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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, UCSF Fresno Department of Emergency Medicine

After a national search to replace Greg Hendey as the Chief of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Jim Comes has accepted the position as Chief of Emergency Medicine at UCSF Fresno and Vice-Chair of Emergency Medicine at UCSF.   His current academic appointment within UCSF is Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine.  Dr. Comes completed his Emergency Medicine residency training in 1994 at UCSF Fresno (Valley Medical Center).  Prior to becoming chief, Jim dedicated his career to graduate medical education, serving in an educational leadership role for the past 23 years, first as program director for the transitional year internship and assistant residency director  followed by dedicated service as program director from 2006-2017 for the UCSF Fresno Emergency Medicine Residency Program.  Jim is Chair of the Emergency Department at Community Regional Medical Center, one of the busiest emergency departments in the state.  Dr. Comes earned his BS from the University of California Irvine and his MD from the University of Pennsylvania.   He has received letters of commendation from Senator Barbara Boxer and other elected officials for his service to the community.  He is the recipient of the Haile Debas Academy of Medical Educators UCSF Excellence in Teaching Award.  In addition to being a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, he serves as an examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine.  Jim will hold the endowed Gene Kallsen Chair in Emergency Medicine at UCSF Fresno and provide visionary leadership for the clinical, educational and research components of Emergency Medicine.




Congratulations to Drs Mason, Darracq and von Reinhart for completing the ACEP teaching fellowship!



Huge Props to our EMRA Alternate Rep, Danielle Holtz, for pulling off the coordination of this amazing video that will be seen all across the country for EM Wellness Week.


EMRA Celebrates EM Wellness Week from EM Residents' Association (EMRA) on Vimeo.



Congratulations to EM faculty and residents receiving recognition at graduation for their exceptional achievements


Deena Bengiamin received the Outstanding Attending Teacher Award for UCSF Fresno
Crystal Ives received the Borba  House staff  Resident Research Award.


Nick Brandehoff received the Steven N Parks Leadership Award (selected and sponsored by the Fresno Madera Medical Society).



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.