UCSF Fresno
Medical Education
155 N Fresno St
Fresno, CA 93701
Tel: (559) 499-6400

Corinna Kaarlela, UCSF News Director
Brandy Nikaido, Regional Director of Communications, UC Office of the President
Phone: 559.241.7512, Cell: 559.313.6539
Web: www.fresno.ucsf.edu, www.ucsf.edu

January 23 , 2006


FRESNO – UCSF Fresno is accepting applications for its 19th Summer Biomedical Research Internship Program, which provides Central San Joaquin Valley high school students an opportunity to gain first-hand experience with careers in medicine and valuable research skills that will give them a competitive edge. Students in their junior year of high school from Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced and Tulare counties are eligible to apply.

Selected students will work with UCSF Fresno faculty members from June through August 2006 on a variety of research projects in the Fresno area. Last year, eight students were assigned to research projects involving sleep disorders, heart disease, radiation therapy, psychiatric disorders, emergency medicine and lung cancer.

In addition to conducting research, students in the Summer Biomedical Research Internship Program visit the University of California, San Francisco campus and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, as well as observe a surgical procedure at University Medical Center in Fresno.

More than 160 high-achieving students have graduated from the program, which began in 1988. Many of the students have gone on to pursue studies at UC campuses and other prestigious universities.

Students are selected based on academic merit, their responses to a questionnaire, and interviews and letters of recommendation from their teachers. Thanks in part to the generosity of the Bertha and John Garabedian Foundation, every participant will be awarded a stipend.

The application deadline is Friday, March 3, 2006. To obtain an application or more information, please visit http://www.fresno.ucsf.edu/sbi/ or contact Sharon Hutchinson at (559) 499-6669.

UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program plays a substantial role in providing health care services to San Joaquin Valley residents and training medical professionals in the region. UCSF Fresno has trained one-third of Valley physicians currently practicing in one of the seven specialties in which UCSF Fresno provides training. Since its inception 30 years ago, UCSF Fresno has graduated approximately 60 resident physicians every year, totaling more than 2,000 to date. UCSF Fresno faculty and medical residents also care for the overwhelming majority of the area’s underserved populations. In addition, UCSF Fresno educates nearly 200 medical students each year.