Emergency Medicine

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Emergency Medicine Residency Program at a glance:

The RCH/UCR Emergency Medicine program:

  • Three year residency (PGY1-3)
  • 116,000+ ED visits a year
  • 23,000 + Pediatric visits a year
  • Regional STEMI, Stroke, Sepsis, and Trauma Center
  • 373 Bed Community Hospital Referral Center
  • Extensive EMS experience including aeromedicine
  • 2 miles to the University of California campus
  • Exceptionally high faculty to resident ratio
  • Abundant procedural experience beginning in PGY1

Riverside Community Hospital / University of California Riverside Emergency Medicine Residency Program: A unique three year program with university level care and high patient volume and acuity, all located in a supportive and collegial community setting, just minutes away from the beaches, mountains, and playgrounds of Southern California.

The Clinical Experience

The First Year

Incoming residents will start their clinical training as a cohesive group with the first month entirely in the RCH emergency department. This will help foster a safe and supportive atmosphere in an otherwise nerve wracking start to the responsibilities of being a resident. After a steep learning curve in the ED, PGY 1 residents will move on to month long rotations in Hospitalist Medicine, Cardiology/CCU, Trauma/Acute Care Surgery, Anesthesia, and Orthopedic Surgery, and a half-month rotation in Obstetrics. These off-service rotations will be interspersed between months back in the ED. A dedicated pediatric ED rotation rounds out the first year of the residency.

The Second Year

Second year residents will spend a full six months in the RCH ED, expanding the number of patients they can safely treat and becoming more proficient in clinical procedures. One of those months will be a dedicated ED ultrasound rotation to further develop bedside ultrasound skills prior to the PGY 3 year. The second year also exposes residents to critical care patients in the ICUs. PGY 2 residents will have two months in the very busy MICU/SICU where they will have ample opportunities to further develop their resuscitative skills and procedural capabilities. They will also spend two months in the RUHS-MC Pediatric ICU where they are taught directly by Pediatric Critical Care attending physicians. Residents in year two have a month long EMS rotation that will expose them to pre-hospital medicine, including ride-alongs with paramedics and firefighters and an optional air medical experience. In this rotation, they will learn to manage radio calls from the field and become certified base station physicians. PGY2 residents have a month of elective clinical activity that can be chosen from existing electives or developed with the program director in an area of their interest.

The Third Year

Residents in their final year of residency training spend their entire clinical experience in the emergency department with the exception of a one month elective. Residents will lead the trauma team, direct resuscitations, and assume the role of resident-in-charge of the ED. They will direct pre-hospital providers as a base station physician and will be integrated into the administrative team to assist in patient flow. An elective month can be chosen from existing electives or be developed with the program director.