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The UCSF Fresno Pediatrics residency program is a three-year ACGME-accredited program. The program matches 7 PGY-1 residents each year.

The UCSF Fresno Pediatrics 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.

Program Director – Steven Foster, DO

For information about our application requirements please see below. For answers to specific questions, please contact:
Jennifer Garzon, Residency Program Coordinator

UCSF Fresno
Telephone: (559) 499-6556
FAX: (559) 499-6561
Web address:

Virtual Recruitment 

Out of concern for the safety of our applicants and residents, and in accordance with local and national public health recommendations, our entire 2022-2023 interview season will be conducted virtually.

Our residents, faculty, and staff are still in the process of planning the format of our interview day in order to create the best possible experience for our applicants. Even though we regret not being able to see everyone in person, we are working on different ways to share our supportive, family environment with our applicants, and will continue to provide updates as they become available.

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Application Requirements: ( Program Specific Information)
Must have passed USMLE Step 1, no failures
Must have passed USMLE Step 2 with a 220 or higher
No more than 5 years to complete medical school (with no more than 1 year gap)
No failed classes in medical school
No longer than 5 years out of medical school

Minimum Employment Requirements
To be eligible for a residency/fellowship appointment with UCSF Fresno, 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. 

Trainees in programs rotating to the VACCHCS must follow Federal Law and register for Selective Service. Trainees are not eligible for employment in programs that rotate to the VACCHCS if they have not registered for Selective Service or obtained a Status Information Letter from Selective Service indicating they were either not required to register with Selective Service or are exempt from the registration requirement. Additional information regarding Selective Service can be found at:

California Medical License-
Effective January 1, 2020, 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.

Background Checks
UCSF Fresno is committed to selecting and hiring the most capable house staff 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
Effective January 1, 2020, 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. Additional information regarding ECFMG certification can be found at:

Note: Additional specific program requirements may exist and will be provided after the match results.

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Steven Foster, DO, FAAP

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