Acute Care/ Trauma Surgery Physician Assistant Residency (ACTSPAR)

The UCSF Fresno Acute Care/Trauma Surgery Physician Assistant Residency Program is affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. We offer a twelve-month surgical residency program that will provide intense training in the perioperative and operative management of patients. The primary training site will be at our affiliated teaching hospital Community Regional Medical Centers (CRMC) in Fresno, CA. CRMC is the only level 1 American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified Trauma Center serving the Central San Joaquin Valley, population two million people. CRMC is also a regional Burn Center-the only center between Los Angeles and the Bay area and has the fifth busiest emergency departments in California. CRMC is composed of an inpatient facility with several multispecialty 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 subspecialties 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 oncology (breast, hepato-pancreato-biliary HPB, endocrine). A skills lab curriculum is utilized to refine skills and ultimately improve quality of patient care. The curriculum is designed to prepare the physician assistant for a variety of practice settings and a wide spectrum of patients.

The UCSF Fresno Acute Care/ Trauma Surgery Physician Assistant Residency Program is currently seeking approval by the State of California as a PA postgraduate training program.



The program will follow the Physician Assistant Postgraduate Training Program Standards. Furthermore, the successful graduate would be prepared to sit for the Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) offered through the National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistants (NCCPA).

Orientation: Epic training, scrub classes 1 week

1-General surgery 6 weeks

2-ACS/Trauma   7 weeks

3-Burns 4 weeks

4-Orthopedics   4 weeks

5-Emergency Medicine 4 weeks

6-Urology   4 weeks

7-Trauma-ICU   7 weeks

8-Surgical ICU   6 weeks

9-Vascular   4 weeks

10-USA Oncology   6 weeks


Didactic Education

A number of educational opportunities will be 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)

Airway management

Ventilator 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)

Approach to chest pain (i.e. EKG interpretation)

Approach to shortness of breath

Approach to abdominal pain

Pediatric trauma/acute care surgery

Altered mental status

Diabetes, HTN, CAD, acute cardiac emergencies, general medicine

Trauma, burns

Overdose and psychiatric emergencies



The ACTSPAR is a 12-month program with a class size of 4 residents per year. Applications will be accepted September 1-December 1, 2017. Interviews will be held in November and December 2017.  Last day to receive applications February 28, 2018


Residency Program Start Date: June 25, 2018



Application Requirements

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

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

First Floor 2823 Fresno St Fresno, CA 93721

559-499-6590 (Office)

559-459-3719 (Fax)