Welcome to UCSF Fresno’s Wellness Homepage.


There's a need in the medical profession for providers to take a more active role in maintaining their physical and psychological wellbeing.  Physicians are often times busy tending to their patients’ wellness and may overlook their own.  As a result, they commonly experience burnout, stress and work-overload. To address this issue within our community, Dr.Weichenthal established a multidisciplinary Wellness Committee within the UCSF Fresno community that aims to empower providers with the guidance, tools, and support they need to achieve a more balanced approach to their wellness.


We’ve assembled a collection of wellness resources for you, including:



We’ve also organized the resources already in place to support you in times of need, including:

UCSF Fresno’s Well-Being Committee:  for residents who are struggling with personal, professional, or emotional issues and are seeking one-on-one support in a confidential setting. The committee can work with your department to set aside protected time for well-being. You can contact any of the following committee members directly or go through your department’s leadership. 
o    Dr. Campbell (Committee Chair, and Psychiatry Program Director):(559) 499-6580;
o    Dr. Guzzetta (Addiction Specialist): (559) 323-4495;
o    Dr. Weichenthal (Emergency Medicine, Assistant Program Director): (559)-960-8590.;
o    Dr. Thao (Psychiatrist VACCHCS): (559) 392-9381;

INSIGHT: a third-party organization that has contracted with UCSF Fresno to provide all physicians with referrals to specialized support in a variety of areas (counseling, legal, etc.) . Click here for information.


GMEC (Graduate Medical Education Committee): hosts a monthly meeting where you can voice your concerns about broader issues within your residency program. All residents are welcome to attend. Program directors and faculty are present.

Resident Council: a committee that meets monthly where residents hold a forum to discuss and resolve issues affecting their education and welfare in a secure arena without fear of retribution. Their  goal is to give residents a voice in their education, to foster camaraderie and promote resident learning and well being while serving our community.


You can also find us online through Google+ so please feel free to join our community page and start connecting with your UCSF Fresno Community here.



Please welcome Betty Liao to UCSF Fresno.  Her primary role is to help oversee the student well being and wellness program, however, she will be assisting with GME by serving on the Well Being and Wellness Committees.  She will also be available to all learners, including residents and fellows, for one-on-one wellness check ins.  Below is a short biography describing Betty's background and interests.  You may contact her via email or at 559-499-6689.


My name is Betty Liao and I am the primary coordinator and clinician overseeing the student wellbeing and wellness program.  I a licensed clinical psychologist. I completed my doctoral training at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and postdoctoral training at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. Thereafter, I have worked as a psychologist in private practice. The overarching theme to my clinical training has been the utilization of evidence-based interventions with individuals and in groups for the treatment of mood, trauma, and anxiety-based disorders. My clinical training is complemented by an extensive research background in anxiety and trauma, with emphasis on translational research aimed to optimize exposure therapy for the treatment of anxiety disorders. Other areas of special interest include: emotional resiliency, mindfulness, depression and anxiety, trauma, student wellness, interpersonal effectiveness, and dysregulated eating.  During my time off, I am a constant gardener and enjoy spending time in the mountains with my family and three mini bull terriers.โ€‹








Take a look at our Wellness Event Calendar and find your next wellness activity.  We are actively seeking residents, fellows, and faculty to host events. If you have an idea for an activity, please contact us to have it added at: gaujla@fresno.ucsf.eduโ€‹






A Balanced Life: the Wellness Wheel

Compassion Fatigue: What it is and what you can do about it

Wellness 101 for Physicans

Preventing Burnout and Fostering Resident Resiliency

Wellness 101 for EM Residents







At the ACGME’s Second Symposium on Physician Well-Being, the three organizations introduced a library of educational resources on the ACGME website.  The resources include:




Stay tuned as there are more ideas continuously being developed. We aim to make this Wellness Homepage a living document so if you have ideas, resources, links, papers, etc. that you'd like to share, please feel free to reach out to the us at: