Emergency Medicine

Residency Program

Intern Retreat
EM Class of 2012
Welcome to the Stanford/Kaiser Emergency Medicine Residency web site. Thank you for your interest in our residency. I hope that you will take a few minutes to read about us and understand why we are so proud of our program.

By way of history, our program was born in 1991, when we accepted our first 8 residents. The residency was conceived as a combined program with the academic center of Stanford University and its medical center; Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara, a community-based teaching hospital; and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, the second busiest county hospital ED in the state. This combination of work environments has proven successful at preparing physicians to work in any emergency department environment, as well as allowing residents to experience diverse environments to find a place in which they would like to pursue their careers. Residents have access to over 200,000 patients per year, and our two level-1 trauma centers (Stanford Hospital and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center) have over 5,000 trauma activations each year.  Today, our program has funding and approval for 36 residents, matching 12 residents each year.

ED Walk Rounds
Bedside teaching rounds
Many people might be surprised to learn that an academic center would be host to a three-year emergency medicine residency. Actually,  the majority of EM residency programs in the US have a 3-year format (>70%).   More importantly, our philosophy has always been that a 3-year program allows residents the most flexibility, and is better suited to the pursuit of an academic career.  Those aspiring to academic practice have a year saved to pursue fellowships or other academic interests.  Those who wish to delve directly into clinical practice following residency are fully prepared and board eligible to do so after three years. We encourage and assist  those residents who desire additional sub-specialty training or more academic experiences to pursue an additional year (or two) of training. 

International Emergency Medicine
R3 working a clinic in rural Vietnam
Our program offers several post-graduate fellowships, which foster rich academic and mentorship opportunities for our current residents.  Examples of our Fellowships include Ultrasound, Wilderness Medicine, International Medicine, Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, and Medical Simulation.  We also offer an Academic and Administrative Fellowship for graduates wishing to pursue an academic and a career in residency direction.  As all of our fellows are graduates of an emergency medicine residency program, they are hired as faculty in the emergency department and have faculty appointments at the Stanford University School of Medicine.  Other fellowships that have been completed by our graduates (not offered by our program) include Health Policy, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine Administration, Sports Medicine, and Toxicology. 

Ed Klofas
Close faculty mentoring
Faculty members of our residency are the leaders in a variety of areas, known for expertise in fields such as wilderness medicine, international medicine, technology in education, health services research, cardiovascular emergency medicine, and medical education.  Stanford is a world-class institution with many experts in other fields. Residents participate on services with these outstanding educators. The talented non-EM faculty participate in the education of our residents in conferences, journal clubs, and bedside teaching; as well as on high yield off-service clinical rotations.

In addition to a unique and stimulating work environment, the Stanford campus and surrounding community offer a variety of activities to improve resident wellness. The athletic facilities are state of the art. Stanford hosts many national and international sports competitions at facilities available for resident use. In addition to athletics, the campus offers amazing libraries, musical and theatrical programs, and special visiting lecturers. Surrounding us is the famous San Francisco Bay Area, complete with mountain and road cycling, hiking, surfing, sailing, theater, restaurants, exciting nightlife and other cultural offerings.

I hope this gives you a better idea of who we are. We are very proud of our residents, our faculty, our graduates, and our program. I would encourage you to contact me if you have any further questions about our program.

Philip M. Harter
Phillip M. Harter, M.D., F.A.C.E.P.
Director, Stanford/Kaiser Emergency Medicine Residency Program

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