There are many unique and attractive opportunities being built into our residency program. We are building this program by asking ourselves, "If we had to do residency over again, what would we envision as the perfect program?" and "In addition to excellence in clinical training, what else would I have wanted to experience during residency?"
1. JOINING THE EMS FAMILY
Because San Francisco is a large metropolitan city, homeland security and disaster preparedness are especially critical issues. To build bridges with the greater EM community, the resident will work with EMS teams for ride-alongs, various teaching events, administrative projects, and research.
2. ATTEND NATIONAL-CALIBER LECTURES
Many of our EM faculty are prominent speakers for the three major organizations in emergency medicine (SAEM, ACEP, AAEM). These are the same faculty members who will be lecturing during the weekly residency core curriculum series. Our department also hosts 2 major annual CME conferences. Many prominent national speakers belong to our lecture faculty for the courses. High Risk Emergency Medicine (San Francisco) and High Risk Emergency Medicine (Hawaii) are attended by EM physicians from across the country, and the attendance numbers are consistently rising every year. Both of these conference are held in San Francisco, and our residents will be able to attend these lectures for free.
3. DEDICATED TIME WITH THE ATTENDING
We value resident education. At UCSF Moffitt-Long Hospital (MLH), attending teaching shifts have been added solely for the purpose of more focused, one-on-one teaching. At San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) we hold morning teaching rounds, led by either the attending physician or the senior resident.
4. PEDIATRIC EXPERIENCE
In addition to working at an extremely busy and high-acuity Pediatric Urgent Care center at San Francisco General Hospital (PGY-1 rotation), our EM residents will rotate in the Emergency Department at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital - San Francisco and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital - Oakland. The UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital - Oakland is a busy, level-one trauma center with an annual census of 52,000 pediatric patients. There is also significant exposure to pediatric patients at both Moffitt-Long Hospital and San Francisco General Hospital during the Emergency Department rotations.
5. EXPERIENCE WITH DISASTER TRAINING
Our residents will have the option to work with the Disaster Medical Assistance Team Bay Area CA-6, which has deployed to such disasters as the World Trade Center, the Salt Lake City Olympics, and Katrina (twice). Also, our residents will receive training in disaster scene management (incident command) and participate in EMS System disaster exercises.
6. NEUROLOGIC RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
San Francisco General Hospital was just named as one of the major "hubs" within an NIH-funded research network of academic centers -- the Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT) Network. The University of California, San Francisco Medical Center was also named as one of the "spokes" of the network. The network will conduct large simple trials to reduce the burden of very acute injuries and illnesses affecting the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system. The network recognizes and seeks to explore the special narrow window of opportunity that seems to exist in treating neurologic damage from a variety of pathologies ranging from stroke to traumatic brain injury to seizures to meningitis. The study of very rapid interventions will have to be implemented by paramedics in the field, or by physicians in the Emergency Department. This network provides the basis for conducting efficient studies in these environments. Visit the NETT website.