The Department of Emergency Medicine at UCSF consists of approximately 50 faculty and 12 academic staff based at UCSF Medical Center and SFGH. UCSF-Fresno has 20 faculty.  Many of our faculty are recognized as national and international leaders in emergency medicine research and education, as well as scientific publishing and health policy. The Department supports a 4-year emergency medicine  residency program in San Francisco with major sites at UCSF Medical Center and SFGH. UCSF-Fresno's has a 3 year residency program. The Department offers fellowships in Ultrasound, EMS, Educational and Research, and directs the Toxicology Fellowship program at SFGH.

93,000 patients a year are treated in the Emergency Departments of UCSF Medical Center (UCSF) and San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) combined, creating an unparalleled undifferentiated patient population and contributing 30% and 65% of total admissions to their respective hospitals. SFGH is the county's only trauma center, and UCSF provides the full resources of one of the nation's leading tertiary care referral centers.. Emergency Medicine faculty play a major role in local and regional disaster planning as well as leadership in San Francisco Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Poison Control center.

The Department of Emergency Medicine is a strong supporter of both undergraduate and graduate medical education. Several of our faculty are members of the Academy of Educators, and several have served as medical student College Advisors. Members of the department have received recognition for teaching from the Academy of Educators, and two junior faculty have won the coveted UCSF Academic Senate Distinction in Teaching awards in 2011 and 2012. Several faculty have been awarded national teaching awards. As a group our faculty teach in multiple medical student courses as well as Continuing Medical Education courses.

Our faculty have a strong and growing track record in research and scholarly work. The department boasts several federally funded grants and large foundation grants.  Over the past 5 years, faculty have published over 95 peer reviewed publications, 43 textbook chapters, and 8 textbooks. Several faculty have federally funded grants. We have conducted research collaborations with other departments, including Medicine, Radiology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Pediatrics and Critical Care, and the Institute for Health Policy studies. and have run and participated in research networks and multi-center trials. 

Our department also has a strong interest in global emergency care. We have helped to establish the residency at the Department of Emergency Medicine at Muhumbilli National Hospital in Tanzania, and also conduct research and send our residents to the emergency department in Chiapas, Mexico.