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|Corinna Kaarlela, News Director
Source: Cara Peracchi Douglas, Director, Public Affairs and Communications, UCSF-Fresno
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UCSF FRESNO ANNOUNCES FIRST CLASS OF GRADUATES
|Cara Peracchi Douglas
Public Affairs and Communications
Tel: (559) 243-3606
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|UCSF Fresno’s Sunnyside High School Doctor’s
Academy Program will celebrate its first class of 32 graduates on Monday,
May 5, 2003. All of the Doctor’s Academy graduates will be attending
“We are extremely proud of our first class of graduates,” said Katherine Flores, MD, director of the UCSF Fresno Latino Center. “These students serve as our measure of how successful the Doctor’s Academy Program has been for helping disadvantaged youth in our community to gain support and direction to realize their educational dreams of entering the health care professions.”
One graduate, Janet Corona, is the first in her family to attend college. She will soon be heading off to UC Davis. Janet came from West Park Elementary, a small rural elementary school, and was given the opportunity to attend the Doctor’s Academy Program with encouragement from her teachers. After completing her undergraduate education, Janet plans to attend medical school and one day return to the Valley to become a pediatrician.
Entering California State University, Fresno, is Doctor’s Academy student, Richard Reynoso. The eldest of seven children and the first to enter college, Richard will be participating in the Health Careers Opportunity Program at CSU Fresno. After attending medical school, Richard hopes to return to Fresno as a pediatric cardiologist.
Cynthia Vuittonet also will be among the first class of Doctor’s Academy graduates. Cynthia has been admitted to Brown University's highly competitive Program in Liberal Medical Education, an eight-year program that combines both undergraduate and medical school education. Cynthia hopes to become a UCSF Fresno faculty member practicing at Community Medical Center’s Level One Burn and Trauma Unit in Fresno.