University of California Irvine


Since 1989, the UC Irvine School of Medicine's Emergency Medicine Residency Program has been training leaders in emergency medicine.

UC Irvine Medical Center is a Level I trauma center, comprehensive stroke center, burn center, and cardiac receiving center. As the comprehensive tertiary care center for Orange County’s diverse population of 3 million people, our medical center provides residents with a wide range of clinical experiences.

In addition to UC Irvine Medical Center, our residents rotate at CHOC Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Miller Children’s Hospital, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Mission Hospital and the VA Long Beach Healthcare System.

During each shift, residents see a high volume of new, undifferentiated patients. We are proud of our one-on-one apprenticeship model. Our residents present every patient to an emergency medicine faculty member, never to a fellow resident. As such, our residents get the highest level of teaching for each patient case.

Our weekly conference appeals to today’s learners with high-yield, interactive didactics given by experts in all aspects of emergency medicine.


  • Department Chair: Chris Fox, MD
  • Program Director: Shannon Toohey, MD, MAEd
  • Associate/Assistant Program Director: Alisa Wray, MD, MAEd; Shadi Lahham, MD, MS; Sangeeta Sakaria, MD, MST

Training Locations

Primary Hospital

UC Irvine

Secondary Sites

Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), Miller Children's Hospital, VA Long Beach Healthcare System, Mission Hospital



  • EM (Combined Adult/Peds) - 28 weeks
  • MICU- 8 weeks
  • BICU - 2 weeks
  • Ob/Gyn - 3 weeks
  • PICU - 4 weeks
  • Trauma- 4 weeks
  • Vacation- 4 weeks


  • EM - 28 weeks
  • Peds EM - 3 weeks
  • SICU - 4 weeks
  • MICU - 4 weeks
  • Pediatric Orthopedics/Anesthesia - 3 weeks
  • EMS/Toxicology/Ultrasound/Catalina - 4 weeks
  • EM Mission - 3 weeks
  • Vacation- 4 weeks


  • EM - 34 weeks
  • Peds EM - 10 weeks
  • Vacation- 4 weeks
  • Elective - 4 weeks


Catalina Rural Medicine Experience Education Administration Research Tahoe orthopedics/community emergency medicine rotation Medical Spanish


Multimedia Design Education and Technology (MDEdTech) Fellowship Ultrasound Wilderness Informatics Simulation Research

Contact Information

Residency Coordinator: Jessica Holland

External Links

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