In February, Kaiser Permanente doubled down on its prior commitment to open a new medical school in Pasadena, CA in 2020 by announcing that it would provide free tuition to its first five classes. Kaiser Permanente said the school will focus on teaching population health and the health system’s model of integrated and coordinated care.
As the demand for physicians continues to outpace supply, healthcare providers are pursuing more innovative talent acquisition strategies. With a medical school footprint, healthcare organizations like Kaiser Permanente can expose future talent to their unique healthcare model and philosophy before the onset of their careers. Additionally, the students will develop a network of contacts in the health system by the time they graduate. In this respect, a clinically based medical school like Kaiser Permanente may be able to create a captive audience of talent similar to academically affiliated healthcare institutions.
ScottMadden believes that a foundational element of successful talent acquisition organizations is to create a pipeline by tapping into skilled talent pools through internships, co-op programs, STEM initiatives, universities, technical schools, etc. To that end, a “build versus buy” talent acquisition strategy like Kaiser Permanente’s takes this notion a step further by bringing the pipeline almost in-house.
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Contributing Author: Scott Roulston
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