LECTURES / CONFERENCES
UCSF Fresno family medicine offers regularly scheduled didactic sessions at lunch time, and at protected times during the week. All second and third year residents have time blocked off each Thursday afternoon for Educational Half-day. This time is set aside for in-depth discussions and presentations on primary care topics, practice management, behavioral science, and procedural skills training. The first Thursday afternoon of each month is dedicated to a structured series of geriatric presentations with Alex Sherriffs, M.D. who has an added certificate of qualification in geriatrics.
UCSF Fresno attends to the special needs of our first year residents. Family medicine uses the month of July to provide first year residents with an overview of critical clinical topics and prepare them for their rotations and their Family Health Center experience. Special time and attention is devoted to addressing the difficult behavioral issues encountered by physicians embarking on their career. First year residents also attend a primary care lecture series combining both clinical and behavioral topics on the fourth Tuesday afternoon of each 4 week rotation. This is an opportunity for first year residents to develop a firm grasp of key family medicine topics and at the same time bond with their colleagues during their hectic first year schedule.
Noon lectures include a UCSF Grand Rounds series. This series sponsors faculty from UCSF to speak in Fresno and addresses topics selected by the primary care programs including family medicine. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, core internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, OB/GYN, and emergency medicine topics are reviewed in a systematic manner. Monthly case-based learning conferences, journal clubs, research-in-progress meetings, and Board preparation are all part of our lecture schedule. Our behavioral science presentations cover core psychiatric principles, psychopharmacology, counseling skills, family dynamics, social issues, sexual orientation, and multicultural care.
Family medicine faculty are regular contributors to the lecture series. We often have presenters from other institutions as well as procedural workshops throughout the year.
Residents often use their continuing medical education stipends to attend AAFP accredited conferences from a variety of specialties in their area of interest throughout the country. Frequently visited conferences have been AAFP FMX (family medicine experience), STFM (society of teaching in family medicine), AAFP National Conference, AAFP and UCSF Board Review just to name a few.