Rawnica Lyn Ruegner, M.D

Rawnica Lyn Ruegner, M.D. is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine physician. She joined Valley Skin Institute (VSI) in the fall of 2018 and continues to work in the Emergency Department at Community Regional Medical Center part-time.

When we asked Dr. Ruegner what she likes about working in Dermatology, she responded,

“I enjoy following the patients’ conditions, whether it’s a serious condition needing immediate attention or a chronic disease that requires long term treatment. It’s wonderful to get to know patients and their friends and family who join them at appointments.”

And, patients love her too.

One satisfied woman had this to say about her experience with Dr. Ruegner.

“Dr. Ruegner was amazing, very friendly, and professional. Wait time was not long at all, and the doctor took her time. I did not feel rushed at all.”

When she is not working, Dr. Ruegner is spending time with her husband and their two young boys. They enjoy boating, snow skiing, camping, and other outdoor activities. They love to cook, which will serve them well as their boys continue to grow.

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Education

  • Medical School: University of Nevada School of Medicine
  • Residency: University of California, San Francisco, Fresno, Emergency Medicine
  • Board Certified: Emergency Medicine

Licenses, Certifications

  • American Board of Emergency Medicine
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program Provider
  • California State Medical License
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Pre-Hospital Base Station Physician

Awards and Recognition

  • UCSF Fresno Department of Emergency Medicine, Melissa Dowd Community Service Award, 2018
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, UCSF Academy of Medical Educators, 2017
  • “Kudos Korner,” Peer to Peer: Multi-Specialty Peer Review Newsletter, 2017
  • Best Research Award, CORD Academic Assembly Research and Innovations Forum, 2014
  • Fellow of American College of Emergency Physicians, 2013
  • Chief Resident, UCSF Fresno Emergency Medicine, 2008
  • Intern of the Year, UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program, 2005
  • Carl-Elenora Esping Memorial Scholarship, 2002
  • Richard Sugden Endowment, 2002
  • McCoskey Medical School Scholarship, 2001
  • Ruth E. Saviers Memorial Scholarship, 2001

Publications

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

  • Ruegner R, Bengiamin R: IVC thrombosis in a post-partum patient with Abdominal Pain, Academic Emergency Medicine, Published Online: 13Apr2010.
  • Alhadi SA, Ruegner R, Snowden B, Hendey GW: Urinalysis is an inadequate screen for rhabdomyolysis, American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2014 Mar;32(3):260-2.
  • Armenian P, Olson A, Anaya A, Kurtz A, Ruegner R, Gerona RR: Fentanyl and a Novel Synthetic Opioid U-47700 Masquerading as Street “Norco” in Central California: A Case Report. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 2017 Jan;69(1):87-90

NON-PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

  • 2009 Ruegner RL, Burg MD. Book Review of “Emergency Medicine: PreTest Self Assessment and Review” Rosen AJ, Menlove SH, JEM

BOOKS AND CHAPTERS

  • Ruegner, R: Dental Emergencies: Harwood-Nuss Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine, Sixth Edition. Chapter 62: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS

  • Ruegner R, Alhadi S, Snowden B, Hendey G: Alanine Aminotransferase and Aspartate Aminotransferase As Screening Tests for Rhabdomyolysis. Academic Emergency Medicine 2010;17:S49. Abstract presented at The Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, 2010.
  • Alhadi S, Ruegner, R, Snowden B, Hendey G: Urinalysis Is an Inadequate Screen for Rhabdomyolysis. Academic Emergency Medicine 2010;17:S45. Abstract presented at The Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, 2010.
  • Young M, Campagne D, Stroh G, Shalit M, Ruegner R: Modern Stock Evacuation in the Pre-Hospital Setting in Yosemite National Park. Western Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, Long Beach, CA, 2013.
  • Sawtelle S, Weichenthal L, Ruegner R: Intern Boot Camp Increases Self-assessment on Six EM Milestones. Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors Academic Assembly, New Orleans, LA, and Western Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, Irvine, CA, 2014.
  • Ruegner R, Sawtelle S, Weichenthal L: How do Interns Entering a Variety of Specialties Self-rate on Emergency Medicine Milestones. Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors Academic Assembly, New Orleans, LA, and Western Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, Irvine, CA, 2014.
  • Weichenthal L, Sawtelle S, Ruegner R: Resident Perception of the Utility and Objectivity of the Evaluation Process Under the Next Accreditation System. ACEP Scientific Assembly, Chicago, IL, 2014.