Message from Associate Dean

Jim Davis

Kenny Banh, MD, FACEP

Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education & Student Services

We welcome the interest of medical students in our UCSF Fresno Undergraduate Medical Education Program.

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Student Life and Development

Welcome to UCSF Fresno Student Life & Development! We are here to connect you to an out of the classroom education through the various experiences, resources and services UCSF Fresno has to offer. Here we support the academic, personal and professional development of all visiting students by empowering them through educational and community engagement opportunities that foster their success. Student Life serves as an on-campus resource, promotes ways to get connected, collaborates with student groups and departments, and offers support and guidance. We bring existing University programs and services to students and develop diverse and innovative programs and activities that enhance the quality of student life.

We are here to serve you! Feel free to Contact the Student Life Development Specialist, Lacey Leonard, and take a step towards balancing your life as a medical student.


Goals of Student Life and Development

Promote opportunities for campus and community involvement through student organizations, leadership training and experiences, and community service.

a. Your guide to success

The most successful medical student not only pays careful attention to their studies, but also take time to engage with their communities, build relationships, and have fun. They have healthy habits, seek advice when they need help and in the early stages of their degree programs, they plan for their futures beyond medical school, exploring career options and preparing to enter the workforce.

b. Benefits of Involvement

  • Make social connetions and develop sense of community
  • Interact with faculty,business and community leaders and experts in various disciplines
  • Enhance your resume with demonstrated skills valued by potential employers, programs and residencies
  • Here at UCSF Fresno we like to promote team building activities such as: Beach Volleyball, Mud-runs and Xcape rooms

going through the mud in an obstacle course

c. Campus Recreation

UCSF Fresno offers a variety of opportunities for students to stretch their competitive muscles and keep active throughout the academic year.

All students may access the Employee Fitness Center onsite at the Community Regional Campus.  The fitness center provides available use of cardio machines, free weights, strength & endurance machines, and additional amenities such as showers, lockers, and towel service. Business Hours: (5:00am-11:00pm)

Students on the treadmill at the gym

Yoga classes are offered from 12pm-1pm on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Tuesdays of the month in the UCSF Fresno Auditorium. Take a midday break and reset your system with classes offered by our very own Dr. Sharon McClain and Dr. Lori Weichenthal.

Yoga classes

d.  Student Academic Support

Here at UCSF Fresno, we offer FREE! Student academic support for remediation and exam prep. Please contact Sydney Rusconi, the Academic Support Graduate Intern to get more information. Below are some of the services offered:

  • Learning skills such as: previewing for lecture, reviewing after lecture, and spaced review
  • Test taking strategies
  • Identifying and using resources such as texts and reference books, multiple choice questions and related study aids
  • Study skills for shelf exams
  • Faculty development
  • Small and large group workshops
  • Study schedules for USMLE Step exams

Below is the Fall Schedule for Sydney Rusconi: Please email her at: to schedule a confidential appointment.

Sydney Busconi

Sydney Rusconi is a graduate student at Fresno State and currently pursuing her Masters in Counseling with an option in Student Affairs and College Counseling. She finished her undergraduate studies in Liberal Studies and has worked with various programs assisting students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. She is passionate about supporting students and assisting them towards their dreams and success. “Don’t limit your challenges- Challenge your limits.”  

Mondays: 8am to 4:30pm
Fridays: 8am to 4:30pm
Note:  Additional appointments may be available per request upon availability.

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lacey leonard

Lacey Leonard is the Student Life &Development Specialist for UCSF Fresno Undergraduate Medical Education office. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Fresno State and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Communication. She brings over 6 years of experience working with medical students as the previous Medical Student Coordinator and is excited to lead student life activities in the Undergraduate Medical Education Department.



For general inquiries, please email Lacey Leonard at: or visit our office at UCSF Fresno

Undergraduate Medical Education, UCSF Fresno
155 N Fresno Street #251
Fresno CA  93701

Fall/Spring Academic Hours

  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

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