Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How are the Emergency Departments at UCSF Moffitt-Long Hospital (MLH) and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG) affiliated with each other?
    This is a common area of confusion. Faculty members at both institutions have UCSF academic appointments under the Department of Emergency Medicine. MLH is the hospital located on the main UCSF campus, while ZSFG (a.k.a. "The County") is the county facility located in the Mission District. To mirror the EM residents rotating at both ED's, some of our faculty work clinically at both sites. 
  2. How can I afford to live in San Francisco on a resident salary?!
    Living in a major metropolitan area like San Francisco is definitely doable on a resident salary. To help defray the housing costs in San Francisco, UCSF provides a monthly housing allowance of $916.67 (taxable).
  3. Who rotates through the MLH Emergency Department?
    The MLH Emergency Department is a popular rotation. In addition to medical students, residents from UCSF Medicine, UCSF Neurology, and Highland EM all help manage the critically ill and complex patient population at MLH.
  4. Who rotates through the ZSFG Emergency Department?
    Similar to the MLH Emergency Department, the ZSFG Emergency Department is also a popular rotation. In addition to medical students (ranging from MS1s-MS4s doing sub-internships and shadowing faculty members), residents from UCSF Anesthesia, Surgery, Family Medicine, Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Psychiatry work alongside Internal Medicine residents from Kaiser, St. Mary's Medical Center, and California Pacific Medical Center.
  5. Are you affiliated with the UCSF-Fresno Emergency Medicine program?
    Yes, we are. The UCSF-Fresno EM residency program is our "sister program" in the northern California area. The faculty at UCSF-Fresno are an integral part of the UCSF Department of Emergency Medicine. Although our EM residents will not be rotating at their facility, please visit their residency website for more information.
  6. Do I have to have passed USMLE Boards Part 1, Part 2 CK, and Part 2 CS before I apply for a residency position? 
    No, we require USMLE Boards Part 1 scores in order to review your application. However, before we can place you on our rank list, you must have passed all of these exams.