Emergency Medicine Education

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UCSF Fresno Department of Emergency Medicine Education Fellowship


Welcome our 2020-2021 fellow,
Dr. Jessie Werner

The UCSF Fresno Department of Emergency Medicine offers a one year fellowship in Medical Education to propel your career forward. 

Applicants should submit the following by September 15:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of intent
  • Two letters of reference (including one from your program director) can be submitted before the interview.

Please send materials to:

Jessica Mason, MD
Fellowship Program Director


Toni Conmy
Medical Education Fellowship Coordinator


We accept applicants from the United States who are board eligible or board certified in Emergency Medicine. In some cases we may consider internationally trained candidates. 


Fellowship Objectives

  1. Design and implement an educational project

Our faculty will support and guide you as you design and implement an education project of your choosing.

  1. Translate your project into academic scholarship

Submit a paper to a journal, present at conferences, write for a blog, and/or digitally publish your work.

  1. Develop and improve your skills as a clinical teacher

Fellows will teach during academic shifts, give lectures and lead workshops during resident conferences, and learn how to design simulation scenarios. Further opportunities to get involved in teaching medical students, residents, national parks medics, or pre-med learners are available depending on interest.

  1. Build mentorships and network 

Work with UCSF Fresno’s outstanding medical educators who train learners of all levels, from high school students interested in health careers to medical students, residents, and attending physicians pursuing CME. Network with like-minded colleagues across the country at the ACEP Teaching Fellowship.  

Fellowship Tracks

Fellows are encouraged to choose one of the following tracks:

  1. Digital Media and Technology – work with Dr. Jessica Mason from EM:RAP on digital publications. Optional activities in this track include:
  • Learn to use the equipment needed to record audio and/or video for medical education.
  • Produce, write, record, and edit a podcast segment for EM:RAP or C3.
  • Produce, write, film, and edit a teaching video for EM:RAP HD.
  1. Assistant Clerkship Director – work side-by-side with Dr. Anneli von Reinhart, our Clerkship Director, in running our medical student rotations. During a typical year 70+ students from all over the country rotate through our department, seeking a high yield clinical and educational experience.
  • Advise and mentor students applying to Emergency Medicine. 
  • Design and implement curricula for the rotating medical students.
  • Delve into the challenges of grading, evaluation, and writing eSLOEs.
  1. Assistant Program Director – work with Residency Program Director Dr. Stacy Sawtelle Vohra and the residency leadership team as an APD, learning the ropes of graduate medical education and running a residency.
  • Learn how to structure and build a residency curriculum.
  • Advise and evaluate Emergency Medicine residents.
  • Participate in the Clinical Competency Committee (CCC).
  • Recruit and evaluate medical student applicants.
  1. Build your own track!
  • We can help you structure your own educational objectives to suit your individual interests.
  • Our faculty will help you define your goals and pair you with mentors to guide you towards success.

Professional Development

  • Education fellowship meetings
    • Fellows will meet with the education faculty regularly to discuss projects, work towards career goals, and build mentoring relationships.
    • Fellows lead a bimonthly journal club on topics of their choosing.
    • The Scholarly Projects in Education Council (SPEC) meets bimonthly to discuss educational projects, and provide guidance and support.
  • ACEP Teaching Fellowship
    • Education fellows are funded to attend this two-part teaching fellowship in Dallas, Texas, specifically designed for Emergency Medicine educators.  This program results in a certificate, and allows you to meet, learn from, and build relationships with colleagues from across the country, including luminaries of EM education.
  • UCSF Health Professions Education Pathway
    • Fellows can opt into this one month intensive program in San Francisco for an interdisciplinary approach to fundamentals of medical education, including bedside teaching, curricular development, and education research. The HPE program provides the opportunity to build relationships with UCSF educators and to present your project at their spring symposium.
  • UCSF Fresno Education Symposium
    • Fellows will present their scholarly work and progress of their educational projects at this annual event.

About our residency program and Emergency Department

Our Emergency Medicine residency program was founded in 1974 and is one of the oldest and most respected in the country. We serve a large and diverse patient population from urban, suburban, rural and wilderness settings in California’s Central Valley. Our ED at Community Regional Medical Center serves >113,000 patients per year, and we see the highest volume of trauma patients of any Level 1 Trauma Center in California.

About our faculty

Jessica Mason, MD

Jessica Mason, MD

Program Director, Emergency Medicine Education Fellowship, UCSF Fresno
Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, UCSF

Stacy Sawtelle, MD

Stacy Sawtelle Vohra, MD, FACEP

Program Director, UCSF Fresno
Associate Program Director, Emergency Medicine Education Fellowship, UCSF Fresno
Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, UCSF



Jessica Fujimoto, MD
2020 Fellowship Graduate
Assistant Professor and Director of Emergency Medicine Simulation 
UCSF Fresno Dept. of Emergency Medicine


Deena Benjamin, MD
2014 Fellowship Graduate
Associate Program Director
Loma Linda University Dept of Emergency Medicine
Former Emergency Medicine Clerkship Director at UCSF Fresno

Anneli von Reinhart, MD
2017 Fellowship Graduate
Emergency Medicine Clerkship Director
UCSF Fresno Dept. of Emergency Medicine


Jessica Mason, MD
Jessica Mason, MD
2017 Fellowship Graduate
Medical Education Fellowship Director
UCSF Fresno Dept. of Emergency Medicine


Xian Li, MD
2018 Fellowship Graduate
Assistant Program Director
UCSF Fresno Dept. of Emergency Medicine


About Fresno

Fresno is the 5th largest city in California. We’ve got plenty of sunshine and entertainment. We have great options for dining, shopping, theater, concerts, and of course, the outdoors. We are a short drive from three national parks – Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon. Several of California’s destination lakes and rivers are in close proximity. We are halfway between Los Angeles and Sacramento and many of the most sought-after destinations of California are a short drive or weekend trip distance away.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I still apply if I come from a 3 year residency program?

Yes, you can. In fact, several of our prior fellows came from 3 year programs. 

When should I apply?

Applications are due by September 15. Earlier applications are welcome. We aim to schedule interviews in September and October. We collaborate with other education fellowship coordinators across the country to work towards a common offer date.

How many education fellows do you hire per year?

We may hire one or two fellows per year.

How many shifts do fellows work in the ED?

Fellows work a minimum of 8 shifts per month. You can choose to add more at your discretion, but a full time shift load is discouraged as a fellow – we want you to focus on honing your craft as an educator.

Are fellows considered full time?

Yes, this is one of the beauties of fellowship! You are considered full time in terms of benefits, but you only have to work 8 shifts.

Do fellows have an academic title?

Fellows are given the academic title of Clinical Instructors of Emergency Medicine, UCSF Fresno.

Do you often hire fellows as faculty?

We love hiring our fellows and have an excellent retention rate, but we also beam with pride when our fellows move on to be academic leaders at other institutions.

Is there an academic stipend?

Fellows are given a $2,500 academic stipend.

Do you offer a Master’s Degree in Education?

A Master’s Degree in Education can be pursued at California State University, Fresno and is subsidized by the Department of Emergency Medicine.