Dr. Lori Weichenthal  was awarded the Fresno Madera Medical Society's 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Weichenthal is credited with being a pioneer in the department since she was a resident at UCSF Fresno. She was the first female leader in the UCSF Fresno emergency medicine department as an associate program director, is currently the associate dean of graduate medical education for UCSF Fresno, and helped create the department's wilderness medicine fellowship.

Dr. Lily Hitchner  was awarded a grant via the UCSF Innovations Funding for Education 2020 to study interprofessional feedback during critical event debriefing sessions. The program supports development of new curricular elements, focused faculty development undertakings, comparison of pedagogical approaches, and innovative approaches to learner assessment. Open to all faculty, these intramural grants serve as a catalyst for the development of curriculum that addresses the constantly changing ways in which physicians practice medicine.

Dr. Stacy Sawtelle Vohra was awarded a UCSF Innovations Funding seed grant for her project, "Development and Implementation of an LGBTQ Healthcare Curriculum in Graduate Medical Education at UCSF Fresno".

Dr. Jessica Fujimoto  was awarded an Innovations Funding seed grant for her project, "Video-assisted Debrief: A Tool to Guide Self-Assessment".

Susie LeRoy, PA , was awarded the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants EMPA of the Year Award for demonstrating exceptional service and leadership in emergency medicine, the PA profession, and community.
Faculty Announcments

Dr. Rais Vohra  was appointed Interim Health Officer for the Fresno County Department of Public Health by the Fresno County Board of Supervisors. We are proud of Dr. Vohra and look forward to strengthening the educational opportunities available to residents and fellows in areas related to public health and community outreach under his leadership.

Dr. Jessica Fujimoto  was elected to serve as a Counselor for the Young Physicians Section of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (YPS-AAEM).   Her term began on April 24.
Media Coverage

Dr. William Chiang , Wilderness Medicine fellow, spoke about his experience returning to his hometown to work in the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in recent news reports:

Dr. Kenny Banh  spoke about properly using face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic in an
April 13 news report on Denver 7:

Dr. Jessica Mason  spoke about wearing face masks to protect against COVID-19 in an April 2 news report on ABC 30 Action News:

Dr. Patil Armenian  spoke about what it's like to be on the frontlines of medicine during the pandemic in an April 3 news report for Valley Public Radio, FM 89, an NPR affiliate:

Wu F, Darracq M.  Physician Assistant Utilization in U.S. Emergency Departments; 2010 to 2017 . American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2020 Feb. doi:10.1016/j.ajem.2020.02.009. PMID: 32067840 
Residency and Fellowship Activities
Congratulations 2020-2021 Fresno EM Chief Residents!
Pictured above, left to right: Drs. Alexander Kaminsky, Scott Reichelderfer,
Katherine Vuchkov, Mackensie Yore

Welcome Fresno Emergency Medicine Residency Class of 2024!
Pictured above, left to right: Nathan Dreyfus (University of Vermont), William Frye (Virginia Commonwealth), Maddie Giegold (Emory University), Meryn Hall (University of New Mexico), Sarah Koser (UCSF), Matthew Lippi (University of Colorado), Paloma Marin-Nevarez (Stanford University), Miles McDonough (University of Washington), Nicole Palmer (UCSF), Enid Picart (UC Davis), Nikhil Ranadive (Emory University), Charlaine Roberto (Michigan State)

Welcome 2020-2021 Fresno EM Fellows!
Pictured above, left to right: Drs. Arielle Filiberti (Wilderness Medicine)
and Jessie Werner (Medical Education)

Other Noteworthy Events

The UCSF Fresno Academic Research Associate Program students partnered with the Fresno State Pre-Med Club to donate masks for the Fresno ED. Students worked hard over their spring break to sew 300 masks that were donated along with 200 disposable masks. This donation of time and resources is greatly appreciated and reinforces their ties to this program.
Staff Announcements

Virginia Coningsby joined the UCSF Fresno EM department, effective March 9, as the department manager. Virginia has been with UCSF Fresno for eight years, covering the areas of faculty support, CME activities, undergraduate medical education and most recently graduate medical education. Outside of work, Virginia enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling and volunteering for local nonprofit organizations.