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Armen Martirosian

Armen K. Martirosian, MD

Program Director

UCSF Fresno Orthopaedic Surgery Fact Sheet

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The UCSF Fresno Orthopaedic Surgery residency program is a five-year ACGME-accredited program. The program matches four PGY-1 residents each year.

The UCSF Fresno Orthopaedic Surgery residency program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).  All applications are handled through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Armen K. Martirosian, MD
Program Director
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Community Regional Medical Center
2823 Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93721

For information about our application requirements please see below. For answers to specific questions, please contact:

Andrew Ranta, Administrative Assistant
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Community Regional Medical Center
2823 Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93721

Telephone: (559) 459-4004
FAX: (559) 459-5029
Web address:

Application Requirements: (Program Specific Information)

  • Completed ERAS application
  • Deans Letter
  • 3 letters of recommendations (including program director or surgery chair) OR
    3 AOA CORD Standardized Letter of Recommendation Form (SLOR) which may be obtained from the AOA website at
  • Medical School Transcripts
  • USMLE Step 1 – Minimum score of 230 is recommended, first time pass
  • USMLE Step 2 – Strongly recommended.

Application Deadline: October 21, 2022

Interviews for the 2023-2024 academic year will be held during the months of December and January.

Applicants selected to interview will receive a Notice of Employment Eligibility Requirements at UCSF Fresno via DocuSign prior to your interview.

Minimum Employment Requirements
To be eligible for a residency/fellowship appointment contract with the UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program, all current or expected trainees must possess one of the following for the duration of their  anticipated years of training:

  • be a United States citizen
  • be in possession of a green card
  • be in possession of an EAD (work permit)
  • possess an ECFMG –sponsored J-1 visa

UCSF Fresno doesn’t generally sponsor H-1B visas, please contact individual programs regarding their policy on H-1B visa sponsorship.

Additional Information for International Medical Graduates:

The University of California requires that all residents be citizens of the United States, be in possession of a green card, or possess an ECFMG-sponsored J-1 visa. 

California Medical License-
A Postgraduate Training License (PTL) is required for all trainees participating in a California ACGME program who have less than thirty-six (36) months of postgraduate training. A trainee must obtain a PTL within 180 days after enrollment in a board-approved postgraduate program. Trainees who have successfully completed thirty-six months of board-approved postgraduate training, with at least 24 consecutive months in the same program, must obtain a full and unrestricted California medical license. Medical Board of California licensing requirements can be found:; Osteopathic Medical Board of California licensing requirements can be found:

Background Checks
UCSF Fresno is committed to selecting and hiring the most capable housestaff in order to pursue its strategic goals of excellence in teaching, learning, research, scholarship, creative activity and service to the community. All offers of appointment to UCSF Fresno sponsored GME programs are specifically conditioned upon a criminal background investigation. Background checks will be carried out by an agency on behalf of UCSF Fresno Graduate Medical Education Office. By signing the background check release form, prospective trainees are consenting to a background investigation.

Additional Information for Foreign Medical Graduates The Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL) will no longer be a requirement for international medical graduates entering training in California programs. Instead, all incoming trainees must apply for a Postgraduate Training License once they have secured a position in a program (see California Medical License section above).

Matched applicants must be in possession of an ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certificate in order to commence postgraduate training in the United States. In response to the suspension of Step 2 CS by the USMLE program, ECFMG has identified pathways that will allow qualified IMGs who have not passed Step 2 CS to meet the requirements for ECFMG Certification. Additional information regarding ECFMG certification and pathways can be found at:

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