Founded in 2015 at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, California; the program will begin its first class in 2016. Affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, we offer an 18 month postgraduate program that will accept 2 EMPA residents per year. Graduates who successfully complete the residency will receive a certificate of completion from UCSF. Our curriculum is based on the Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine and the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA) Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Postgraduate Training Program Standards. EMPA residents will learn and work alongside physician residents during their clinical and didactic training. The program will feature a strong emphasis on clinical teaching and hands-on training. The purpose of the PA emergency medicine residency is to provide extensive emergency medicine patient management skills that would propel graduates into successful future careers in both academic and private practice settings.
The UCSF Fresno Emergency Medicine Program, established in 1974, is one of the oldest emergency medicine programs in the country. The 4 year residency accepts 10 residents per year and has fellowships in emergency ultrasound, wilderness medicine and medical education.
Approximately 300 residents and fellows are currently obtaining postgraduate training on the UCSF Fresno campus. There are nearly 200 full time faculty members representing all specialties, and a local UCSF Associate Dean. The UCSF Fresno Medical Education and Research Center has excellent resources including office space, a library, an auditorium and multiple conference rooms with full audiovisual support, a clinical research center, and a simulation lab.
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 over 110,000.
The UCSF Fresno Emergency Medicine PA Residency is approved by the State of California as a PA postgraduate training program.
Welcome to our 2019 class of PA residents; John Nguyen, PA-C and Thomas Spangenberg, PA-C.
Congratulations to Chelsea Drake, PA-C on graduating from the UCSF Fresno Emergency Medicine PA Residency in December 2019. We’re excited that she will be joining us as a staff PA in the emergency department.
Congratulations to Morrell Chhay, PA-C on graduating from the UCSF Fresno Emergency Medicine PA Residency in May 2020. We’re excited that he will continue working with us as a per diem staff PA in the emergency department.
Congratulations to Julie Anderson, PA-C and Amy Maier, PA-C for their recent graduation from the UCSF Fresno Emergency Medicine PA Residency!
Congratulations to Jannifer Matos, PA-C for being the first graduate of the UCSF Fresno Emergency Medicine PA Residency!
In May, Program Director Fred Wu, MHS, PA-C began his term as President of the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA). Besides serving on the SEMPA Board of Directors, he is also a member of the Education and Postgraduate Education Committee. SEMPA is the national organization representing emergency medicine physician assistants (PAs).
Welcome to our 2018 class of PA residents; Chelsea Drake, Morrell Chhay and Ryan Grove!