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Highland Emergency is composed 46 EM residents, 15 full time faculty and 3 administrative assistants. Our mothership is Alameda Health System – Highland Hospital (formerly Alameda County Medical Center), in inner-city Oakland. While this website provides details about the many facets of our department, there are 3 that we would like to highlight here –unique attributes that have helped us attract such great residents year after year.

Our program is located in the heart of the Bay Area, which allows our residents to live in Oakland, Berkeley, or San Francisco and enjoy all the fruits of this wonderful region of the country. We recreate on a daily basis from the pacific coast (Santa Cruz to Point Reyes) to the Sierra Nevadas (Tahoe to Yosemite). Our group leads the nation in training and research in emergency ultrasound. We have on our faculty multiple widely recognized leaders in this field – early pioneers as well as innovators at the current cutting edge.

Most importantly, our department is like a big family. Our residents are instrumental in selecting the incoming intern class and we are a group that truly enjoys working and playing together. Highland Emergency was one of the first west coast EM programs, and built a reputation as a county hospital crucible that turned out emergency physicians that not only worked hard and could handle absolutely anything - but also played hard. As the specialty of Emergency Medicine has matured, our program has evolved along with it. We pride ourselves on being on the cutting edge of clinical practice and academic research, yet we have never lost that Highland Emergency schtick that makes us unique and is so central to our esprit de corps.
Chelsea Tafoya, MD
Chief Resident
Charlotte Wills, MD