Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund Donates $100,000 to UCSF Fresno

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 17, 2018

UC San Francisco
Jennifer O’Brien, Asst. Vice Chancellor/Public Affairs
Source: Brandy Ramos Nikaido, Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs, UCSF Fresno
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Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund Donates $100,000 to UCSF Fresno

Former UCSF Fresno emergency medicine resident and SF natives support resident wellness in Fresno

FRESNO – The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund recently donated $100,000 to the UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program for resident wellness. Resident wellness refers to the mental, emotional, social and physical health of medical residents.

Approximately one-third of medical residents suffer from depression, according to information presented in The Journal of the American Medical Association. The Goldman Fund gift will be used to enhance existing programs and provide new resources aimed at promoting the learning and overall well-being of residents and fellows training at UCSF Fresno. Physician wellness contributes to high quality patient care.

Residency training lasts anywhere from three to five years and is the time when medical school graduates practice medicine under direct supervision of faculty physicians before practicing on their own. Fellows are physicians who are completing advanced training beyond residency in a subspecialty. Fellowship training typically lasts one to three years.

 “Residents are vulnerable to various stressors during this critical period of learning when they are acquiring the knowledge and skills to become well-trained physicians in a highly demanding work environment,” said Lori Weichenthal, MD, assistant dean for Graduate Medical Education at UCSF Fresno. “They treat patients confronting serious illness, injury and death.

“Consequently, they may ignore their own health and well-being,” said Weichenthal. “We appreciate the generous gift from the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund and we look forward to using it to help our residents take care of themselves at the same time they are caring for Valley community members.”

“As a result of my experiences as an emergency medicine resident in the UCSF Fresno program, I have a personal interest in resident wellness,” said Douglas E. Goldman, MD, president of the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund.  “I know the rigors and stressors involved with becoming a doctor.  I also recognize and appreciate the vital role UCSF Fresno plays in training highly qualified physicians to provide care in the medically underserved San Joaquin Valley.

“It is for these reasons that Lisa and I feel it is so important to give this gift. We hope it will help provide the support that residents need to ensure their own wellness as they serve others,” Goldman said.

A growing number of universities are implementing resident wellness programs. Weichenthal is leading the effort at UCSF Fresno. Recent activity includes the development of a Wellness Committee to promote a learning environment where physician wellness is a critical component.  This program can now be expanded to provide individual and confidential psychological counseling to help residents and fellows promote their own wellness. Other resources will also be made available such as nutritious food choices, meditation and recreational activities as well as providing social opportunities for  teambuilding and bonding.

The Goldman Fund donation will enable UCSF Fresno to offer regular mental health check-ups, referrals for individualized, confidential counseling, and teach residents critical life skills that promote a culture of wellness in their professional and personal lives.  

 

About UCSF Fresno: UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program, established in 1975, plays a substantial role in providing health care to residents of California’s San Joaquin Valley and training medical professionals in the region. UCSF Fresno is the San Joaquin Valley’s largest physician training program. Annually, UCSF Fresno currently trains approximately 250 medical residents (medical school graduates who are training under senior faculty physicians prior to practicing on their own) in eight specialties, 10 oral and maxillofacial surgery dental residents, 50 medical fellows (physicians who are completing training beyond residency) in 17 subspecialties, approximately 300 medical students (students in the process of earning medical degrees) on a rotating basis and two physician assistants in an emergency medicine residency program. Recent statistics show that nearly 50 percent of the physicians trained by UCSF Fresno stay in the region to provide UCSF care in the Central Valley. Thanks to the expertise of faculty physicians at UCSF Fresno, in many cases, travel outside of the region is no longer necessary for patients seeking subspecialty medical care. UCSF Fresno faculty and medical residents engage in a broad spectrum of research addressing health issues pertinent to the Valley. UCSF Fresno faculty and residents also care for the overwhelming majority of the region’s underserved populations. In addition, UCSF Fresno helps prepare middle, high school and college students for careers in health and medicine through a variety of pipeline programs. Please visit www.fresno.ucsf.edu

About UCSF: UCSF is a leading university dedicated to transforming health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate‐level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. Founded in 1864 as a medical college, UCSF now includes top‐ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with world‐renowned programs in the biological sciences, a preeminent biomedical research enterprise and top‐tier hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. Please visit www.ucsf.edu/news

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