings to support accountability to the practical needs of students
Develop recommendations for designing and improving pipeline programs, such as prioritized collaborations with organizations that encourage URM students to enter health careers
Based on community-benefit reports, build a list of Puget Sound hospital-affiliated programs that expose students to health careers, and analyze their strengths/weaknesses.
Create a reference file of KP Pipeline programs in other states. It will a list of programs with basic information, and any reports that have been produced to assess program impact.
Complete a needs assessment for high-school and college student organizations committed to promoting URM students in the health professions.
3. Knowledge generation
Researching and connecting with best practices around the country
Support presentations on pipeline development work, as time and resource capacities allow
4. Personal development
Write a personal development plan
Meet regularly with Pipeline Medical Director on career goals
Continually looks for ways to improve processes, fosters innovation and learning.
Encourages innovation, respectfully listens to and acknowledges ideas of others.
Is on time and keeps commitments.
Consistently manages assigned workload. Manages priorities effectively. Uses time efficiently.
Engages fully in work, takes immediate and independent action when needed.
Acknowledges mistakes and seeks help when needed.
Sets own priorities, regularly completing work on schedule.
Ability to develop effective working relationships with WPMG Administrative Team Members and WPMG Clinical Leadership
Ability to works with other members of the team in an efficient, highly productive manner
Builds productive rapport with employees at all levels within and outside the department.
Treats others with fairness, dignity, and respect, and possesses cultural humility.
Accepts suggestions and criticism in a cooperative and positive manner.
Works collaboratively with team members and others to achieve identified goals and objectives. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Establishes and maintains good working relationships with both external and internal customer.
Interacts with others in a helpful and informative manner.
Capable of resolving conflict.
Knows the priorities of the department. Knowledgeable of social barriers facing underrepresented populations of medicine and underrepresented communities. Knowledge of community organizations serving underrepresented students (preferably in WPMG service areas). Knowledge of educational challenges in serving underrepresented communities. Understanding of student organizations in healthcare careers.
Demonstrates proficiency in the duties and responsibilities of the job.
Shares expertise with others.
Reviews facts and data, using sound judgment, to arrive at the most effective solution.
Continually looks for ways to improve processes, fosters innovation and learn
Understands and responds promptly and courteously to customer needs and expectations.
Follows through to see if customer needs were met and keeps them informed of status.
Timely when responding to voicemail, e-mail and interoffice communications.
Expresses ideas clearly and accurately both orally and in writing.
Encourages, respectfully listens to and acknowledges diverse points of view.
Treats all customers with courtesy and respect.
We are professionals serving professionals.
Renton, with a population of 101,300, is located on the south shore of Lake Washington with spectacular views of the lake, the Olympics, the Cascades, and Mount Rainier. The Cedar River runs through the heart of downtown and offers an abundance of natural beauty and a run of federally endangered chinook salmon. The City is centrally located for access to the regions' transportation network, accessible by four state and three interstate highways, only minutes away from Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma and Sea-Tac Airport. Renton's strong economic base, diverse marketplace and favorable business climate have attracted the attention of nationally recognized companies that are looking to provide employees and their families with an outstanding quality of life.
We are dedicated to building lifetime relationships with peers and patients in Washington State's richly diverse communities. Many know the Pacific Northwest as an attractive tourist destination with beautiful scenery, friendly people, and a host of cultural and recreational opportunities. These elements, and others, make Washington an excellent place to live.
Equity, Inclusion and Diversity
In our local communities and across the nation, Kaiser Permanente sets the standard for respectful care. With multicultural staff, equity, inclusion and diversity councils, medical interpretation resources, outreach efforts, educational programs and more, Kaiser Permanente puts people first in our medical centers and beyond.
As part of Kaiser Permanente, Washington Permanente Medical Group (WPMG) seeks to create equity in our communities, eliminate health disparities, and always put patients--the heart of everything we do--first.
Following the guidelines in our National Diversity Agenda, every member of our team strives to:
Provide culturally responsive and appropriate medical care to improve the health and satisfaction of all people in our increasingly diverse membership
Recruit and retain clinicians and staff that enhance our workforce
Grow our membership by providing exceptional service and clinical care to all communities in our region
Creating a diverse workforce, an inclusive environment, and equitable opportunity for employment, growth, and advancement are deeply linked to our mission, our business, and our economic future. WPMG continues to add programs that build and maintain a workplace where we engage with our members, communities, and each other--with dignity, respect, and cultural understanding.
Equal Employment Opportunity
As part of our commitment to our employees and the members and patients we serve, we integrate diversity into all aspects of our operations. Maintaining a workforce with industry-leading levels of diversity through deliberate planning, development, and outreach is critical to fulfilling our mission, sustaining our business objectives, and providing the best level of care to our members and patients. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.