MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
Thank you for your interest in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco, Fresno campus. We carry on a proud tradition of excellence in medical education, patient care, and research dating back to our days at Valley Medical Center, the county hospital of Fresno County, where our independent residency accreditation began in 1954. UCSF Fresno is an academic program which teaches our trainees to practice evidence-based, state-of-the-art medicine ranging from advanced strategies for prematurity prevention in the Prenatal Diagnostic Center to robotic hysterectomies using our brand new $2.1 million DaVinci robot. This is a resident driven service with dedicated faculty members who will be teaching you in the clinics, labor room, and OR rather than tending to laboratories or private practices. We are in the unique position of being the only full-service academic medical center in the entire San Joaquin Valley, making us the tertiary care resource for a nearly 42,000 square mile region. The variety of clinical problems cared for in our center is nothing short of amazing.
We strive to achieve an ideal balance of service and education, which results in obstetric volumes in the 70th percentile nationally and gynecologic procedure counts in the 40th to 70th percentiles. While you will work very hard on our busy clinical services, you will also be expected to carry on our tradition of academic excellence: 100% of our graduates have passed their written boards on their first attempt for four years running, and our program average CREOG score is at the 63rd percentile, although several of our residents regularly score above the 97th percentile. Our program was recently awarded a 5 year accreditation with no citations from the RRC as well as an increase in resident complement, and an average of 1 in 3 residents continues his or her training in post-residency fellowship. There are many active research projects ongoing and the department provides dedicated research staff to support resident and faculty research endeavors.
But the UCSF Fresno experience is more than just taking care of patients and studying. It is about learning and sharing. Because we are a relatively small program, there is very close involvement of faculty in teaching and mentoring, and residents have a special camaraderie that is unmatched in other programs. Residents do not hesitate to help each other on the wards, in the clinic, or on their research programs. Residency is a very challenging time personally as well as professionally, and we believe that it is through this kind of faculty and peer support that we can create the ideal learning and patient care environment.
We seek to find a few good physicians who have the desire to excel clinically, academically, and interpersonally to join us as members of a proud team that cares for a highly diverse and largely underserved population. On this team you will work hard and study hard, but you will also have the time of your life, and when you are finished, you will fear nothing, because you will have seen it all. Are you up for this? Then read on.
Conrad Chao, MD