The Brain and Disease: What Causes Degeneration

Jeffrey Rosenfeld, PhD, MD, FAAN
Professor of Neurology, UCSF
Chief of Neurology, UCSF Fresno
Medical Director, University Neurology Associates-Central California Neuroscience Institute

The complexity of the nervous system results in certain areas of vulnerability for neurological disease. Mechanisms and clinical presentations of specific diseases in the nervous system will be reviewed and discussed.

Pseudoseizure and Seizure

H. Terry Hutchison, PhD, MD
Clinical Professor of Neurology & Pediatrics, UCSF

Disorganized electrical activity in the brain results in a seizure and this can be caused by many different factors. Patients also present with seizure-like activity but no underlying disorder of electrical activity. This fascinating phenomenon will be discussed and many examples of different seizure types will be presented.



Supersized Portions, Supersized Kids

Renee Kinman, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UCSF
Co-Director, Pediatric Scholars Program, UCSF Fresno

Overview of how childhood obesity is rapidly becoming a major health issue in the United States, the health risks associated with obesity, and what we can do to prevent them.

Virtual Colonoscopy

Arnold Friedman, MD
Chief of Radiology, Fresno VA

Colorectal Carcinoma (colorectal cancer) is a major killer in the US. The mainstay of screening is optical colonoscopy, which is an invasive and slightly risky procedure. Virtual Colonoscopy is a new noninvasive screening method for colorectal cancer that deserves your consideration.




Wilderness 911: Alpine Search and Rescue

Susanne J. Spano MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Assistant Professor, Health Science Series, UCSF


The course will introduce the evolving discipline of alpine search and rescue. We will describe a case study of a lightning incident striking a Boy Scout Troop in the Sierra Nevada mountains including details of the rescue, evacuation, and medical treatment. We will review the organizational skills, technical training, and other abilities required to safely respond to such incidents.

Bites and Stings in Central California

Rais Vohra, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, UCSF
Director of Clinical Toxicology, CRMC
Associate Medical Director, California Poison Control System, Fresno-Madera Division

It's a jungle out there! Join this informative and lively discussion about the many diverse venomous creatures that live where we do right here in Central California--and what to do if you or a loved one ever gets injured by one. From snakes to spiders and household insects, almost everyone has a story about a brush with wild venomous creatures, so anecdotes, questions, and stories are welcome--but please, leave the live exhibits at home!




Valley Fever

Naiel N. Nassar, MD, FACP
Professor of Clinical Medicine, UCSF
Program Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship, UCSF Fresno
Infectious Diseases Staff Physician, Central California Faculty Medical Group, Fresno

Valley Fever is an extremely common condition throughout our Central Valley in California. Learn how this disorder affects patients and how it is recognized.

New Advances in Genetics Help Explain Developmental Delays and Autism

Cynthia Curry, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, UCSF

This talk will focus on the advances in genetics which have helped us in understanding the causes of autism and intellectual disability. In the past, medicine had little to offer families whose children had developmental issues or autism. New breakthroughs now allow us to increasingly diagnose the cause(s) of these problems. Real case histories will illustrate these advances.



Fantastic Voyage: Navigating the Heart Through Catheterization

Ryan Berg, MD, FACC
Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Associate Program Director of Cardiology, UCSF Fresno

Explore the vascular supply of the heart from inside the blood vessels. Cardiac catheterization will be discussed and examples of different disorders that can be identified by this procedure will be shown.

Robotic Surgery

Babak Eghbalieh, MD, FACS
Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, UCSF

Robotic surgery has become increasingly popular for many applications. Examples of the benefits and methods of robots in the operating room will be discussed.




The Use of Simulation in Medical Education

Stacy Sawtelle, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF
Stuart Maxwell, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF

Ever wonder how doctors learn to be doctors? Experience firsthand the application of high-tech simulation in medical education. Participants will be able to interact with high-fidelity mannequins and task trainers used to teach physicians medical decision making and procedural skills.

Graduation Ceremony and Reception