About

The Department of Emergency Medicine at UCSF consists of 64 faculty and 21 academic staff based at UCSF Medical Center (UCSF), Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG) and Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco at Mission Bay. UCSF-Fresno has 43 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 ZSFG. UCSF-Fresno has a 4-year residency program. The Department offers fellowships in Ultrasound, EMS and Disaster Medicine, Global Health, Medical Education, Medical Toxicology, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Ultrasound, and Research.

140,000 patients a year are treated in the Emergency Departments of UCSF, ZSFG and Mission Bay combined. The population we serve is medically, socially and ethnically diverse. ZSFG 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. Seven of our faculty are members of the Academy of Educators, and several serve as medical student coaches. Members of the department have received recognition for teaching from the Academy of Educators, and three faculty have won the coveted UCSF Academic Senate Distinction in Teaching awards in 2011, 2012 and 2014. 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 five years, faculty have published over 621 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 helped to establish and remain affiliated with the Emergency Medicine Residency program at  Muhumbilli University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania by providing mentorship and resident exchange. We also conduct research and send our residents to the emergency department in Chiapas, Mexico.