Riverside Community Hospital (University of California, Riverside)


The Riverside Community Hospital / University of California Riverside emergency medicine program (RCH/UCR) uses a supportive and collegial training environment in a high volume, high acuity, high efficiency setting to educate generations of emergency physicians, superbly equipping them to heal those in need and advance the science of emergency medicine.

Since 1901, Riverside Community Hospital has been a vital part of the Inland Empire region, and for decades people in the community have depended on the hospital for comprehensive healthcare and its highly specialized services.

RCH/UCR is a 3-year program which offers residents the opportunity to join experienced academic attendings in a friendly supportive environment that has both high patient volume and very high acuity. Emergency Medicine residents train directly with clinical professors and instructors from UCR and mentor UCR medical students. The advanced simulation center on-site provides outstanding training in both cognitive and procedural skills.

Riverside Community Hospital concluded a $400 million expansion in 2017 to 558 full-service beds. RCH is a referral center for higher level of care to the Inland Empire. The expansive emergency department sees over 118,000 patients a year and is a regional STEMI, stroke, sepsis, and trauma center. Specialty services include trauma surgery, general surgery, vascular surgery, otolaryngology, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, bariatric surgery, radiology, interventional radiology, neurology (including acute stroke), interventional cardiology, internal medicine, pediatrics, ophthalmology, oncology, radiation oncology, psychiatry, and obstetrics and gynecology.



  • Department Chair, Associate DIO: Steven Kim, MD
  • Program Director Emeritus, Vice President of Academic Affairs for HCA GME: Gregory Guldner, MD, MS, FACEP
  • Program Director, DIO: Jason An, MD, FACEP
  • Associate Program Director: Curtis Knight, MD
  • Assistant Program Director: Allison Woodall, MD
  • Assistant Program Director: Sam Zidovetzki, MD, MPH
  • Research Director: Tommy Kim, MD, FAAP, FACEP
  • Ultrasound Director: Lucas Friedman, MD
  • Ultrasound Fellowship Director: Eva Tovar, MD
  • Medical Student Clerkship Director: John Costumbrado, MD

Training Locations

Primary Hospital

Riverside Community Hospital

Additional Hospital Sites

Riverside University Health System
Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)
Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)



  • EM Orientation (1 block)
  • EM (4 1/2 blocks)
  • EM Admin (1/2 block)
  • EM Ortho (1 block)
  • Peds EM (1 block)
  • Anesthesia (1 block)
  • CCU (1 block)
  • ICU (1 block)
  • OB (1/2 block)
  • Ultrasound (1/2 block)
  • Trauma (1 block)


  • EM (7 blocks)
  • EM Admin (1/2 block)
  • Elective (1/2 block x2)
  • PEM CHLA (1 block)
  • EMS (1 block)
  • ICU (1 block)
  • PICU RUHS (1 block)
  • Neuro ICU (1/2 block)


  • EM (10 blocks)
  • EM Admin (1/2 block)
  • Elective (1/2 block x 2)
  • PEM CHOC (1 block)
  • Ultrasound (1/2 block)


  • Advanced ECG
  • Clinical Dermatology
  • Clinical Ethics
  • Finance for Physicians
  • Flourishing in Medicine
  • Medical Education
  • Medical Legal (Bouncebacks)
  • Palliative Care
  • Radiology
  • Research
  • Resuscitation
  • Rural EM on Catalina Island
  • Toxicology
  • Transitioning to attending
  • Wilderness and Austere Medicine


Unique curricular offering to further explore academic interests during residency. Each resident is welcome to design and develop a longitudinal focus to concentrate on while completing residency. Common areas of interest include: critical care, simulation, wilderness medicine, administration, medical education, pediatric EM, international medicine, palliative care, bioethics, and patient safety/quality improvement.

Contact Information

  • Emergency Medicine Program Coordinator: Kris Ornelas
  • Phone (office): 951-205-3340
  • Phone (mobile): 951-205-3340
  • Email: kristina.ornelas@hcahealthcare.com
  • Chief's email: rch.ucr.em.chiefs@gmail.com

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