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Kaiser Permanente Opens a Medical School in 2020 and it’s FREE! (To Start With)

Technology is the future for healthcare and will continue to be the rising trend.  Kaiser Permanente is aware of this and will have curricular that focuses on electronic health records (EHR), augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and 3D technology.  Their goal is to train physicians to be ready in a “data-driven care” environment.

 “We’ve had the opportunity to build a medical school from the ground up and have drawn from evidence-based educational approaches to develop a state-of-the-art school on the forefront of medical education, committed to preparing students to provide outstanding patient care in our nation’s complex and evolving health care system.  Our students will learn to critically examine factors that influence their patients’ health in their homes, workplaces, schools, and communities – and become effective health advocates for their patients. They will graduate with the knowledge and skills to become visionary leaders in medicine and take on some of the most challenging health issues of our time.”

Mark A. Schuster, MD, PhD, founding dean and CEO

Students will be able to familiarize themselves with the high tech equipment before going out into the real world such as EHR, AR and VR.  Practicing with these tools be highly applicable since they will be able to generate real life settings such as: procedures, clinic decision-making and response to acute emergencies.  They will also be able to have access to 3D visuals such as the human body.  Students are able to visualize and interact with the multiple layers and structures.

Other schools have already implemented the use of AR and VR in medical student studies but what Kaiser Permanente is doing with their new campus in Pasadena, California is that they are offering to wave all tuition for the full four years of school for its first five classes.

“Kaiser Permanente is driving to transform health and health care in America, and the School of Medicine will play an important role in this transformation. The school will help shape the future of medical education and train physicians for medical excellence and the total health of their patients.  The Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine will also reflect our long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion by training diverse physicians to serve the needs of society.”

– Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals.

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