Applying to the Residency Program

We accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). (See the ERAS site for application deadlines.) Our program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and adheres to its policies and guidelines. 

Please see our Application Process page for more information.

Pay and Benefits for Residents

Salary depends on the resident’s year:

  • PGY-1: $67,582
  • PGY-2: $69,820
  • PGY-3: $72,564

All residents receive the following benefits:

  • Health and dental insurance
  • County employee retirement
  • 4 weeks of vacation per year (our residents schedule their vacations. There is not a predetermined time the resident can take vacation and is not limited to any type of rotation. Residents may not take vacation during core physics more than once in the four years.)

Residents also receive:

  • $1,000 educational stipend 
  • Resident work room in the basement 
  • Emergency Medicine call room 
  • Subscriptions to the following: 
    • EM:RAP 
    • HippoEM  
    • Rosh Review


Each emergency medicine rotation consists of 20 shifts as PGY-1, and 16 shifts as PGY-2 and PGY-3. Each shift is 10 hours long, and residents are strongly encouraged to leave on time.

See a detailed description of the curriculum.

Frequently Asked Questions

As one of the main hospitals in Riverside County, RUHS has the privilege of being the safety net hospital of the 10th most populous county in the United States. We serve a diverse patient population of approximately 90,000 patients per year, including those from the county prison. Even though we are a Riverside County hospital, we routinely accept patients from hospitals far outside county lines.

Given the long history as a teaching hospital, the attendings and staff are eager to help learners across the different specialties. Our residents are not limited to procedures by year, and most have already either seen or done a vast variety of procedures from thoracotomies to transvenous pacers. Get more information about rotations at RUHS.

Approximately once a year, volunteers will accompany Dr. Stephanie Loe to an underserved country and deliver quality healthcare to its citizens. This allows us the opportunity to enrich ourselves in their culture and provide them with basic medical care not limited to antibiotics, wound care, and ultrasound-based diagnostics.

We have a variety of services available at our disposal to best provide quality healthcare to our patients. We are linked with the county psychiatric facility, so patients can go there for help directly from our emergency department. As a Level 1 Trauma Center, we have all surgical services available 24/7 from general surgery to vascular surgery to orthopedic surgery. We also have many other services around the clock, such as, but not limited to, Ob/Gyn, interventional radiology, ophthalmology, ENT, and urology.