Training Sites

We are very proud of our variety of training settings, which provide trainees the chance to practice in academic, community, and county environments.

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

Stanford University 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:

  • Level I Trauma Center
  • STEMI receiving center
  • Treats more than 70,000 patients annually, including 2,500 traumas
  • a stroke receiving center


The new Stanford Hospital opened in November 2019 with a much-enlarged Marc Andreessen and Laura-Arrillaga Andreessen Adult Emergency Department. Among the many innovations and state-of-art technology, the new ED includes:

  • 43,000 square feet of patient care space
  • 66 individual patient rooms
  • 9 resuscitation areas for trauma patients
  • Video capability at each bed for teleconferences
  • 4 isolation rooms for patients with infectious diseases


Stanford Hospital 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 subspecialties. 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.

New Pediatric Emergency Department

The former Stanford ED has transitioned into pediatric-focused ED for patients age 20 and younger. Over the next 18 – 24 months, the space will be further transformed to create an environment conducive to pediatric emergency care. 

Learn more:

With new hospital, Stanford will have separate adult, pediatric emergency departments  

Stanford Health Care opens doors to new Stanford Hospital

New Stanford Hospital takes holistic approach to technology




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 more than 70,000 high acuity patients a year. Pediatrics accounts for more than 15% of the population.

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

  • 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 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 Level 1 Trauma Center and a Burn Center, seeing more than 110,000 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, including many recent immigrants.

Residents manage all trauma airways and are primarily responsible for the trauma and medical resuscitation bays. This is a high 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
  • recognized regional burn center
  • Level III neonatal intensive care unit
  • chronic dialysis unit
  • high-risk pregnancy program
  • sexual assault response team (SART)

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