The Kaiser Papers A Public Service Web Site   
  In Copyright Since September 11, 2000
This web site is in no manner affiliated with any Kaiser entity and the for profit Permanente Permission is granted to mirror this web site - Please acknowledge where the material was obtained.
 Link for Translation of the Kaiser Papers 

Kaiser Permanente and other Teaching Hospitals GME - Graduate Medical Education Program

Lawsuit - Vicki Lopez-Lunn was
never informed of the increased
risks associated with having resident surgeon,Emily Julia Bubbers, M.D.(current license
PG158864) perform a colonoscopy closure.  

Courthouse News write up here

- Kaiser physician patient  vs Kaiser - Filed -
July 2, 2012
- Kaiser research during surgery against the wishes of the patient who just happened
to be another KP doctor.

write up here

Kaiser to launch training of
family practice doctors

Selected Articles on the Patient
Hand-off Compiled by
Ingrid Philibert, Updated
To describe the characteristics
of and factors contributing to
trainee errors, the authors
analyzed malpractice claims
in which trainees were judged
to have played an important
role in
harmful errors.

Protecting Residency Programs’
ACGME Compliance Documents
from Disclosure Under State
Public Records Acts

Financial Gain from the GME Program

Funding for the GME Program -
Where does the money come from?

Accreditation Council for
Graduate Medical Education
Data Resource Book
Kaiser Permanente is a chain of Multidisciplinary Teaching Hospitals - All Kaiser Hospitals are Teaching Hospitals

Kaiser is a consortium of three separate but interdependent groups: the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals are integrated with independent physician group practices called Permanente Medical Groups. The health plan is the insurance component of the organisation, while the hospitals and medical groups provide all clinical services. To the public these hospitals and general practitioner type facilities are seen as one organisation, commonly referred to as Kaiser. See:

and in html at:

The advancement of medicine and improvement of physician skills is a good thing if the patientis informed, if the patient knowingly grants permission to be experimented and practiced on based on complete information and all persons and corporate interests involved  are in agreement just how far these medical practices will be allowed to go with each patient and in each patient group.  It is bad if the patient is not completely informed, is lied to, is selected as an experiment without their knowledge and if operations are performed solely for the purpose of a physician to gain board certification.

E. Professional Liability Insurance
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. (KFHP) provides professional liability protection for its employees and residents and the employees of the following organizations: Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and The Permanente Medical Group, Inc. if any such employee is named as a defendant in a law suit alleging negligence arising from work performed on behalf of these organizations. It is, therefore, unnecessary for a resident to carry professional liability insurance.

KFHP will provide a defense for each employee and will pay, when appropriate or legally obligated, all
sums which may be required in judgment or settlement of damages or injuries sustained by an injured third party, provided the employee was acting in good faith and within the course and scope of his/her job responsibilities when the negligent act is alleged to have taken place. KFHP is not obligated to provide a defense for or indemnify the employee if he/she is deemed to have acted wrongfully outside the scope of his or her employment, for example, in committing a crime or deliberate act which is intended to harm another person or damage property.

KFHP's protection of the above mentioned employees is financially secured through a combination of self
insurance reserves which are actuarially determined and recorded as liabilities on KFHP's balance sheet, and excess professional liability insurance policies which are underwritten by credit worthy commercial insurers and reinsurers.

Professional Liability Insurance covers residents while they are on residency duties in Kaiser Foundation
Hospitals or a designated training site in California. This coverage does not include professional work outside of the residency program or volunteer activities without prior written approval of the Director of Graduate Medical Education. Any employee is free to obtain professional liability insurance if desired, but the cost of such independently purchased must be borne by the employee.
and online at:

The following from the above document located on Page 1 under the
Applicants must fulfill either the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
qualifications for appointment to ACGME-accredited programs or the Council for Podiatric Medical
Education (CPME) qualifications for appointment to CPME-accredited programs. All our ACGMEapproved
residency programs participate in the

The above means that these residents are from all over the world.  
"The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) is a private, not-for-profit corporation established in 1952 to provide a uniform date of appointment to positions in graduate medical education (GME) in the United States."
Index Below videos and Kaiser Permanente (LAMC) Teaching Hospital Information

And Now - This is a Kaiser Video on the GME Program

Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles (LAMC) - A Teaching Hospital - Who is doing the Thriving?
LAMC - Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Teaching Hospital Where Kaiser is doing the Thriving.
Los Angeles Kaiser Permanente LAMC A Teaching Hospital
"....a whole new industry utilising "human material" was about to emerge that would shape researchers'
behaviour for decades to come."  Please Read:

They Were Cheap and Available: Prisoners as Research Subjects in Twentieth 

Century America

Author: Allen M. Hornblum Source: BMJ: British Medical Journal, Vol. 315, No. 7120 (Nov. 29, 1997), pp. 1437-1441

David P. Phillips, PhD and Gwendolyn E. C. Barker, BA
Department of Sociology, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA; School of Public Health, University
of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

CONCLUSIONS: We found a significant July spike in fatal
medication errors insidemedical institutions. After assessing
competing explanations, we concluded that the July
mortality spike results at least partly from changes
associated with the arrival of new medical residents.
Accepted March 24, 2010
Published online May 29, 2010

For historical purposes may also be downloaded here:

SUGGESTION from KPRC - If you cannot go to another hospital, be prepared 
to ask more questions.  Kaiser Permanente is a group of teaching hospitals. 
December 4, 2009

...teaching physicians purportedly supervised the work of medical residents or students. T
he patients' records failed to show that the instructors were present, authorities said. - SF Chronicle - Bob Egelko writer

mirrored at:

October 27, 2009
Thomas J. Nasca, M.D., MACP
CEO, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
open letter

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
Data Resource Book

Patient Safety or non Safety

Some known cases
Using federal grant dollars for unjust enrichment, personal gain, or other than their intended use is a form of theft, subject to criminal and civil prosecution under the laws of the United States.

Federal grant dollars are susceptible to several forms of financial theft, most commonly in the form of specific federal violations, including:
 1. Embezzlement
 2. Theft or Bribery concerning programs receiving Federal funds
 3. False Statements
 4. False Claims
 5. Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud

Each of these violations of law are subject to criminal prosecution, fines, restitution, and civil

When business entities, individuals, communities, and other organizations receive federal grant dollars, they are entrusted with their appropriate expenditure.

Grant fraud is most often committed by:
 1. Grant recipients, company officers, business partners, board
    members, and managers.
 2. Bookkeepers, financial staff, and employees.
 3. Contractors and subcontractors engaged with the recipient.
 4. Recipient consultants.

        Common Grant Fraud Scenarios
Grant fraud occurs in many ways, but some of the most common fraud scenarios include:

1. Charging personal expenses as business expenses against the grant.
2. Charging for costs which have not been incurred or are not attributable to the grant.
3. Charging for inflated labor costs or hours, or categories of labor which have not been incurred (for example, fictitious employees, contractors, or consultants).

Review the entire document at:

"There is an evolving, very strong concern progressing to alarm among some, that our undergirding principle of
graded authority and progressive responsibility coupled with graded and diminishing (but appropriate) supervision
is eroding in the contemporary American teaching hospital. While appearing to occur contemporaneously with
resident duty hour limits, this erosion appears to have had its roots in the latter portion of the previous decade. An
unintended consequence of the I.L. 372 interpretations leading to the PATH Audits of the late 1990’s was the
beginning of a significant erosion of the delegation of authority for patient care of residents and fellows. The
medical liability insurance crisis of earlier this decade, and the associated “risk management” policies and
procedures put in place in most institutions have had a chilling effect on the delegation of authority and
responsibility, especially to senior residents, for complex decision making and performance of procedures. The
pressures placed on productivity and revenue generation by academic clinical faculty, coupled with the compliance
motivated performance and documentation of key aspects of patient care in order to bill for services has removed
the resident from the central role in provision of patient care in many teaching settings. Finally, the enactment of
resident duty hour standards, as appropriate and well meaning as intended, have had in some settings the
unintended consequence of removal of the resident from the previously held “pivotal role” in the care of patients
on the teaching service. It is the “concern evolving to alarm” that we may have crossed a critical point, resulting in
inadequate meaningful patient responsibility in a critical mass of the residents’ experience. This, it is feared, will
lead to inadequately trained clinicians entering the unsupervised practice of medicine. "

October 27, 2009
Thomas J. Nasca, M.D., MACP
CEO, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
Vice Chair, Task Force for the Revision of ACGME Resident Duty Hour Standards 
entire letter available at:

mirrored for historical purposes at: