Our residents choose UCSF Fresno for postgraduate training in Psychiatry because they are seeking a smaller, clinically oriented residency program with a personalized approach. As a faculty, we strive to maintain a balance between the “service” that residents provide, and the education that they receive. Our diverse training sites, dedicated clinical teaching faculty, and extensive didactic curriculum all contribute to the character of the program, and attract residents with diverse backgrounds and interests. The ethnic diversity and low cost of living in Fresno also appeal to residents who value multiculturalism and quality of life.
Many of our trainees remain in the Central Valley after residency, working in a wide range of public and private sector positions, while others have chosen to continue their training in Fellowships. Because of the strong clinical foundation received during their training at UCSF Fresno, most graduates obtain Board Certification in Psychiatry.
The UCSF Fresno Psychiatry Residency program is exceptional. It is a relatively small program and provides an intimate academic environment that promotes independent learning and direct contact with all of the attendings throughout training. The clinical rotations have depth, are diverse, and provide a perfect platform to translate conceptual knowledge into clinical experience. California’s Central Valley is a special and meaningful place to train because of the unique patient need, diversity, and the breadth of pathology. Fresno is affordable, family friendly, has little traffic, and is an easy drive to some of California’s most desirable areas (Yosemite, the Bay area, the Central Coast). I cannot recommend the program highly enough—I feel that I received the highest quality training in a friendly, genuinely supportive environment.
—Sarah Sicher, MD
Chief Resident, 2016-2017
UCSF Fresno was perhaps the highlight of my medical training. I was enamored of the exceptional educational curriculum, the caring staff, and the attending faculty who treat your education as their top priority. It was my number-one choice for residency and I am so thankful that I was able to attend this program. Fresno, California, is a great place to work, with the psychiatry residency serving a diverse patient population in a multitude of important clinical settings that have fully prepared me for any future practice.
—Karthik Sethuram, DO
UCSF Fresno is the best kept secret in California. The training is outstanding with an even balance and emphasis on psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, service and education. However, the faculty is the program’s major strength — friendly, approachable, academically enriching. The supervision I received was on par with that offered by the giants in our field. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to train here.
—Jason Chapman, DO
What people may not see from a summary on a brochure or a quick visit is the culture or our program. Our small program combines both an approachable and friendly faculty and staff and a program director that genuinely cares about the wellbeing and success of its residents. As a resident of the program, you truly have a voice and are encouraged to contribute to making the program relevant and energized in changing times.
—Jennifer Lancaster, DO
There are wonderful teachers in the program… very knowledgeable and approachable, and great professional role models.
—Anna Xiao, MD
One of the great things about UCSF Fresno is that it is small. This means that you get to work one-on-one with attendings a lot of the time. This kind of close supervision has made my learning experience a valuable one. Fresno is a great place to live. You’re close to everything, but don’t have the hassles (such as high cost of living and a lot of traffic) that you get in Los Angeles or San Francisco. My wife and I bought a house on my first-year resident’s salary!
—David Krassner, MD
At UCSF Fresno we have time to enjoy our training…didactics are a priority and clinical work is designed to reinforce what we are learning. Creativity and individualism are encouraged. Our attendings are wise, knowledgeable team leaders. They enjoy teaching and seem to have as much fun as we do during our classes. If you are a big city fan, San Francisco and Los Angeles are nearby (I am from the Bay Area, and go there at least once a month). If you are an outdoors person, Sierra Summit with its wonderful ski and snowboard slopes is a 90-minute drive in the winter, and during the summer you can enjoy Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia and dozens of area lakes.
—Lena Sirbiladze, MD
The faculty members are encouraging and friendly with a strong commitment to teaching. The clinical services provide diverse patient care experiences and yet the workload does not preclude individual reading or research. The atmosphere is relaxed and the program is very responsive to resident needs. Fresno is a great place to explore personal and professional interests while living in a very affordable and livable city
—Matt House, DO