PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

 

Welcome to the UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program, a major branch of the University of California San Francisco’s School of Medicine. Every day in the large urban center and small communities of California’s agriculturally rich Central San Joaquin Valley, you can see faculty, residents and students from a world-class university at work. They are providing superior care to sick children and adults, teaching the next generation of doctors, uncovering new insights into the course and causes of disease, and contributing their skills to community service projects.

 

UCSF Fresno represents a unique medical education and physician training program that is a model for community and university partnership. Training for residents and in some programs, fellows, is available in: emergency medicine, family practice, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry and surgical critical care. This program gives Valley residents access to the highest quality health care services while enabling doctors in training - working alongside the finest physicians - to experience the dynamic interplay of scholarship, research, patient care and health.

 

Preserving the health and wellness of the population-not just treating isolated sickness-is an underlying theme of the program. With an environment that is warm, supportive and hands-on, a physician can make a genuine difference in people’s lives. Residents follow their patients throughout their terms of service, and trainees get to know entire families because healthcare decisions often rest within the entire family unit.

 

At any given time there are about 180 residents receiving training in the Valley. In addition, several fellowship programs, which involve one to two years’ training past the residency, are available to take advantage of the Valley’s unique characteristics.

 

Research participation is strongly encouraged. Residents find that the cultural richness of the Central Valley makes it a living laboratory for significant population-based research.

 

Core clerkships are offered to medical students in family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry and surgery. First priority is given to UCSF students; however, visiting students are encouraged to participate if they meet eligibility criteria and if space permits. Elective clerkships are offered to UCSF and visiting students in the above areas as well as in dermatology, emergency medicine and neurology.

 

In addition to both core and elective clerkships, UCSF Fresno offers special opportunities for medical students. The Model Fresno program is available to 3rd year UCSF students for an intensive six-month period of hands-on clinical training in primary care settings. The Medical Spanish and Clinical Skills course is available to 1st and 2nd year UCSF students. Visiting 1st and 2nd year students can participate in the popular summer rural preceptorship program.

 

The UCSF Fresno faculty will be using new telecommunication technologies to supplement and facilitate didactic and clinical instruction. In partnership with its principal healthcare affiliates, telemedicine training opportunities for residents and medical students rotating at distant practice sites will augment access to specialists for case consultation.

 

UCSF, one of the 10 campuses of the University of California, is one of the largest and most renowned centers of higher education. With its Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry and Pharmacy, UCSF is the only campus devoted solely to the health sciences. Its reputation is hard to match. Peers rank the School of Medicine as one of the top in the country. UCSF graduate programs in the basic and behavioral sciences attract students from around the world.

 

The University of California was charted in 1868 as the state’s only Land Grant institution. From a mere 10 faculty members and 38 students, UC has grown to include 10 campuses with more than 7,000 faculty members, an enrollment of 165,000 students, the total employment of approximately 121,000 faculty, staff and academic personnel. The newest campus is UC Merced, located one hour north of Fresno and is first American research university built in the 21st century.

 

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