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Advancing Emergency Medicine through exceptional education, patient care, research, and collaboration.

Interim Chief of Emergency Medicine

Danielle Campagne, MD, FACEP

Danielle Campagne, MD, FACEP

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Stacy Sawtelle-Vohra

Stacy Sawtelle Vohra, MD, FACEP

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Applications for the 2022 Underrepresented in Medicine (UiM) Scholarship are now closed

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 minoritized students 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
  • Waived/reimbursed application fees
  • 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

Scholarship winners and all our sub-interns are granted opportunity to:

  • interview for residency with UCSF Fresno’s Emergency Medicine program
  • receive a letter of recommendation (eSLOE) to include in your ERAS application

Eligibility: To qualify for this scholarship, you must be entering your final year of medical school (graduating 2023) 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.

To apply: please complete the application form, and email your CV, medical school transcript, and USMLE score report to Marie Martinez at marie.martinez@ucsf.edu. You cannot apply for this scholarship through VSLO.

Applications are due by midnight (PT) on February 28, 2022. Scholarship offers will be made by March 15.

Questions about the clerkship or scholarship? Email Clerkship Director, Dr. Jessie Werner at jessie.werner@ucsf.edu or Clerkship Coordinator, Marie Martinez at marie.martinez@ucsf.edu.



Sub-internship in Emergency Medicine—EM 140.30

Plans for 2022 Visiting Student Rotations 

For sub-internships starting in May and June, we will offer “home” rotations for UCSF and SJV Prime students. We will also accept “orphan” students from regional medical schools who do not have any home EM rotation. (We will thus act as the home rotation for those orphan students who complete a sub-internship with us.) We consider any school within a 300 mile radius of Fresno to be within our region, including most schools in California and Nevada. 

Blocks open only to home and orphan students include the following dates: 

  • May 16 – June 10 
  • May 30 – June 24 

Rotations starting in July, August, September, and October will be open to students from any US medical school. As always, we give priority to those students 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: 

  • *NEW DATE* July 11 – August 5
  • July 25 – August 19
  • August 8 – September 2 
  • August 22 – September 16 
  • September 5 – September 30 
  • September 19 – October 14 
  • October 3 – October 28 

To apply for a sub-internship in Emergency Medicine at UCSF Fresno, please email your application materials to our coordinator, Marie Martinez.  Please tell us if you are applying for an away rotation, or if you are an orphan student applying for a home rotation.  If you are an orphan student applying for a home rotation, please include some documentation from an administrator at your school confirming that they do not offer any sub-internships in Emergency Medicine.  If you are approved for a rotation and we have an open spot in the schedule for you, we will notify you and you can apply through VSLO at that time.  We will begin reviewing applications from visiting students in April.  UCSF and SJC PRIME students may apply at any time.  See below for further course details about the sub-internship and how to apply.

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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 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, 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 fresnoemclerkship@ucsf.edu. 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 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, 2022. We will begin offering rotation spots to visiting students on April 15, 2022. UCSF and SJV Prime students may apply at any time.
UCSF students: please refer to the Fresno website at www.fresno.ucsf.edu. Or, complete STEP 2 here.
Send your rotation requests to: fresnoemclerkship@ucsf.edu
Questions to:
Marie Martinez, Clerkship Coordinator
UCSF Fresno, Department of Emergency Medicine
Jessie Werner, MD, 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 Fresno UME Housing at fresno-umehousing@ucsf.edu.


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


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 here.

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, Department of Emergency Medicine
Lori Weichenthal, MD
UCSF Fresno, Department of Emergency Medicine
Marie Martinez, Elective Coordinator
UCSF Fresno, Department of Emergency Medicine


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