UCSF Fresno Acute Care/Trauma Surgery Physician Assistant (PA) Residency Program

The UCSF Fresno Acute Care/Trauma Surgery Physician Assistant (PA) Residency Program at the UCSF School of Medicine branch campus in Fresno is offering a twelve-month surgical residency program that provides intensive training in the perioperative and operative management of patients. All training takes place at our affiliated teaching hospital Community Regional Medical Centers (CRMC) in Fresno, California. CRMC is the only American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified Level 1 trauma center and burn unit serving California’s Central Valley, with a population of four million people. CRMC is composed of an inpatient facility with several multiple surgical specialty clinics on its campus.

PA Residents will develop critical thinking and surgical assistant skills throughout the year. Residents can expect to gain the fundamentals of surgical care through both didactic and clinical settings in a multitude of surgery sub-specialties to best prepare for a career in surgery. Surgical rotations include general surgery, burns, orthopedics, ACS/trauma, ER, urology, Trauma ICU, Surgical ICU, vascular and USA oncology (hepato-pancreato-biliary HPB, breast, endocrine).  A skills lab curriculum is utilized to refine skills and ultimately improve the quality of patient care. The curriculum is designed to prepare the physician assistant for a variety of clinical settings as well as a diverse patient population.


  • Orientation: Epic training, scrub classes 1 week
  • General surgery – 6 weeks
  • ACS/Trauma – 7 weeks
  • Burns – 4 weeks
  • Orthopedics – 4 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine – 4 weeks
  • Urology – 4 weeks
  • Trauma-ICU – 7 weeks
  • Surgical ICU – 6 weeks
  • Vascular – 4 weeks
  • USA Oncology – 6 weeks

Didactic Education

A number of educational opportunities will be available or included in the curriculum in addition to the clinical patient care experience:

  • National courses such as ATLS
  • Weekly Surgical conference and Grand Rounds
  • Simulation lab at UCSF Fresno
  • Accredited CME yearly didactic course with monthly assigned topics
  • Yearly skills lab course with monthly scheduled topics

Surgical Cognitive and Procedural Experiences (but not limited to)

  • Pre & post-surgical care management of general, acute care & trauma patients
  • Initial assessment & resuscitation of trauma patients
  • Airway management
  • Intense surgical critical care management
  • Fracture and dislocation management
  • Interosseous, central line placement, arterial line
  • Preliminary X-ray and CT interpretation
  • Bedside ultrasonography (i.e. FAST)
  • Wound closure and abscess drainage
  • Emergency room medical/surgical care (i.e. lumbar puncture, paracentesis, slit lamp exam, tonometry, joint aspiration, splinting)
  • Pediatric trauma/acute care surgery
  • Diabetes, HTN, CAD, acute cardiac emergencies, general medicine
  • Trauma, burns


The ACTSPAR is a 12-month program with biannual start dates. Maximum class size of 4 residents per year. Please check our website for information regarding the application cycles.

Residency Program Start Date: Biannually, January and June

Application Requirements

  • ACTPAR Application
  • Graduate of ARC-PA accredited PA program
  • Current NCCPA certification (prior to start date)
  • California state licensure (prior to start date)
  • DEA licensure (prior to start date)
  • Official PA school transcripts
  • Three professional letters of recommendation
  • Copies of current certifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal interview


Amy Kwok, MD, MPH, FACS
Medical Director

Neydi Salaverri-Edmonds, PA-C, DHSc
Program Director

Acute Care/Trauma Surgery PA Residency Program UCSF Department of Surgery
Community Regional Medical Center
2823 Fresno St., First floor
Dept. of Surgery
Fresno, CA 93721
559-459-5194 (Office)
559-459-3719 (Fax)

Acute Care/ Trauma Surgery Physician Assistant Residency Program Overview