Interactive program information
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Welcome from our Program Director
I would like to warmly welcome you to the Riverside Community Hospital (RCH) emergency medicine residency program. We are a unique, three-year emergency medicine residency program located in beautiful Southern California, 50 miles east of Los Angeles and 50 miles north of Laguna Beach.
About our program
Our training combines state-of-the art medical care with real-world emergency medicine practice in a highly efficient medical center. Because our residents train in a high volume, high acuity ED environment, our graduates complete the program with enormous confidence. RCH EM residents perform a very high number of procedures, manage critical patients on a regular basis. Our residents also have dedicated administrative training incorporated into their curriculum which includes learning about core and quality measures, clinical efficiency, throughput measures, and patient experience. This training makes our residents highly sought out when they graduate. They are superbly positioned to enter the workforce and make an important impact on emergency care.
At the RCH emergency medicine residency, you will flourish amid university level health care with exceptional patient volume in a friendly and supportive hospital. We'll take care of you, so you can take care of patients.
Curriculum & Rotation Schedule
Our expertly crafted programs are designed to provide resident physicians with all the experiences and training necessary for professional success.
The Emergency Medicine Residency program’s mission is to develop the next generation of physicians and physician leaders. As a part of HCA Healthcare, we are driven by a single mission: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.
This program is designed to offer residents a rewarding, educational environment where residents are provided individualized learning opportunities by faculty and staff who support and sustain one another throughout quality care delivery. Our faculty are committed to ensuring the residents' clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled while expanding residents’ perspectives to be inclusive of cultures, values, and ideals.
Get to know the team
Jason An, MD, FACEP
Designated Institutional Official
Program Director Emergency Medicine Residency
Riverside Community Hospital
Salary information (AY 23-24)
Medical student clerkship information
Welcome to Riverside Community Hospital (RCH), home of the RCH EM Residency Program and the University of California Riverside (UCR) School of Medicine EM Clerkship!
Riverside clinical ultrasound fellowship
The Riverside Clinical Ultrasound Fellowship is a one-year program at Riverside Community Hospital.
Absolutely. HCA is one of the largest healthcare organizations nationwide and owns over 184 hospitals and numerous outpatient settings. Vituity staffs the emergency department at RCH and is a leading provider of acute care management with over 250 practices throughout the United States. We would be delighted to have qualified residents continue with HCA and Vituity after graduation.
Community hospitals clearly differ from university hospitals in many ways that we believe benefit the residents during their training.
First, at Riverside Community Hospital our 100,000+ ED patients benefit from impressive efficiencies not often found in other settings. Patients are seen by a physician or advanced provider in an average of 15 minutes from check-in. Radiology and laboratory studies are usually completed and resulted within 90 minutes. Our length of stay for discharged patients is usually under 3 hours and low acuity patients are discharged in under 90 minutes. Residents can see more patients during a shift and better learn from any one case because the data needed for decisions returns rapidly. Residents will also benefit from learning how to run an efficient emergency department.
Second, community hospitals also tend to be more collegial with less academic hierarchy and adversarial interactions. Our ED physicians are highly regarded at our hospital. Emergency physician attendings have held important position such as chief of staff, chair of the medical staff QI review committee, and president of the hospital board. You will find consultants that are generally happy to help and appreciate the emergency department physicians taking care of their patients.
Third, the vast majority of emergency physicians will graduate residency and work in community hospitals. Understanding the community hospital's operations, policies, and protocols will allow for a smoother transition after graduation.
ED Ultrasound is used extensively at Riverside Community Hospital and residents use ultrasound from the first month of residency. Our fellowship-trained ED ultrasound directors guide residents through the program from basic to advanced ultrasound skills. Those wishing to obtain an RDMS designation have ample opportunity to obtain the required number of studies. Ultrasound simulation and online education help develop a robust understanding of this critical ED skill.
Residents rotate through the simulation center on a routine basis. We are in the final stages of completing the construction of a building dedicated to GME with over 20,000 square feet dedicated solely to GME with an auditorium, simulation lab, sleep rooms, and team rooms.
No. While opportunities abound to partake in our region’s aeromedicine programs, residents are not required to fly.
Yes, with the residency program director’s written permission.