Welcome to the UCSF Fresno Infectious Diseases Fellowship! Full accreditation was granted by the ACGME for a two year clinical Infectious Disease fellowship in 2008 and has continued and expanded since.
As the first community-based regional UCSF campus, we provide our fellows with a unique and high quality training environment. Our trainees and faculty have the opportunity to practice in a busy Level 1 Trauma Center in Community Regional Medical Center and in one of the highest performing VA Hospitals, the VA Central California Healthcare System. In addition, the educational and research programs are supported by the new UCSF Fresno Center for Medical Education and Research and the Deran Koligian Ambulatory Care Center. Infectious Diseases fellows have the opportunity to care for a diverse patient population, and they are exposed to an extraordinary array of pathologies and to state-of-the-art facilities. The VACCHCS consistently ranks in the top quartile in performance measures and patient satisfaction.
As an educational campus, we focus on providing a challenging and innovative learning experience for our trainees. Our program partners with a robust internal medicine residency with core fellowships including gastroenterology, cardiology, hematology/oncology, and pulmonary/critical care. Other training programs include surgery, emergency medicine, obstetrics & gynecology, orthopedics, family medicine, psychiatry, and pediatrics. New training programs and faculty support are being added regularly. Medical student education is core aspect of this program. Beginning in 2010 a group of UCSF students spend 6 months during their third year participating in a unique longitudinal training experience entitled LIFE. In 2013, the San Joaquin Valley PRIME program was initiated in collaboration with main campus, UC Davis and UC Merced. Six third-year students in that program also complete the LIFE program and most remain in Fresno for their fourth-year electives. In additional more than 30 medical students from around the country do electives with us. Many of these students become residents in our programs.
Our program includes inpatient clinical rotations, outpatient clinical experience, protected time for research and continuity care experience providing comprehensive HIV services to almost 1000 patients. Our fellows are also trained in hospital epidemiology, clinical microbiology and antimicrobial stewardship. Our PGY5 fellows will have the opportunity to participate in our global health program and can attend an international clinical experience. Most expenses of the international rotation will be supported by the fellowship program.
The UCSF Fresno Infectious Diseases fellowship program admits two highly qualified physicians each year. Our program places equal emphasis on both clinical training and research. Our goal is to produce skilled clinicians, educators and clinical investigators, and our graduates can be located throughout the U.S. in academic and clinical fields.
We are very excited about our program and look forward to training outstanding infectious disease specialists.
Naiel N. Nassar, MD, FACP
Program Director, Infectious Disease Fellowship
Professor of Clinical Medicine, UCSF