MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH (MCH) FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

 

Welcome to the Maternal-Child Health Fellowship Program at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Fresno.

 

The one year Maternal Child Health Fellowship Program (MCH) is a collaboration between the Family Medicine and Obstetrics/Gynecology Residency programs at UCSF Fresno.  The fellowship is aimed at providing an extended spectrum of training in maternity and newborn care designed for the family physician.  Fellows participate fully in the care of their patients and receive hands-on training in operative delivery, high-risk antepartum care and care of the ill newborn. 


The principal training site is Community Regional Medical Center (CRMC),

a 733-bed hospital offering a full range of inpatient services.  CRMC is part of Community Medical Centers (CMC), a nonprofit, locally owned health care system that operates four acute-care hospitals and a variety of other health care facilities.  The Regional Medical Center provides inpatient and comprehensive outpatient services to patients of all ages.  Special hospital services include a level 1 regional trauma center, a level 1 regional burn center, and the only birth center in the region designated to handle high-risk pregnancies.   Nearly 3,000 infants, a third being high-risk, are delivered at CRMC each year. 


Fellows also train at Selma Community Hospital (SCH) and rural health center, where they gain first-hand experience in providing primary obstetric care in a rural setting with experienced obstetricians and family physicians providing maternity care to this largely underserved population.  Fellows in this setting gain additional experience in operative delivery, newborn care, high-risk antepartum management and ultrasound.  The hospital, administered by Adventist Health, has an average daily census of 24 patients and provides 24-hour emergency room coverage.  The obstetrics unit has an experienced staff and provides a patient-centered approach to care.


Fellows complete 16 weeks at Adventist Health Community Care Health Center and Selma Community Hospital, 28 weeks at CRMC in labor and delivery, 4 weeks at CRMC in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and 4 weeks at the University Women’s Specialty Center.  Fellows also maintain a continuity practice at AHCC-Selma throughout the year, offering the opportunity for additional maternal-child care outpatient experience.


Fellowship applicants must have completed a Family Medicine residency program and be board-certified or board-eligible. Applicants must also have a demonstrated interest in maternal child health. One or two highly qualified fellows will be selected each year.


Fresno is a medium-sized city and the cultural and financial center of California's Central Valley.  Cultural offerings are diverse, and include repertory theatres, musicals and plays, symphony performances, art museums, and varied cuisine including Asian, European, Basque, and Mediterranean. For the outdoorsman, recreational opportunities in the area are rich and varied, including hiking, rafting, and include three nearby national parks — Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon.