LOS ANGELES – Challenging the status quo in medicine and education, healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente said it plans to establish a medical school in Southern California.
The nonprofit health system said Thursday it hasn’t selected a site yet for the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine. Classes will begin in 2019, Los Angeles Times reported.
The move is unorthodox and further illustrates the lofty ambitions of Kaiser Chief Executive Bernard Tyson. He strongly believes that Kaiser’s technology-driven, evidence-based model of coordinated care is the answer for what ails the U.S medical system, and he said teaching that approach to young doctors could accelerate change across the country.
Kaiser will face tough competition from more established and better known medical schools in the pursuit of top students and faculty nationwide. The Oakland-based company didn’t provide details on what it expects to spend in creating the school.
Tyson said he explored the possibility of partnering with existing medical schools or universities and opted instead to build from scratch.
Many details about the school haven’t been finalized, such as its location and what facilities will be built at the new campus. The first class of about 50 students should start in the fall of 2019, and enrollment will grow after that, Kaiser said.