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UP CLOSE | UCSF Fresno Emergency Physician Needs a Master Calendar to Keep Up with Four Children and a Busy Medical Career – But Would Have It No Other Way


The oldest of four siblings raised on 10 acres in Kerman, Rene Ramirez, MD, relished Sunday afternoon family get-togethers playing with his brother, two sisters, and cousins, and he feels the same joy now spending family time with his four children.. 

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UP CLOSE | Faculty Member at UCSF Fresno Gets Special Mother’s Day Gift


On Match Day this March, when medical school graduates learned where they would be spending the next three to seven years in hands-on clinical training, an early Mother’s Day gift awaited Loren Alving, MD, director of the UCSF Fresno Alzheimer & Memory Center and director of the UCSF San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education (SJV PRIME). 

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UP CLOSE | UCSF Fresno Welcomes Interim Chief of UCSF Fresno Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology


UCSF Fresno welcomes Meg Autry, MD, a UCSF professor of obstetrics and gynecology, as the interim Chief of the UCSF Fresno Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology beginning April 1.

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UP CLOSE | UCSF Fresno Provides Therapy to Prevent Infection in Adolescents and Adults Whose Bodies are Unable to Fight COVID-19


Soon after Evusheld, an antibody therapy was approved in December 2021 for the prevention of COVID-19 infection in people with weakened immune systems, Phyllis Farrow called the UCSF Fresno Mobile HeaL COVID-19 Equity Project (CEP) for an appointment.

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UP CLOSE | UCSF Fresno and American Ambulance Partner for Award-Winning Educational Emergency Medical Services Podcast


A unique podcast for paramedics and EMTS (emergency medical technicians) produced by American Ambulance and hosted by UCSF Fresno Emergency Medicine physicians has won statewide acclaim and drawn listeners from as far away as Alaska and Australia.

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UP CLOSE | 2021: The Year in Review


Amid a challenging second year of a pandemic, UCSF Fresno achieved new milestones and our commitment to the communities we serve is unwavering thanks to the talents, skills, dedication and energy of our faculty, learners, staff and partners. Here is a look back at the year and some of our shining moments..

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UP CLOSE | UCSF Fresno COVID-19 Equity Project Is First in Area to Provide Free, Accessible and Early Treatment for Mild to Moderate COVID-19


UCSF Fresno’s Mobile HeaL COVID-19 Equity Project (CEP) now offers an early treatment for COVID-19. Monoclonal antibody therapy or mAb reduces the need for hospitalization in higher- risk patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 and reduces progression to severe illness by as much as 70%, according to information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. UCSF Fresno CEP was the first in the San Joaquin Valley to offer the treatment for free without requiring an appointment or referral at its drive-through clinic on Shaw Ave. across from Fashion Fair Mall in Fresno.

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UP CLOSE | UCSF Fresno Increases Access to Care and Improved Treatment for Patients with Opioid Use Disorder


The migraine headaches began during an abusive marriage 16 years ago. The pain kept Christine bedridden for a week at a time and a doctor prescribed Vicodin – three pills a day. The headaches subsided, the stressful marriage ended, and she no longer needed the opioid pills for pain relief.

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UP CLOSE | It Saves Patients Time and Money: UCSF Orthopaedic Surgeon Does Surgery for Trigger Finger In The Office


Cathy Holen woke up on a recent morning and her right thumb clicked and popped every time she tried to bend it. Holen types every day at her job at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in helping farmers apply for federal crop insurance, and suddenly she had limited use of her thumb.

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UP CLOSE | UCSF Fresno Graduates to Care for Patients and Teach Future Physicians


One hundred medical residents and fellows along with four oral and maxillofacial surgery dental residents and five physician assistants completed training at UCSF Fresno this year for a total of 109 graduates. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UCSF Fresno celebrated the occasion for the second year in a row with a virtual commencement on June 10. Many of the graduates are staying in the Central Valley to care for patients, teach future physicians or continue their medical education.

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