UCSF Fresno
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Brandy Nikaido, Regional Director of Communications, UC Office of the President
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November 30, 2004


UCSF Fresno third-year-resident Shamsuddin Alamgir, MD, has received second place in the California Chapter of the American College of Physicians annual research competition.

Alamgir’s project is titled “The Prognostic Role of Hypoglycemia in E. coli Sepsis.” He will now compete with other first- and second-place award recipients from throughout the United States at the American College of Physicians national conference in 2005.

The California competition included 20 specific research submissions out of a total of 134 projects entered by residents from California medical education programs.

UCSF Fresno faculty member Natalia Volkova, MD, hospitalist for the teaching program, supervised Alamgir’s winning research project. The research included the collection and analysis of five years of data from UCSF Fresno patients diagnosed with the bacterial infection E. coli. Findings showed that patients with a lowered blood sugar level at the onset of the E. coli infection were more likely to have an increased fatality rate as a result of the infection. The findings should help future treatment of patients.

“We are honored to have the research work of our residents recognized by distinguished peers for professional excellence,” said Michael Peterson, MD, chair of the UCSF Fresno Department of Internal Medicine.  “It reinforces the importance of medical research and the value of the UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program to the community.”

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 nearly 30 years ago, UCSF Fresno has graduated approximately 60 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 about 200 medical students each year.  For more information about UCSF Fresno, please call (559) 224-3235.