Location: Renton, Washington
Internal Number: HEALT003226
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 part-time (0.38 FTE) Healthcare Careers Pathway, Intern to join our WPMG HQ team in Renton, Washington.
The Healthcare Careers Pathways (HCCP) 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 to Eze Oluo, Program Manager, for Pipeline Programs at WPMG. The Program Manager will be responsible for ensuring efficient use of the Interns valuable time. The internship is 18 months from date of hire. 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
- Assist the HCCP team in researching student perspectives, particularly at high-school and college levels.
- Map high school and college level student organizations in the Puget Sound area involved in college readiness, STEM, and health careers.
- 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 the HCCP team in creating a SWOT analysis of the current state of pipeline programs in Puget Sound.
- As availability allows, joins 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 a 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.
- Build a list of all school district-run student programs in King and Pierce Counties that expose middle- and high school URM to health careers. Focus on school districts with high percentages of URM students (e.g. Tukwila, Highline, Renton, Federal Way, Kent).
- 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 be 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.
- Produce summary recommendations for how WPMG can best work within the existing ecosystem of pipeline programs.
3. Generate knowledge
- Research and connect with best practices around the country.
- Support presentations on pipeline development work, as time and resource capacities allow
- Write a personal development plan.
- Meet regularly with Program Manager & Medical Director on career goals.
Upper-class undergraduate, Graduate Student, or recent graduate (last 4 years)
Competencies: Skills, Knowledge & Behaviors that are required for performing the job.
* Continually looks for ways to improve processes, foster 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.
* Anticipates problems, proactively addresses issues.
* Focuses on solutions rather than problems.
* Ability to develop effective working relationships with WPMG Administrative Team Members and WPMG Clinical Leadership.
* Ability to work 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 customers.
* 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.
* 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.
As a condition of employment, all clinicians and employees are required to verify COVID-19 vaccination status. As part of the pre-boarding process and before starting work, you will be required to verify your vaccination status, and will be provided an opportunity to apply for an accommodation based on a religious or medical reason, if needed.
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.