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Research and Scholarship at the School

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Critical thinking skills are a cornerstone of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine's commitment to innovating the future of medicine. The School develops a unique combination of doctoring skills designed to enable best-in-class care delivery and critical thinking skills that prepare students to systematically identify, test, and evaluate new approaches.

Our faculty features researchers and clinicians, who are actively engaged in conducting research embedded in a care delivery system. With their guidance, you'll learn how to be an integral part of a learning health system.

About Research and Scholarship

Training the Next Generation of Critical Thinkers

Our integrated approach to learning breaks down silos and encourages students to become critical thinkers in different areas. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty and practitioners (the people who really do this stuff) in three major areas:

Quality Improvement Scholarship

Almost any care delivery process can be improved. Students will learn how to identify opportunities for improvement, develop new approaches, and test whether those approaches work.

Service Engagement Scholarship

Students will engage with local communities to identify priorities for improving health, co-create programs to address community priorities, and assess whether those approaches are effective.


The essential methods of conducting research are part of the curriculum. The opportunities to apply these methods to critical questions are wide-ranging and can be matched to the areas of greatest interest for each student. Students will have the opportunity to engage in research in one of four areas: biomedical science, health services, clinical, and medical education.

The Office of Research and Scholarship

Backed by nearly seven decades of Kaiser Permanente's leading medical research, the Office of Research and Scholarship works closely with students to identify scholarly activities that match their passions, and to connect them with mentors who can help develop their skills and create opportunities to contribute to clinical care, communities, and science.