The goal of our research program is to provide residents with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively answer a clinical question, whether one is aspiring to enter general pediatrics or a subspecialty.


UCSF Fresno has a variety of unique patient settings that inspire residents’ clinical questions:


  • Valley Children’s Hospital, the only free-standing tertiary children’s hospital in the Central Valley;
  • Community Regional Medical Center, a large academic center with the region’s only burn and Level I Trauma center and the area’s only perinatology program providing specialized care for high-risk pregnancies and deliveries; and
  • Children’s Health Center, a busy community health center clinic serving an ethnically diverse, primarily indigent population.




Our research program consists of


  • interactive lectures and small group seminars,
  • close mentorship by faculty experts, and
  • support for the completion and presentation of a scholarly project.


Residents receive full departmental support for their projects that includes access to a statistician, IRB analysts, medical library, professional poster design/publication center, and funding to cover costs for a presentation at a regional or national scientific conference.  Residents receive protected research time of 1 week in their PGY-1 year, and 2 weeks in their PGY-2 and PGY-3 years.


Research projects range from clinical research to quality improvement to evidence-based advocacy.  Examples of current and past resident projects include:


  • Identifying Families’ Most Common Pyschosocial Stressors in a Pediatric Resident Clinic
  • Evaluating Factors Associated with Limited Parental Health Literacy in a Level III NICU
  • Strengthening the Medical Homes of Children with Down Syndrome
  • A 15-year review of coccidioidomycosis at Children’s Hospital
  • Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of Perimembranous VSD Closure with Amplazter Vascular Plug II
  • The effect of Hmong cultural beliefs on treatment in children with chronic illness
  • Comparative Effectiveness of Intravenous versus Oral Antibiotics for Postdischarge Treatment of Acute Osteomyelitis in Children
  • Epidemiological and Clinical Characteristics of Children with Newly Diagnosed IBD
  • Evaluating the EKG Reading Competency of Pediatric Residents


For more information, contact our research program directors


Serena Yang, MD, MPH             Renee Kinman, MD, PhD
General Pediatrics                      Endocrinology