History

In the past 30 years, Emergency Medicine in the United States has developed from a novel idea into a full academic discipline with a unique body of knowledge, over a dozen peer reviewed scientific journals, and several hundred textbooks.

UCSF has long had an accomplished Emergency Medicine faculty, including a number of nationally prominent leaders in the specialty. The faculty were based at both UCSF Medical Center on Parnassus and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, both divisions of other departments, with a department of Emergency Medicine at UCSF Fresno. In July of 2008, the UCSF Department of Emergency Medicine was formed, incorporating faculty from all three sites. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco opened on the Mission Bay campus in 2015. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland was integrated in 2021.

The UCSF-SFGH emergency medicine residency program had its inaugural year in 2008, and now has a full complement of 60 residents in its four-year program. Our department has ten fellowship programs (three ACGME fellowship programs and seven non-ACGME fellowship programs). UCSF-Fresno has had a highly respected emergency medicine residency program since 1978.