The pharmacy education program provides pharmacy students at the UCSF School of Pharmacy with advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs), or advanced rotations, in Fresno, CA.  As part of the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) curricula, pharmacy students are required to complete advanced rotations in their final year of pharmacy school. Students electing to complete these rotations in Fresno spend the last 12 months of pharmacy school in the heart of the Central Valley working alongside other health care providers in a variety of different health care settings to serve a diverse patient population. Rotations include experiences in acute and ambulatory care, hospital and community pharmacy practice, management, and unique and specialized practice settings such as the California Poison Control System. These experiences are completed under the supervision of both paid and volunteer faculty who live and work in the central valley. In addition to fulfilling their rotation requirements, students complete a year-long research project under the supervision of a local pharmacy mentor. 

The UCSF Fresno Pharmacy Education Program also provides outreach aimed at recruiting diverse junior high and high school, community college, and undergraduate university students from the Central Valley into the profession of pharmacy.








Mitra Assemi, PharmD
A central valley native, Dr. Assemi joined the School of Pharmacy faculty in 1998. As a pharmacist, she has practiced in the acute care, ambulatory care, community and drug information service settings. In 2001, she returned home to become the school’s director for its Fresno-based experiential program. She has also served as the School’s Associate Dean for Assessment and Quality Improvement since 2009. A bio for Dr. Assemi is available at:
Jennifer Toy, PharmD, BCACP
As a UCSF pharmacy student, Dr. Toy completed her advanced rotations in the Fresno program. Upon graduation, she relocated to Seattle to complete a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at the Veteran’s Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System and a PGY-2 ambulatory care specialty residency at University of Washington Harborview Medical Center. Now as one of our faculty, she practices and precepts students in an ambulatory care environment that provides care and services to the valley’s diverse residents. A bio for Dr. Toy is available at:




Tia Desplancke
Ms. Desplancke joined the Fresno program as a Program Assistant in 2013. Her passion is serving our local paid and volunteer faculty, students, experiential partner sites, and alumni. Her bio is available at:



UCSF School of Pharmacy, Fresno Experiential Program
Pharmacy Student Class of 2017-18


Emmeline Academia           Kyle Brown Alissa Chan Margarita Chernova         
Diego Garcia           Saman Hashemi          Rebecca Hudock        Jessica Lee    
Nou Lee          Kevin Nguyen Michael Peng Lizeth Rivera
Sarita Wanichpan  Quintin Wright     Elyse Young Elmira Zamanpour




The school collaborates with diverse local partners to develop and deliver high quality experiential education for its students. These partners include, but are not limited to:





The UCSF School of Pharmacy is located at the Parnassus campus in San Francisco, CA. UCSF pharmacy students complete their didactic degree requirements in San Francisco. The Fresno Pharmacy Education Program, one of six experiential hubs in California, provides UCSF pharmacy students with required and elective rotations and research opportunities.



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For more information about the UCSF Fresno Pharmacy Education Program and UCSF School of Pharmacy, contact us at (559) 499-6528 or