Exceptional clinical training. Innovative professional development. The career of your dreams.

For more than 25 years, we have had the privilege of training original thinkers, compassionate life-savers, dedicated clinicians, and brilliant researchers. Each resident has left a mark on the program, and we are proud to have many former residents as faculty.

Our curriculum has been carefully developed to foster lifelong growth and innovation while building skilled clinicians. As a result, our residents are doing great things to advance humanity, science, and health in ways that extend far beyond the walls of the emergency department.

By way of history, Stanford Emergency Medicine Residency Program was born in 1991 having 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. Over the past 25 years, our 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: Sara Krzyzaniak, MD
  • Assistant Program Director/R4 APD/In-hospital Line Director: Jennifer Kanapicki, MD
  • Assistant Program Director/R3 APD/Critical Care/Curriculum: Alfredo E. Urdaneta, MD, FACEP
  • Assistant Program Director/R2 APD/EMWOW Line Director: Al'ai Alvarez, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
  • Assistant Program Director/R1 APD/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/Simulation Fellow: Ashley Rider, MD

Training Locations

Primary Hospital

Stanford Health Care

Secondary Hospital

Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center

Tertiary Hospital

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center



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

  • Orthopedics: 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
  • QI project: 0.25 block

*Vacation: 0.75 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: 0.75 block


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: 0.75 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: 0.75 block


Check out our ACCEL Line Electives Catalogue.


  • Administrative
  • Clinical Informatics
  • Critical Care (Anesthesia and IM)
  • Innovation/Design
  • International/Global Health
  • Medical Education/Scholarship (SAEM)
  • Pediatric EM (ACGME)
  • Social EM
  • Simulation
  • Ultrasound
  • Wellness
  • Wilderness Medicine (SAEM)

For more info, check out our website.

Contact Information

Residency Program Coordinator: Bianca Velasquez Email: Phone: +1 650 724 0853 Fax: +1 650 723 0121

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