Training Sites

One of the greatest strengths of our residency program is our variety of training settings, which provide residents the chance to practice in academic, community, and county environments.

  • Stanford offers world-class tertiary care exposure, as well as outstanding emergency medicine experience.
  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Center offers award-winning community-based care.
  • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center provides an exceptional county experience serving one of the most populous cities in the country.

Stanford Medical Center

Stanford University Medical Center includes:

  • Stanford Hospital and Clinics
  • Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford


The Emergency Department, a Level I Trauma Center, serves Stanford Hospital and the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, and treats more than 50,000 patients annually, including 2,400 traumas. The patient population is of exceptionally high acuity. Approximately 21% of patients are admitted to the hospital. The 57 patient beds in the emergency department include:

  • 10 critical care
  • 3 are trauma resuscitation bays
  • 10 pediatric
  • 11 under 23-hour observation


Stanford Hospital, a stroke receiving center, is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals. Patients come from all over the world for specialized care in cardiology, neurology, oncology, transplant medicine, and a host of surgical subspecialtie. Most of these patients pass through the emergency department resulting in a patient population with very complex pathology.

The emergency department serves the communities of the Peninsula, Santa Clara Valley, and Santa Cruz mountains and is a safety net for underserved cities of East Palo Alto, East Menlo Park, and Redwood City.

The state-of-art pediatric emergency department, a pediatric STEMI receiving center, annually draws 13,000 pediatric patients routinely seen by residents. A high acuity patient population is likewise seen at theLucile Packard Children's Hospital, named one of the top ten pediatric hospitals by US News and World Report.

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara, boasts a new state-of-the-art hospital. The 46-bed Emergency Department sees approximately 70,000 high acuity patients a year. Pediatrics accounts for more than 15% of the population.

The Emergency Department includes:

  • 26 main treatment beds
  • 10-bed minor injury area
  • 14-bed clinical decision unit


Kaiser Santa Clara is a busy receiving site for Santa Clara paramedic units. It is also:

  • designated STEMI receiving center
  • acute stroke center
  • referral center for pediatrics.


Kaiser Santa Clara has been recognized U.S. News and World Report for excellence in acute stroke and STEMI care.

Kaiser Permanente provides unique learning opportunities for residents, including 1:1 faculty-to-resident teaching ratio. Interns run codes alongside their attendings. Year 3 residents act almost independently as attendings and lead daily teaching rounds.

The 327-bed hospital serves over 250,000 members in Santa Clara County. Kaiser Permanente Medical Center has independent residency programs in Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Podiatry. These are complemented by Stanford University residents in other specialties, including pediatric and general surgery.

Health Management Organizations are an integral part of healthcare delivery, and 1 in 3 Northern Californians is a member of the Kaiser system. Kaiser’s integrated delivery has been a model for national reform. Numerous opportunities exist for research and quality improvement projects within the organization.

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is a 461-bed county hospital located in San Jose. Serving a population of 1.4 million, the hospital provides high quality, cost-effective health care to Santa Clara County residents, regardless of ability to pay.

The Emergency Department, built in 1989, is a 29-bed Level 1 Trauma Center and a Burn Center, seeing more than 130,000 patients per year, 10-15% being pediatrics. There are approximately 3,000 trauma activations each year with a high proportion of pediatric traumas.

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is the second busiest county emergency department in California. The urban population is extremely diverse, comprised of many recent immigrants.

Residents manage all trauma airways and are primarily responsible for a 11-bed area, which includes the trauma bay and medical resuscitation bays. This is ahigh acuity environment that sees advanced medical pathology and large amounts of blunt and penetrating trauma.

The Emergency Department houses one of Santa Clara County 's major paramedic bases, which handles over 7,000 paramedic calls per year. Residents gain invaluable first-hand experience in the management of pre-hospital care.

Education is of primary importance at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and the departments of internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, radiology, and pathology maintain their own independent residency programs.

The hospital also provides many regional specialty-care programs, including:

  • top ranked comprehensive spinal cord and head injury unit
  • 8-bed regional burn center
  • Level III neonatal intensive care unit
  • chronic dialysis unit
  • high-risk pregnancy program

Mission Statement

Our vision is to be at the forefront of emergency medical care by actively engaging our patients, community and healthcare system, while fostering a vibrant and balanced environment for our faculty and learners.

Our success is driven by the finest clinicians, researchers, and educators and their pursuit of state-of-the-art clinical care, transformative research, dynamic education, and compassionate service to our communities, at home and abroad.