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Founded in 1974 at Valley Medical Center in Fresno County, the Emergency Medicine residency is one of the first EM programs in the country. We offer a four-year program (PGY 1-4) with 10 residents per year, featuring a strong emphasis on clinical teaching and hands-on training.

Our giant, new, state-of-the-art ED at Community Regional Medical Center serves as the only Level 1 trauma center and Burn center for Central California, and handles an annual ED volume of 110,000.




Chief of Emergency Medicine Prepares for New Role


UCSF Fresno is preparing to say goodbye to Dr. Greg Hendey who has accepted a new position as Chair of Emergency Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Hendey has been with UCSF Fresno since 1993, serving as the Chief of Emergency Medicine for the past three years, during which he has managed to split his time amongst administrative duties, bedside teaching, patient care, research, mentoring and formal teaching.


"I spent 23 great years in Fresno, where I really learned how to be a doctor and a leader," says Dr. Hendey. "I made great friends here, raised a family, and had the privilege of working with tremendous colleagues. Although I'm looking forward to a great opportunity to lead the department of emergency medicine at UCLA, I'll always remember and value my time and experience in Fresno."

Due to the departure of Dr. Hendey, we’d like to congratulate Jim Comes, MD, Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine and Program Director who has been appointed as Interim Chief of Emergency Medicine at UCSF Fresno. Dr. Comes came to Fresno in 1990, completed his residency at UCSF Fresno and has been a core faculty member since 1994. He will assume this added new role in June.




Congratulations to Alicia Kurtz, MD (UCSF Fresno class of 2017’) for being elected president of the Emergency Medicine Residents  Association (EMRA) for 2016-17.  Founded in 1974, EMRA's mission is to promote "excellence in patient care through the education and development of emergency medicine residency trained physicians".



Congratulations to Marc Futernick, MD (UCSF Fresno class of 2000’) for his continued advocacy and leadership in organized EM.  In addition to being the Medical Director of California Hospital in downtown LA, he is the current CAL/ACEP president.


Follow him on Twitter @californiaacep

Stacy Sawtelle Vohra was just accepted into the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators.



Kenny Banh was promoted to the UCSF Clinical X Series at the rank of Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine.