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Tech Health Academy Partners with Kaiser and TechniClinic

On Tuesday May 23, students from Oakland Technical High School’s Health Academy visited Kaiser Permanente's Oakland Medical Center for a career exploration job shadow through a team-based clinical immersion.

Kaiser Permanente Logo

The theme of the day was Teamwork in a Healthcare Setting - and an incredible amount of teamwork went into planning the event, utilizing the school health centers, Kaiser staff, and school site staff, to create an in-depth clinical immersion experience in the hospital.


While students spent time learning about individual skills, they also learned about the systems of care for patients and the value of team-based care.  Students completed self-reflective thought questions and were prompted to analyze how they would continue to improve the staff/patient experience.


The students got to work as a team; observing a safety briefing with heads of departments, and spent two hours with a hospital staff member in their own unique clinical environments: pediatrics,  palliative care, cardiology, lab, pharmacy, physical therapy, and others.


Oakland Tech students at Kaiser

With the help of the school health center, students were able to obtain health clearance to be in a patient care setting, interacting with the staff in their day-to-day work activities. This immersive atmosphere is vital to students. It is what gives them a real-world experience and connection to professionals in the field. It is also the opportunity to see examples from the healthcare field showing what they could do, where they could be, and the people they could help.


As young members of the Oakland community, students were able to form relationships with mentors, identify roles in the healthcare team environment, and provide their valued insights about patient care and care delivery.  If this experience were scaled, it would build a large community youth focus group, allowing over 300 students to give community based input to health care providers about how to better serve their populations.


In this way, a hands-on healthcare experience for eight students becomes not just a way to learn about careers - it is the seed for a larger and richer community health improvement initiative.


Special thanks to:

Abhay Dandekar, Director of Pediatric Residency Training Program for Kaiser Permanente Northern California  

David DeLeeuw, Academy Director for Health Academy at Oakland Technical High School

TechniClinic staff,  Oakland Technical High School