The UCSF Department of Emergency Medicine offers a one or two-year Research Fellowship. Our goal is to provide health services research experience and mentorship for emergency medicine physicians interested or already active in health services research. Ideal candidates will already have some background in health services research. 

The fellowship includes formal research training, mentored opportunities to conduct emergency medicine research, and opportunities to teach topics in emergency medicine research. The curriculum includes a Master’s Program through the UCSF Department of Epidemiology/Biostatistics, monthly research Works In Progress meetings with Department of Emergency Medicine researchers, and monthly didactic sessions as a part of Department of Emergency Medicine journal club.

The fellowship director, Dr. Ralph Wang, has received federal and institutional grant funding to conduct clinical emergency medicine research, and has experience publishing manuscripts in journals such as Annals of Emergency Medicine, Radiology, and New England Journal of Medicine. Other core research faculty include Drs. Maria Raven, Hemal Kanzaria, Robert Rodriguez, and Renee Hsia. Our department has an active group of health services and clinical researchers with an orientation towards health equity and the idea of using the ED as a point of intervention to address needs for vulnerable populations.  We have a growing support staff that includes a research manager, research coordinators, and administrative support.

UCSF is a world-renowned institution in both clinical care and research, offering a variety of clinical experiences, opportunity for clinical and research collaborations not only within emergency medicine but with faculty in many other disciplines, and a supportive environment for teaching, research and professional development. The fellowship is based at the Moffitt-Long Hospital Emergency Department, and the overall experience at UCSF is intended to provide the fellow with ample opportunities for research as well as a diversity of clinical experience.

Highlights of the Fellow Year

  • UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Masters in Clinical Research
  • Participation in original and ongoing emergency medicine research projects
  • Focus on publication, abstract presentation at SAEM, and grant preparation
  • Participation in Department of Emergency Medicine Research Didactics

Recent Publications

1: Fahimi J, Kanzaria HK, Mongan J, Kahn KL, Wang RC. Potential Effect of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act on Use of Advanced Diagnostic Imaging in the Emergency Department: An Analysis of the National Hospital Ambulatory Care Survey. Radiology. 2019 Apr;291(1):188-193. doi: 10.1148/radiol.2019181650.

2: Wang RC, Smith-Bindman R, Whitaker E, Neilson J, Allen IE, Stoller ML, Fahimi J. Effect of Tamsulosin on Stone Passage for Ureteral Stones: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Ann Emerg Med. 2017 Mar;69(3):353-361.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2016.06.044.

3: Wang RC, Rodriguez RM, Moghadassi M, Noble V, Bailitz J, Mallin M, Corbo J, Kang TL, Chu P, Shiboski S, Smith-Bindman R. External Validation of the STONE Score, a Clinical Prediction Rule for Ureteral Stone: An Observational Multi-institutional Study. Ann Emerg Med. 2016 Apr;67(4):423-432.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2015.08.019.

4: Raven MC. Policies That Limit Emergency Department Visits and Reimbursements Undermine the Emergency Care System: Instead, Let's Optimize It. JAMA Netw Open. 2018 Oct 5;1(6):e183728. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.3728.

5: Niedzwiecki MJ, Kanzaria HK, Montoy JC, Hsia RY, Raven MC. Past Frequent Emergency Department Use Predicts Mortality. Health Aff (Millwood). 2019 Jan;38(1):155-158. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2018.05157.

6: McConville S, Raven MC, Sabbagh SH, Hsia RY. Frequent Emergency Department Users: A Statewide Comparison Before And After Affordable Care Act Implementation. Health Aff (Millwood). 2018 Jun;37(6):881-889. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2017.0784.


  • Ralph Wang, MD, MAS - Research Fellowship Director, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Maria Raven, MD - Chief, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Robert Rodriguez, MD – Vice Chair of Research, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Renee Hsia, MD, MAS – Director of Health Policy Studies, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Hemal Kanzaria, MD, MSc - Department of Care Coordination Medical Director, Department of Emergency Medicine



Salary and benefits are set by the Department of Emergency Medicine and the University of California annually. 

Interested applicants should be graduates of an accredited emergency medicine residency program. Please direct any questions to Dr. Ralph Wang, Fellowship Director, and email a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and 3 letters of recommendation (one of which must be from your residency program director) to Dawnee Wong, Fellowship Coordinator. The application deadline is September 15th.

Visas: Our department cannot sponsor J-1 or H-1B visas for non-ACGME fellows.