Kaiser releases plans for California medical school: 6 things to know


Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente revealed plans to replace a former office building and parking lot in Pasadena, Calif., with an 80,000-square-foot medical school, according to the Pasadena Star-News.

Here are six things to know about the proposed medical school.

1. The four-story building will reportedly feature floor-to-ceiling windows on the first floor, an open rooftop and state-of-the-art classrooms.

2. The health system previously disclosed plans to build the medical school in 2015. Officials chose to build in Pasadena because of the location’s proximity to other Kaiser facilities and access to affordable housing, public transit and major highways, according to the report.

3. Two additional Kaiser-owned research and administrative facilities will remain on site.

4. The health system expects to open the medical school in 2019 with an inaugural class of 48 students. By 2022, officials expect a full enrollment of 192 students, according to the report.

5. The School of Medicine will not maintain any clinics or patients within the facility. Instead, students will travel to the health system’s 14 other locations in southern California to gain hands-on experience.

6. Officials said they hope to break ground on the facility by the end of the year. The proposal must first undergo environmental and design reviews by the city’s design commission, according to the report.