Nonprofit health-care giant Kaiser Permanente announced plans Thursday to launch its own medical school with a goal to spread its model of coordinated care and train a more diverse corps of doctors, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Oakland-based insurer and hospital operator said the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine would enroll its first class of about 50 students in 2019 at an as-yet-undetermined location in Southern California.
Kaiser has 10.2 million members nationwide and runs 38 hospitals and hundreds of clinics, focusing on upfront premiums and overall patient health rather than fees for services. The company said its medical school will teach its managed-care approach, emphasize hands-on training, and work to recruit more minority students. "Our model of care is best for the current and future diverse populations in this country," Chairman and CEO Bernard Tyson said.