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Update: May 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is having wide-ranging impacts throughout the US healthcare system.  Travel restrictions and limited supplies of necessary PPE for essential staff are impacting our ability to host medical students in our Emergency Department.  Medical education is a core part of our mission, and despite the many challenges  of these trying times, we are striving to continue our decades-long tradition of excellence in education.  The safety of our patients, staff, and trainees is always of the utmost importance.  

We want to uphold the spirit of recent guidelines and recommendations from national bodies.  Specifically, those from the Council of Residency Directors of EM (please see the consensus statement​ ) and the Coalition for Physician Accountability 

After careful consideration of our local circumstances and all relevant recommendations, we have concluded that we will host a much smaller-than-usual cohort of visiting students this year.  We will, as always, act as a “home” rotation for UCSF and UC Davis PRIME students.  We ask that all students applying to rotate with us reflect on the recommendations linked above, and check with their schools and advisors to make sure it is allowed and advisable for them to complete an away rotation in Fresno.  Please notify us when you apply whether or not you have a “home” rotation.  We hope to provide opportunities for those students who might not otherwise be able to complete any EM clerkship.  If you already have two EM rotations scheduled, please do not apply for a spot with us, or withdraw your application.

​Please contact our coordinator, Nick Dennie, to get approval BEFORE applying through VSLO.  We hope to save you the cost of an unnecessary application by ensuring you have been approved and we have a spot on the schedule for you.

As we continue to reevaluate the situation and adjust our plans accordingly, we will update this page. Our current plan is to schedule students for the following blocks:







EM 140.30​ – Sub-internship in Emergency Medicine at UCSF Fresno

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This 4-week course provides an exciting opportunity to do a sub-internship at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, California’s busiest Level One Trauma & Burn Center.  Sub-interns act as the primary care provider for ill and injured patients presenting to the Emergency Department with a wide variety of complaints.

Course Objectives: Through clinical work, bedside teaching, and didactic sessions, students will learn to care for undifferentiated ill and injured patients.  By assuming care for patients at the time of their initial presentation to the ED, students will learn to obtain relevant histories, perform focused physical exams, select appropriate diagnostics, interpret results, develop management and disposition plans, communicate effectively with consultants, patients, and families, and document appropriately.  In addition to 16 clinical shifts in the ED, students will participate in weekly resident conferences as well as didactic and simulation sessions designed exclusively for students.  Rotators will have opportunity to learn and practice many skills and procedures, including placing peripheral IV’s and central lines, NG tubes, Foley catheters; performing LP’s; suturing lacerations; reducing fractures and dislocations; and acquiring and interpreting bedside ultrasound images.  As sub-interns, students staff cases directly with attending physicians and act as the primary provider for their patients, including placing orders and completing documentation in the EMR.  Students have the option of doing an EMS ambulance ride-along shift, and/or a shift with our Mobile HeaL clinic.

Schedule: 4 week rotation, starting every other Monday.  Students are scheduled for 16 shifts, each 8-10 hours long.  Students are expected to attend weekly resident conference (4 hours/week) and medical student-specific didactics (1-2 hours/week).

Common Problems/Diseases:  Students will encounter a wide variety of disease processes, including acute traumatic injuries, exacerbations of chronic illnesses, infections both common (community-acquired pneumonia) and rare (extrapulmonary coccidioidomycosis), and critical illnesses such as MI, stroke, and septic shock.  Our population includes patients of all ages, many ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and those suffering from problems related to addiction, homelessness, and limited access to care.

Prerequisites: Prior completion of core clerkships in Medicine, Pediatrics, Ob/Gyn and Surgery.  Students must have passed USMLE Step 1 prior to beginning the clerkship.  Prerequisites can be waived at the discretion of the course director.  For rotation dates starting May through October, scheduling preference is given to those planning to apply for residency in Emergency Medicine. 

How to apply: Please email your medical school transcripts, USMLE score transcripts, a brief statement of interest, and preferred rotation dates to our clerkship coordinator, Nick Dennie .  Your statement of interest should briefly explain why you want to take this course and how it fits into your career plans.  Every year, we receive applications from many more students than we can accommodate.  Please take this opportunity to provide us any information that might be helpful as we consider your application.  Visiting students: we do participate in VSAS/VSLO.  However, you MUST first submit your application materials listed above to receive approval.  Once approved, you can then submit necessary administrative documents via VSLO.  We will not review applications submitted only to VSLO without first obtaining approval from the clerkship director.

​We will begin accepting applications from visiting students on March 1, 2020.  We will begin offering rotation spots to visiting students on April 1, 2020.  UCSF and UC Davis PRIME students may apply at any time.

All students (UCSF and visiting students using VSLO) may apply online at: . 

UCSF students: please refer to the Fresno website at Or, complete STEP 2 at link:

Send your requests or questions to:

Nick Dennie, Clerkship Coordinator
UCSF Fresno, Department of Emergency Medicine


Anneli von Reinhart 
Medical Student Clerkship Director
UCSF Fresno Department of Emergency Medicine



Student housing is available and is free to UCSF students.  It is located about 10 miles from the CRMC hospital campus.  Rent for Non-UCSF students is $650.00 for a single bedroom, and $450.00 for a shared room (dorm setup.)  If there is no vacancy available, we do offer an alternative housing list, which is our version of AirBNB.  Questions about housing?  Contact UME Program Coordinator Juanita Sprowell,



UCSF Fresno has three exciting elective opportunities in Emergency Medicine (EM) that are provided in conjunction with the residency program.

  • Clinical EM Elective- EM 140.30
  • Wilderness Medicine Elective- EM 140.31
  • EM Research Elective- 150.01




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Wilderness Medicine Elective—EM 140.31
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“One of the best and most practical courses I have taken in medical school. I will recommend it to all of my friends.”

This elective is a two week course offered annually, usually in the late summer. It is a hands on course that covers the major topics and skills in wilderness medicine.

The course is a combination of classroom didactics and hands on training in the Sierras/Yosemite Park. Major topics in wilderness medicine are covered including:

  • High altitude illness
  • Heat and cold exposure
  • Lightning injuries and burns
  • Plants and envenomations
  • Trauma in the wilderness
  • Wild land fires and avalanches
  • Wilderness preparedness

High altitude illness
Heat and cold exposure
Lightning injuries and burns
Plants and envenomations
Trauma in the wilderness
Wild land fires and avalanches
Wilderness preparedness

The second week is spent in the Sierra Nevadas, applying the knowledge obtained in the first week
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Activities include:

  • Wilderness improvisation
  • Search and rescue
  • Wilderness survival
  • Rock climbing
  • Water safety

Student housing for the first week of the course is available at a cost of $150 total. This fee is applicable to all non-UCSF students applying for the course. For additional information on housing and to apply, please click on the following link:

To learn about the dates for this year’s course, for any questions, or to learn about the application process, please contact:

Michelle Storkan, MD
UCSF Fresno
Emergency Medicine Residency Program
155 North Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93701

Lori Weichenthal, MD
UCSF Fresno
Emergency Medicine Residency Program
155 North Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93701[/halfcolumn]


EM Research Elective—150.01
Students may arrange an elective rotation with one of the EM faculty members to work on a research project. The specific project, dates, and derivatives of the elective are at the discretion of the student and faculty preceptor. For more information, please see our research page or please contact:

UCSF Fresno
Department of Emergency Medicine
155 North Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93701




January 2020 



Scholarship for Visiting UiM Students – 2020

We are no longer accepting scholarship applications for 2020.  Thank you to all who applied and congratulations to our scholarship awardees!​

Click here to download application (MS word document)

The UCSF Fresno Emergency Medicine program is excited to again offer scholarships to support visiting students who come from groups underrepresented in medicine (UiM).  Our program is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all our recruitment and education efforts.  We believe that when our team reflects the diversity of our surrounding communities it enhances our ability to provide exceptional care.  To that end, this scholarship is designed to help students underrepresented in medicine complete a sub-internship in Emergency Medicine at UCSF Fresno.  The scholarship supports students by defraying the costs of travel and housing, and providing unique opportunities for mentoring and career development.

In addition to the exciting learning opportunities that our clerkship offers all our students, scholarship awardees will receive:

  • Free housing
  • $1000 for travel costs (receipts to be submitted for reimbursement)
  • Waived/reimbursed application fees
  • First priority in scheduling your rotation
  • Resident and faculty mentors to offer support and guidance, and facilitate opportunities for you to explore your areas of particular interest within EM

During their rotations, scholars and all our sub-interns will have opportunities to:

  • interview for residency at UCSF Fresno (no need to travel back during the busy interview season)
  • attend all departmental social and recruiting events
  • receive a letter of recommendation (eSLOE) from our department to include in your ERAS application

Eligibility:  To qualify for this scholarship, you must be entering your final year of medical school (graduating 2020) and planning to pursue a residency in Emergency Medicine.  You must identify as part of a group underrepresented in medicine, whether that be as a member of LGBTQ+ communities or, in the AAMC’s words, “those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.”  You must be in good academic standing.  Prior to the start of your rotation you must have completed core clerkships in Medicine, Pediatrics, Ob/Gyn, and Surgery and have passed Step 1 of the USMLE.  We do not have USMLE score cut-offs.

To apply, please complete the application form (download, fill out, save to desktop).  Email this form file, along with your medical school transcripts, a CV, and USMLE score report to Nick Dennie at  You will also need to apply to our clerkship through VSLO, but do not need to do so before submitting your scholarship application.

Applications are due by midnight (PST) on Thursday, February 28, 2020.  Scholarship offers will be made by Friday, March 13.

Questions about the scholarship or our clerkship?  Please email our coordinator, Nick Dennie  or our clerkship director, Dr. Anneli von Reinhart