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Emergency Medicine Central Valley

The Kaiser Permanente Central Valley Emergency Residency Program is a three-year (PGY1-3) ACGME accredited residency program based in Modesto, California. It has been designed to provide comprehensive training in all aspects of Emergency Medicine necessary for becoming excellent clinicians, educators, and leaders in the field of Emergency Medicine. We have a strong focus on clinical Emergency Medicine, leadership building, operations management, physician wellness, patient safety and service, health care delivery systems and risk management.

What makes us unique

  • Highly integrated healthcare system
  • Evidence based medicine
  • Comprehensive didactic curriculum based on Adult Learning Theory
  • Innovative medical practices
  • Member of the CREST (Clinical Research in Emergency Services and Treatments) Network
  • Diverse clinical training environment
  • Focus on resident wellness and resilience


To foster clinicians, innovators and academicians to lead the world of tomorrow.


To provide an excellent graduate medical education defined as clinical and research training in the domains of Medical Knowledge, Patient Care, Professionalism, Systems Based Practices, Problem Based Learning, Communication and Inter-professional Teamwork, to medical graduates with the ultimate aim of creating and sustaining a well-trained, highly skilled work force to deliver unrivaled care to the people of the Central Valley for generations to come.

Diversity and Inclusion

At Kaiser Permanente, we value the collaboration and respect between individuals that make us stronger, and we cherish the differences that make us richer. Diversity, inclusion, and culturally competent medical care are defining characteristics of Kaiser Permanente’s past, present, and future. Our Diversity and Inclusion Committee is dedicated in recruiting, developing, and retaining emergency medicine residents who are committed to eagerly serving our diverse patient population of Northern California.

We are accomplishing this by:

  • Providing mentorship and support for trainees from all backgrounds with faculty who are committed to the growth and development of our learners.
  • Continuing to seek and engage in new opportunities focused toward community outreach within our marginalized patient populations.
  • Educating our peers in topics of health disparities as well as diversity, equity, inclusion throughout our formal conference curriculum and everyday emergency medicine practice.
  • Reaching out to our community and engaging in service endeavors involving premedical students, marginalized patient populations, and improvement of at-risk citizen access to essential services.
  • Recruiting a robust cohort of motivated medical students by connecting those interested with dedicated residents and faculty while providing those from underrepresented backgrounds with scholarship opportunities to rotate within our program.

Central Valley

Stretching from Sacramento to Fresno, California’s Central Valley consists of the San Joaquin basin, a catchment area of nearly 2 million people, with over 380,000 Kaiser Permanente members. The KPCVEM Program offers a unique opportunity to train in Emergency Medicine within a highly coordinated and well-organized system focused on integrated health care. In addition, access to San Joaquin General Hospital, Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, and Children’s Hospital of Oakland allows our trainees to get a comprehensive, well-rounded EM experience in a variety of clinical settings. Given the fact that our residents will be the first of their kind in many of the rotations, they are likely to benefit from a serious lack of competition with regards to critical patients and procedures. In addition, there are several leadership and educational opportunities within the community, especially with respect to community health, reduction of healthcare disparities and building of health education pipelines for the Central Valley.

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