Emergency Medicine Residency Program

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The Emergency Medicine Residency Program at UC San Diego Medical Center began in 1990 with four residents. We now recruit for 11 residents per year. We currently have a total of 41 residents across the 4-year program, as the program grew in the last few years.

The residency is directed towards producing future leaders in Emergency Medicine and, as such, places emphasis on academic and leadership pursuits. The program offers a breadth of experience in education, research, administration, advocacy, and Emergency Medicine subspecialties. Our goal is to provide a wealth of opportunities to the resident who is hungry for exposure to many different aspects of Emergency Medicine while in training. In addition, for those residents seeking to focus in more detail on a certain aspect of Emergency Medicine, longitudinal concentrations are available in nearly every subspecialty. All trainees must complete and write up an independent research project, prepare a select numbers of abstracts from the literature, and may participate as a junior editor of the Journal of Emergency Medicine, which is based at UC San Diego. Approximately one-third of our graduates enter full-time academic positions, one-third enter groups associated with residency training programs with access to academic pursuits, and one-third join community hospital-based private groups.

Program Structure

Program Structure We are a 4-year residency program that includes rotations throughout San Diego and in Imperial County, in order to provide for diverse experiences in academic, community, and rural hospitals as well as aeromedical transport. Our residents rotate at:

UCSD’s Hillcrest Medical Center is the primary training site for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program. UCSD Medical Center is designated as one of the few Comprehensive Care Facilities in the state of California. We are a Level 1 Trauma Center, Burn Center, and serving a diverse population of inner city and suburban patients, while offering accredited training programs in all of the major medical and surgical specialties. As there is no county medical hospital in San Diego, UCSD’s Hillcrest Medical Center serves a similar role to a county hospital.

Residency Program Leadership

Leslie Oyama Dr. Leslie Oyama,  Program Director

Jorge Fernandez Dr. Peter Witucki, Associate Program Director 

Kristy Schwartz Dr. Kristy Schwartz, Assistant Program Director 

Melissa Pham, Residency Program Coordinator

 Maeve-Anne (Mae) Malong, Assistant Residency Program Coordinator


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For further information regarding the residency program, please call 619-543-6463.