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Since 1978, the Department of Emergency Medicine has grown from three full time faculty to 30 faculty and over 60,000 visits per year. Our Hillcrest ED is a level 1 trauma center and the only designated comprehensive emergency department in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Learn more about us or read about our recent news and upcoming events.

Residency Program


We recruit 9 residents per year for a 4-year period and total of 36 residents in a PGY 1-4 format. Our program involves UCSD Medical Center, Tri-City Medical Center, Palomar Medical Center, Rady Children's Hospital, Pioneers Memorial Hospital and Scripps Mercy Hospital.

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Learn more about UC San Diego Department of Emergency Medicine's Fellowship Training in:

- Pediatric Emergency Medicine
- Medical Toxicology
- Hyperbaric Medicine
- Ultrasound Medicine
- NIH Clinical Informatics
- EMS/Disaster Medicine
- Additional Fellowships

Medical Students

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We offer four four-week, fourth year medical clerkships:

- Emergency Medicine Clerkship
- Hyperbaric Medicine Clerkship
- Medical Toxicology Clerkship
- Ultrasound Medicine Clerkship

Our Mission

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To provide the highest level of patient care and customer service while shaping the future of emergency medical care through innovation, research, and education.

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