UCSF Fresno
Medical Education
2615 East Clinton Ave.
Fresno, CA 93703
Tel: (559) 224-3235

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 28, 2005


FRESNO – UCSF Fresno is accepting applications for its 18th 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 2005 on a variety of research projects in the Fresno area. Last year, nine students were assigned to research topics such as surgery reconstruction, cesarean deliveries, studies in epidemiology, emergency medicine and infectious diseases.

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 150 high-achieving students have graduated from the program, which began in 1986. 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, 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 March 1, 2005. To obtain an application or more information, please visit www.ucsfresno.ed/ospr/sbi.html or contact Sharon Hutchinson at (559) 243-3607.

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 in 1974, 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.