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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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UP CLOSE | UCSF Fresno Psychiatry Residency Program Pivots Outpatient Care and Training to Telemedicine During COVID-19 Pandemic


A couple of years ago, the UCSF Fresno Department of Psychiatry began using webcams for outpatient care and training purposes. The early implementation of such equipment has been a godsend in the pandemic, allowing outpatient training to continue with residents seeing patients in video sessions rather than in their offices to prevent potential exposure risks to COVID-19.

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UP CLOSE | UCSF Fresno Pediatricians Collaborating With Community Partners To Provide Trauma-Informed Awareness And Care


The UCSF Fresno Department of Pediatrics is collaborating with community partners and leveraging grant funding to increase awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), pilot ACEs screening protocols, provide training in trauma-informed care (TIC) and develop a strong network of support for children and adults affected by ACEs.

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UP CLOSE | UCSF Fresno Department of Surgery establishes an Intentional Recruitment Coalition to Increase Diversity


Providing state-of-the art surgical care to the diverse population of the San Joaquin Valley has been a long-held mission of the UCSF Fresno Department of Surgery. This fall, it strengthened its purpose by forming an Intentional Recruitment Coalition (IRC) with a mission to increase diversity in the surgery program to better reflect underserved and underrepresented patients, and in so doing, improve the health of the community.

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UP CLOSE | 2020: The Year in Review


This year was anything but ordinary. Despite the many challenges, UCSF Fresno achieved several milestones in 2020. All that we have overcome this year is the direct result of the time, energy and efforts of our faculty, trainees, staff and partners. As we look forward to the end of the year, here’s a look back at some of our shining moments.  

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UP CLOSE | UCSF Fresno Oncologist Successfully Treats Rare Blood Cancer in Young, Pregnant Patient


Jiovana Rodriguez-Perez and her husband had been trying to have a baby for 12 years, but last October they had given up hope of becoming parents and decided to buy a French bulldog puppy “because we wanted to raise something,” Jiovana said. However, to the couple’s surprise and joy, just three months after bringing puppy, Bruno, home to Reedley, Jiovana learned she was pregnant..

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UP CLOSE | UCSF Fresno Health Equity Action Lab Addresses Health Disparities and Inequities


A unique effort is underway at UCSF Fresno as a newly created Health Equity Action Lab has been launched to address health disparities and inequities experienced by the diverse population served in the San Joaquin Valley.

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UP CLOSE | UCSF Fresno Brings Advanced Care to Cancer Patients in the San Joaquin Valley


One in 365 people of African ancestry in California will carry a gene trait for sickle cell disease, a group of disorders that affect red blood cells that deliver oxygen throughout the body. About one in 13 African Americans in California have sickle cell disease, which among other conditions includes sickle cell anemia — a low red blood cell count that features repeated infections and episodes of pain.

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