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The UCSF Fresno Emergency Medicine residency program is a four-year ACGME-accredited program. The program matches ten PGY-1 residents each year.

The UCSF Fresno Emergency Medicine residency program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).  All applications are handled through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges.



Program Director – Stacy Sawtelle, MD


For information about our application requirements please see below. For answers to specific questions, please contact:
Ariana Zaghmouri, Residency Program Coordinator

155 N Fresno St, Fresno CA 93701
Telephone: (559) 499-6440
FAX: 559-499-6441
E-mail: emergency@fresno.ucsf.edu
Web address: https://www.fresno.ucsf.edu/em
UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program web address: https://www.fresno.ucsf.edu



Application Requirements: ( Program Specific Information)
In selection, emphasis is on academic accomplishments, conscientiousness, emotional maturity, demonstrated clinical performance, and dedication to the field of emergency medicine.

Minimum Employment Requirements

To be eligible for a residency/fellowship appointment with UCSF Fresno, all current or expected trainees must possess one of the following for the duration of their anticipated years of training:

  • be a United States citizen
  • be in possession of a green card
  • be in possession of an EAD (work permit)
  • be in possession of an ECFMG-sponsored J-1 visa

UCSF Fresno doesn’t generally sponsor H-1B visas. Please contact individual programs regarding their policy on H-1B visa sponsorship.

Trainees in programs rotating to the VACCHCS must follow Federal Law and register for Selective Service. Trainees are not eligible for employment in programs that rotate to the VACCHCS if they have not registered for Selective Service or obtained a Status Information Letter from Selective Service indicating they were either not required to register with Selective Service or are exempt from the registration requirement. Additional information regarding Selective Service can be found at: www.sss.gov/.

California Medical License

Effective January 1, 2020, a Postgraduate Training License (PTL) is required for all trainees participating in a California ACGME program who have less than thirty-six (36) months of postgraduate training. A trainee must obtain a PTL within 180 days after enrollment in a board-approved postgraduate program. Trainees who have successfully completed thirty-six months of board-approved postgraduate training, with at least 24 consecutive months in the same program, must obtain a full and unrestricted California medical license.

Background Check

UCSF Fresno is committed to selecting and hiring the most capable house staff in order to pursue its strategic goals of excellence in teaching, learning, research, scholarship, creative activity and service to the community. All offers of appointment to UCSF Fresno sponsored GME programs are specifically conditioned upon a criminal background investigation. Background checks will be carried out by an agency on behalf of UCSF Fresno Graduate Medical Education Office. By signing the background check release form, prospective trainees are consenting to a background investigation.

Medical Clearance

A pre-placement health statement including supporting documentation (i.e., titers, PPD results, chest x-ray, etc.) must be completed prior to employment.

ACLS or PALS

To conform with hospital by-laws, UCSF Fresno requires all incoming house staff to be certified in ACLS (and/or PALS) as a pre-employment requirement. Some programs may require additional life support certification(s) based on specialty specific guidelines.

Training Modules

UCSF Fresno requires all incoming house staff to complete and pass specific training modules provided during the onboarding process prior to employment.

Various Paperwork

UCSF Fresno requires all incoming house staff to complete and return all documentation provided during the onboarding process prior to employment.

Additional Information for International Medical Graduates

Effective January 1, 2020, the Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL) will no longer be a requirement for international medical graduates entering training in California programs. Instead, all incoming trainees must apply for a Postgraduate Training License once they have secured a position in a program (see California Medical License section above).

Matched applicants must be in possession of an ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certificate in order to commence postgraduate training in the United States. Additional information regarding ECFMG certification can be found at: www.ecfmg.org.

Note: Additional specific program requirements may exist and will be provided after the match results.

Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


Chief of Emergency Medicine

Stacy Sawtelle, MD

James Comes, MD, FACEP

Program Director

Stacy Sawtelle, MD

Stacy Sawtelle, MD

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