Message From The Dean

Michael W. Peterson

Quote by Michael W. Peterson: We are the San Joaquin Valley's largest physician training program.

Welcome to the UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program website. UCSF Fresno was created as a regional campus of the University of California, San Francisco in 1975 with the support of the California Legislature and the Veteran’s Administration to address the severe shortage of physicians in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The program celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015.

UCSF Fresno has grown significantly over the past four decades. Today, UCSF Fresno is the San Joaquin Valley’s largest physician training program, providing high quality education for medical students from several University of California campuses, training residents in eight medical specialties as well as residents in oral and maxillofacial dental surgery and training fellows in 17 sub-specialties. Currently, UCSF Fresno annually trains about 250 medical residents and 50 subspecialty fellows. More than 300 medical students also spend time learning from the faculty at UCSF Fresno. In addition, faculty members at UCSF Fresno provide direct patient care to thousands of San Joaquin Valley community members. Thanks to the expertise of faculty physicians at UCSF Fresno, patients are now able to receive specialty medical care locally. In most cases, travel to Sacramento, the Bay Area or Los Angeles is no longer necessary.

UCSF Fresno is invested in the region and works with many partners including Fresno State and UC Merced to conduct medical research involving health issues that impact Valley residents. UCSF Fresno also works with a number of partners to academically prepare a pipeline of students, particularly those who are underrepresented, for careers in health and medicine.

I am honored to serve as associate dean at UCSF Fresno and look forward to continuing our mission of improving the health of the Valley through medical education, clinical care and medical research. We are committed to continuing to recruit and retain the best and the brightest physicians in the region.

I encourage you to learn more about UCSF Fresno in person, by exploring this website, or by following us on Facebook, Twitter and You Tube. I am confident you will be impressed by the many contributions UCSF Fresno makes to the San Joaquin Valley.
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Michael W. Peterson, MD
Associate Dean
UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program