By way of history, their program was born in 1991, when they accepted their 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. Over the past 25 years their patient volumes have almost doubled at these three institutions. Residents now have access to over 250,000 patients per year, and their two level-1 trauma centers (Stanford Hospital and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center) have over 5,000 trauma activations each year.


  • Department Chair: Andra L. Blomkalns, MD, MBA
  • Department Vice-Chair of Education: Michael A. Gisondi, MD
  • Program Director: Sarah R. Williams, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
  • Assistant Program Director/R4 coach/In-hospital Line Director: Jennifer Kanapicki, MD
  • Assistant Program Director/R3 coach/Critical Care/Curriculum: Alfredo E. Urdaneta, MD, FACEP
  • Assistant Program Director/R2 coach/SWaGgErT Line Director: Al'ai Alvarez, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
  • Assistant Program Director/R1 coach/MedEd Line Director: Holly Caretta-Weyer, MD, MHPE(c)
  • Assistant Program Director/Kaiser Santa Clara: Mark Thanassi, MD
  • Site Director/Santa Clara Valley Medical Center: Tamara Washington, MD
  • Interim Assistant Program Director/MedEd Fellow: William Dixon, MD

Training Locations

Primary Hospital

Stanford Health Care

Secondary Hospital

Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center

Tertiary Hospital

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center FIRST YEAR The first year starts with a 4-week orientation to familiarize interns with the emergency department, refresh emergency medicine topics, provide hands-on skills labs, and foster connections with classmates. Rotations during the intern year cover the essential areas of emergency medicine, as well as Neonatal ICU and Medical ICU. Interns also begin to explore ACCEL.

  • Blocks are 3-4 weeks.

  • Orientation: 1 block

  • Emergency Medicine: 4 blocks

  • Pediatric EM: 1 block dedicated (other blocks also include pediatric exposure)

  • Trauma: 2 blocks

  • MICU: 1 block

  • Anesthesia: 1 block

  • Orthopedics: 1 block

* CCU: 1 block 
*Ob/Gyn: 1 block

  • NICU: 0.5 block

  • ED Ultrasound: 0.5 block dedicated (also integrated into other areas)

  • Selective: 0.5 block

* Vacation: 1 block


  • Residents spend the majority of this year in the emergency department and ICU's, learning how to multi-task. Residents are given additional ACCEL time for further experience in their niche of focus or clinical elective.
  • Emergency Medicine: 8.5 blocks

  • MICU: 1 block

  • SICU: 1 block

  • PICU: 1 block

  • QI project: 0.25 block

*Selective: 1 block

  • Vacation: 1 block

THIRD YEAR Residents refine clinical skills through increased graduated responsibilities. Residents have clinical elective time and ACCEL time to develop expertise in a sub-specialty.

  • Emergency Medicine: 8.5 blocks

*Pediatric EM: 1 block 
*Critical Care: 1 block

  • Fast Track: 0.5 block

  • EMS: 0.5 block

  • Selectives: 2 blocks

  • QI Project: 0.25 block

* Vacation: 1 block


Our goal is for residents to transition to even greater autonomy, with additional supervisory and graduated responsibility within our new state of the art emergency department projected to open in fall 2019.

  • Emergency Medicine: 8 blocks

  • Pediatric EM: 1 block

  • Critical Care: 1 block

  • Selectives: 2.5 blocks

  • QI Project: 0.25 block

  • Vacation: 1 block



  • Administrative
  • Cardiovascular
  • Critical Care
  • EMS
  • International
  • Education
  • Pediatric
  • Social EM
  • Simulation
  • Ultrasound
  • Wilderness
  • Research

Contact Information

Residency Program Coordinator: Krista Fukumoto Email: Phone: +1 650 723 6269 Fax: +1 650 723 0121

External Links

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