The pharmacy education program provides pharmacy students at the UCSF School of Pharmacy with advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs), or rotations, in Fresno, CA.  As part of the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) curricula, pharmacy students are required to complete a certain number of rotations in their final year of pharmacy school.  Students electing to complete their rotations in Fresno spend the last 12 months of pharmacy school in the heart of the Central Valley working with its diverse patient population.  Examples of the types of rotations currently available include acute and ambulatory care, community pharmacy practice, management, home health care pharmacy, and poison control.  Acute care rotations are available in a variety of settings, such as General Medicine and Critical Care.  Ambulatory care rotations are also available in a variety of out-patient clinics, such as anticoagulation, CHF, GI, asthma, pediatrics, and complex chronic patient care.  In addition to fulfilling their rotation requirements, students complete a year-long clinical research project under the supervision of a local pharmacy mentor. 

The UCSF Fresno Pharmacy Education Program is also striving to increase pharmacy student enrollment from the Central Valley and to diversify the profession through its outreach efforts aimed at junior high and high school, community college, and undergraduate university students.

For more information about the UCSF Fresno Pharmacy Education Program and pharmacy school, contact Mitra Assemi, Pharm.D., Director, UCSF Fresno Pharmacy Education Program at (559) 499-6528 or via email at


For information about General and Specialty Pharmacy Practice Residency Programs in the Fresno area, please visit the following web sites:

Community Medical Centers
Pharmacy Practice Residency Program

Children's Hospital Central California
Pediatric Pharmacy Practice Residency Program