Chief of Emergency Medicine

Stacy Sawtelle, MD

James Comes, MD, FACEP

Program Director

Stacy Sawtelle, MD

Stacy Sawtelle, MD

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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.

We are committed to provide high-quality, timely emergency care via the educational paradigm and to advance the specialty of Emergency Medicine nationally through educational innovations, scholarship and the dissemination of state-of-the-art Emergency Medicine care.

Program Aims

  • Empower residents to develop expertise beyond the fundamentals.
  • Create an environment that encourages achievement, success and leadership beyond residency.
  • Cultivate a culture of clinical excellence, professionalism and patient advocacy.
  • Recruit medical students and physicians who respect the rights and dignity of patients and conduct themselves with professional and personal integrity.


Announcing the Emergency Medicine Class of 2024

Nathan Dreyfus William Frye Maddie Giegold Meryn Hall

Nathan Dreyfus
University of Vermont

William Frye
Virginia Commonwealth

Maddie Giegold
Emory University

Meryn Hall
University of New Mexico

Sarah Koser Matthew Lippi Paloma Nevarez Miles McDonough

Sarah Koser

Matthew Lippi
University of Colorado

Paloma Marin Nevarez
Stanford University

Miles McDonough
University of Washington

Nicole Palmer Enid Picart Nikhil Ranadive Charlaine Roberto

Nicole Palmer


Enid Picart
UC Davis

Nikhil Ranadive
Emory University

Charlaine Roberto
Michigan State


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