UCSF Fresno Emergency Medicine Scholarship for Visiting Students 2023
The UCSF Fresno Emergency Medicine program is excited to offer a visiting student scholarship opportunity to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, who are committed to working with underserved populations, or are interested in working with issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Our institution was established to meet the needs of the San Joaquin Valley by training and retaining physicians to provide care in our region. It is the mission of the UCSF Fresno Department of Emergency Medicine to promote health in Central California by providing innovative and excellent patient care while training the next generation of physicians and advancing patient-centered research while serving our culturally diverse and medically under-served patient population. It is our goal to train physicians who reflect the diversity of our surrounding communities.
Eligibility: To qualify for this scholarship, you must
- Be entering your final year of medical school (graduating 2024)
- Planning to pursue a residency in Emergency Medicine.
- Identify as a student from a Disadvantaged Background**
- Be in good academic standing.
- Requirements for the UCSF Fresno’ clinical electives must also be met. https://www.fresno.ucsf.edu/medical-student-programs/list-of-elective-rotations/
- Prior to the start of your rotation, passed Step 1 of the USMLE
** Family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds AND/OR from a social, cultural, or educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that have demonstrably presented barriers to navigating admissions or access to medical careers.
This scholarship supports students by reducing the costs related to the clerkship travel, application/tuition fee and housing expenses. Scholarship awardees will receive reimbursement for the below expenses upon submission of receipts.
Questions about the clerkship or scholarship? Email Clerkship Director, Dr. Jessie Werner at firstname.lastname@example.org or Clerkship Coordinator, Marie Martinez at email@example.com.
Sub-internship in Emergency Medicine—EM 140.30
Plans for 2023 Visiting Student Rotations
Rotations between the months of May and October will be open to students from any US medical school planning to pursue a career in Emergency Medicine. We do offer to write eSLOEs for all our students to submit as part of their ERAS applications for residency.
Rotation blocks open to visiting students from any US medical school include the following dates:
- May 30 – June 24
- July 24 – Aug 19
- July 31 – Aug 26
- Aug 28 – Sept 23
- Sept 4 – Sept 30
- Sept 25 – Oct 21
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 and Overview:
- Plan and organize management and disposition of undifferentiated ill and injured patients.
- Exhibit refined skills in obtaining relevant histories, performing focused physical exams, selecting appropriate diagnostics, interpreting results, developing management and disposition plans, communicating effectively with consultants and patients and families, and providing appropriate patient education.
- Demonstrate proficiency in clinical skills, including placing peripheral IV’s and central lines, NG tubes and Foley catheters; performing LP’s; suturing lacerations; reducing fractures and dislocations; and performing and interpreting bedside ultrasound testing.
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 the 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, students are scheduled for 16 shifts, each 9-10 hours long. Students are expected to attend weekly resident conference (4 hours/week) and medical student-specific didactics (1-2 hours/week).
Common Problems and 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.
Pre-requisites: Prior completion of core clerkships in Medicine, Pediatrics, Ob/Gyn and Surgery. Students must have passed USMLE Step 1 prior to beginning the clerkship. Pre-requisites 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: Submit your medical school transcripts, USMLE Step 1 score, and a letter of interest in the VSLO portal. Your statement of interest should briefly explain why you want to take this course, and why a rotation in Fresno 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. We will begin accepting applications from visiting students on March 1. Offers for rotation spots to visiting students will begin after April 15. UCSF and SJV Prime students may apply at any time.
UCSF students: Complete STEP 2 here.
Marie Martinez, Clerkship Coordinator
UCSF Fresno, Department of Emergency Medicine
Jessie Werner, MD, Medical Student Clerkship Director
UCSF Fresno, Department of Emergency Medicine
Housing: 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 Fresno UME Housing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilderness Medicine Elective—EM 140.31
Wilderness Medicine UCSF Fresno from Daniel Hernandez on Vimeo.
“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
The second week is spent in the Sierra Nevadas, applying the knowledge obtained in the first week
- Wilderness improvisation
- Search and rescue
- Wilderness survival
- Rock climbing
- Water safety
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:
Department of Emergency Medicine
155 North Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93701