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

April 7, 2005


FRESNO – Nearly 30 high school seniors in the Doctors Academy Program at Sunnyside High School in Fresno are headed to medical school. The students will participate in a day of seminars and recognition for their completion of the rigorous four-year academic preparation program with a visit to the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine on Wednesday, April 13.

During the morning, students will take part in a yoga session intended to help college-going students relieve stress. Afterward, they will participate in a pathology lab facilitated by Joaquin Garcia, MD. Through this lab experience, students will learn about the ethical values, responsibilities, and reverence that are afforded to individuals who donate their bodies to medicine and science. In the afternoon, the students will be honored at a recognition luncheon on campus and they will hear from current medical students as part of a panel presentation.

The group will depart Fresno at 5:30 a.m. with arrival expected in San Francisco at 10 a.m., and the return trip to Fresno scheduled for 3 p.m.

This event is made possible by The California Endowment and the Fresno Sunrise Rotary Club.

The Doctors Academy, which is sponsored by the UCSF Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research, is geared toward students interested in careers in the health professions. The program specifically prepares educationally disadvantaged high school students to become competitive applicants to four-year universities by providing them with a rigorous academic curriculum that includes experiences in research and clinical settings, service learning, and exposure to universities and colleges.

The Doctors Academy is now in its sixth year at Sunnyside High School. Currently, there are approximately 160 students enrolled in the program.

For more information, contact Diana Cantu, Doctors Academy program coordinator at (559) 253-6715 or email dcantu@fresno.ucsf.edu

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 physicians every year, totaling more than 2,000 to date. UCSF Fresno faculty and medical residents care for the overwhelming majority of the area’s underserved populations. In addition, UCSF Fresno educates about 200 medical students each year as well as provides academic preparation programs for middle- and high-school students interested in the health professions.