The Department of Emergency Medicine is home to leaders in Emergency Medicine patient care, research, and education.

The Emergency Medicine Residency Program was one of the first EM programs in the country. It was founded in 1974 at Valley Medical Center in Fresno County. The program is four years (PGY 1-4) with 10 residents per year and a focus on clinical teaching and hands-on training.

The Physician Assistant Emergency Medicine Residency Program was founded in 2015 at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, California. The program began its first class in 2016. Affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, the postgraduate program is 18 months and accepts two EMPA residents per year.

Emergency Medicine focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of acute illnesses and injuries requiring immediate medical attention.  Emergency Medicine physicians take care of patients of all ages and with diverse backgrounds.

Emergency Medicine encompasses general medicine and virtually all subspecialties of medicine including Surgery, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics & Gynecology.  Emergency Physicians see a high volume of patients and treat their illnesses while arranging either admitting them to the hospital or releasing them after treatment. Emergency Medicine requires a broad scope of knowledge and advanced procedural skills, often including surgical procedures, trauma resuscitation, advanced cardiac life support, and advanced airway management. Emergency Medicine physicians are required to have a diverse skill set.

Unique to the UCSF Fresno Department of Emergency Medicine is the Parkmedic and Wilderness Medicine program.  This program focuses on specialized training for the treatment of medical conditions in the great outdoors, where hospital care is usually several hours away. High-altitude illness, hypothermia, and snake bites are just a few of the conditions commonly associated with the Wilderness Medicine program.

UCSF Fresno is the only location in the United States to provide training to ParkMedics. National Park Rangers from across the country come to UCSF Fresno for specialty medical training. Participants in the ParkMedics program receive similar training to Emergency Medical Technicians.

For more information on the Department of Emergency Medicine’s Residency or Fellowship Programs, please click on the links below to go to the UCSF Fresno Emergency Medicine Residency and Fellowship pages.






Due to the complex nature of Emergency Medicine, it’s virtually impossible to name all the services that an Emergency Medicine physician may provide. As an Emergency Medicine physician you are required to be highly skilled in a wide variety of services and prepared to encounter a vast array of injury or illness.


Depending on the type of injury or illness, the following are some of the treatments that Emergency Medicine may see:

  • Plastic Surgery
  • Anesthesia
  • Orthopaedics
  • Cardiology
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology

Medical Practice Locations

Community Regional Medical Center More Info

As a UCSF faculty member, you may practice at one or more of the above locations.