UCSF Fresno Emergency Medicine PA Residency

Program Information

UCSF Fresno Emergency Medicine PA Residency

155 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93701

(559) 499-6440
Fax: (559) 499-6441



Contact Information

Fred Wu, PA-C, MHS

Program Director



Program Description

Founded in 2015 at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, California; the residency will begin its first class June 27, 2016. Affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, we offer an 18-month postgraduate residency that will accept two emergency medicine PA (EMPA) residents per year. Graduates who successfully complete the residency will receive a certificate of completion from UCSF. Our curriculum is based on the Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine and the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA) Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Postgraduate Training Program Standards. These standards have been set by SEMPA, the national organization representing EMPAs. EMPA residents will learn and work alongside physician residents during their clinical and didactic training. The program will feature a strong emphasis on clinical teaching and hands-on training. The purpose of the PA emergency medicine residency is to provide extensive emergency medicine patient management skills that would propel graduates into successful future careers in both academic and private practice settings.

Approximately 300 physician residents and fellows are currently obtaining postgraduate training on the UCSF Fresno campus.  There are nearly 200 full time faculty members representing all specialties, and a local UCSF Associate Dean.  The emergency medicine residency has an established 40+ year history of training emergency physicians. EMPA residents will be supervised throughout their training. The UCSF Fresno Medical Education and Research Center has excellent resources including office space, a library, an auditorium and multiple conference rooms with full audiovisual support, a clinical research center, and a simulation lab.

Community Regional Medical Center’s new, state-of-the-art emergency department serves as the only Level 1 Trauma Center and Burn Center for Central California, and handles an annual ED volume of over 110,000.


Curriculum Outline

The emergency medicine curriculum is an 18-month program based on the Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine, and the SEMPA Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Postgraduate Training Program Standards.  The curriculum is designed to prepare the physician assistant for a variety of practice settings and a wide spectrum of patients. Clinical rotations are selected to expose the EMPA resident to a broad variety of patients, faculty, procedures, and clinical presentations. Furthermore, the successful graduate should be prepared to sit for the Emergency Medicine Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) exam offered through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

  • Emergency Medicine: 10 months
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine: 1 month
  • Trauma: 1 month
  • Critical Care: 1 month
  • Burn: 2 weeks
  • Radiology/Emergency Ultrasound: 2 weeks
  • Toxicology: 2 weeks
  • Anesthesia: 2 weeks
  • EKG/EMS: 2 weeks
  • Orthopedic/Dermatology/OMFS/Ophthalmology: 1 month
  • Orientation: 1 week
  • SEMPA Conference: 1 week
  • Vacation: 4 weeks


Resuscitation courses such as BLS, ACLS, ATLS, PALS

Weekly Emergency Medicine conference (8a-1p Thursday)

Simulation lab at UCSF Fresno

Monthly Emergency Medicine Journal Club

SEMPA 360, SEMPA’s annual educational conference

Scholarly project


Program Duration

18 months



Annual salary: $60,000; Total 18-month salary: $90,000


Program Start Date

Late June but we will be offering rolling admissions into the Fall for accepted applicants who have a later graduation date.

Class Size

2 residents per class

Academic Affiliation

UCSF School of Medicine

Application Process

  • Completed application
  • Graduate of ARC-PA accredited PA program
  • Baccalaureate degree or higher
  • Current NCCPA certification
  • California state licensure
  • DEA licensure
  • Official PA school transcripts
  • Three professional letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal interview