Welcome to UCSF Fresno! As you embark on your final year of medical school, we hope that you will take this opportunity to consider UCSF Fresno's fourth year elective program. UCSF Fresno invites students who are in good academic standing at an accredited medical school to participate in this exciting program.
Please note: UCSF Fresno utilizes both a Fresno Electronic Application and VSAS (Visiting Student Application Service) to receive visiting student applications. All students (except 3rd Yr. UCSF students) attending an LCME accredited or AOA accredited medical school will submit applications through VSAS—if your school utilizes VSAS. If your school does not use VSAS, please use the Fresno application (link provided below).
An approved affiliation agreement must be on file for UCSF Fresno and student’s home school. Agreements are good for 5 years. Attached is a list of current medical schools that have approved agreements on file with UCSF Fresno. If your home school is NOT listed, please download the AAMC Approved Agreement AND the UCSF Fresno Implementation Letter and submit to your home school. The signed document can be returned to the UME Office for completion at
VSAS Visiting Medical Students: To search Fresno electives on VSAS, first select UCSF and then select “Fresno” as the campus (see PDF below). Submit on-line through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS),https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/vsas/. You will receive notification from UCSF Fresno to submit the supplemental application. VSAS students must complete Fresno’s supplemental application to request Housing and answer additional questions: http://www.fresno.ucsf.edu/undergrad/application.html (Step 2)
Fresno Application (electronic): If your school does not utilize VSAS, please apply for electives using the Fresno electronic application: Only students from LCME or AOA accredited medical schools or those given special permission may apply. http://www.fresno.ucsf.edu/undergrad/application.html (Step 1)
International/Non-LCME Schools (offshore): Please click here for policy information.
Returning Students: students returning to UCSF Fresno may apply for additional electives anytime by completing Step 2 at the Fresno Application link: http://www.fresno.ucsf.edu/undergrad/application.html. The system will recognize your unique ID for faster processing. Any outdated or expired documents will be requested. All fees apply.
UCSF Students: If you are interested in taking an elective at Fresno, you must apply directly through Fresno. A list of the Fresno elective clerkships is available here: http://meded.ucsf.edu/ume/electives-ucsf-fresno. UCSF student Instructions for setting up a Fresno elective:
Cancellations/Refunds: Please scroll down to review the cancellation and refund policies.
The following requirements are applicable to all students whether applyingin VSAS or the electronic Fresno Application.
Application Processing Time: all students are given an initial 45 days to complete the entire application process unless a shorter timeframe is approved based on the start date of the rotation. The UME office will notify all students via email about the processing time. Due to the high volume of applications, it is important that all students adhere to the timelines and payment of fees. VSAS students must accept final offers within 1 week and submit fees per the deadlines.
Health Insurance: Students are required to maintain health coverage from their primary school or it must be obtained within 5 days of arriving in Fresno. Proof of insurance coverage may be required from any student not covered by their home school. UCSF Fresno will accept and process authorization through VSAS.
Immunizations: Students will be asked to submit documentation of immunization status – including current TB documentation. VSAS applicants must have the completed UCSF immunization form uploaded into VSAS.
Malpractice Insurance: Students must provide proof of malpractice coverage with the home school (exceptions for summer program enrollment will be considered). Minimum coverage is $1,000,000 per incident / $3,000,000 aggregate. UCSF Fresno will verify malpractice insurance through VSAS and the minimum coverage limits will apply for all applicants including VSAS.
Board Scores and Transcripts: Please see specific requirements for each department listed below. Submit all documents directly to the clinical department. This should be done prior to initiating the online application/capturing tentative rotation dates.
EM Applicants: Please submit a copy of medical school transcripts and USMLE board scores directly to the EM program. Transcripts and board scores can be submitted via fax to (559) 499-6441 (attn: Toni Conmy) or email to email@example.com. The EM program can be reached at (559) 499-6647.
FM Applicants: Please submit a copy of medical school transcripts, CV, USMLE or COMLEX board scores directly to the FCM program. Please also submit a brief note explaining your interest in the program. Transcripts, CV, board score reports, and your note can be submitted by email to Cheryl Gallo at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by fax (559) 499-6451. The Family and Community Medicine program can be reached at (559) 499-6472
IM Applicants & Neurology Applicants: Please submit a copy of medical school transcripts and USMLE board scores directly to the IM program. Transcripts and board scores can be submitted by email to Lee Borgioli at email@example.com.. The IM program can be reached at (559) 459-6490.
PEDS Applicants: Please submit a CV and copy of medical school transcripts directly to the PEDS program. Transcripts and CV can be submitted via email to ISweazy@fresno.ucsf.edu or fax to (559) 499-6561 (attn: Inez Sweazy). Email is preferred. The PEDS program can be reached at (559) 499-6635.
VA Hospital: Students completing elective rotations at the VA Hospital (LIFE Program, Dermatology and Endocrinology) must complete a series of forms and fingerprinting as mandated by the government. Students will be notified via email approximately 4 to 6 weeks in advance in order to complete the VA paperwork. Please review this section on VA requirements. All VA forms may be submitted after the application process has begun. (Click here for the VA Hospital requirements page)
Touro Medical Students: Please follow this link for application guidelines and fees applicable to students from Touro University. http://www.fresno.ucsf.edu/undergrad/touro.html
ELECTIVE APPLICATION PROCESS & ROTATION FEES
UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program welcomes eligible fourth year visiting medical students from both LCME and non LCME accredited institutions for a wide variety of electives. Fees are charged for students of both LCME and non LCME accredited schools. UCSF Fresno also considers student applications based on institutional reciprocity (i.e., whether the application is from a student attending a medical school where there are also opportunities for UC students to pursue elective opportunities). In addition, each clinic program accepts applications based on capacity to accommodate visiting student.
Application Processing Fee – all visiting students
a) $300 (per each 4 week or 2 week electives) 4th year visiting students
a) $740 (per each 4 week)
b) $220 (per each 2 week)
International/Offshore Students: Please click here for policy information.
Students must notify the appropriate clinical department of any cancellation. Students should also notify the Undergraduate Medical Education Office by phone (559) 499-6523 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to notify of cancelled rotation(s).
Housing Cancellation: A four-week cancellation notice is required for a refund. Refunds are not automatically approved or processed. Students must request a refund in writing via email and provide a current mailing address. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks to process the refund if approved.
Application Fee Refund: Application processing fees are non-refundable if student cancels the elective application. In the event the elective is cancelled or not accepted by the clinical department after student is approved and has paid, a partial refund of the enrollment fee may be granted at the discretion of the UME office. All refund requests must be in writing.
All first-time visiting students must complete an orientation on day one with the Undergraduate Medical Education Office. Returning students will not need to repeat orientation but may be required to “check in” with UME office to get ID badge, updated computer codes, pager or parking pass. All students will be notified via email regarding orientation requirements. This email will also include information on where to pick up housing keys and where to report on the first day. http://www.fresno.ucsf.edu/undergrad/orientation.htm