Message from the chairman

James W. Davis, MD, FACS

Since 1975, the Department of Surgery has expanded and continued to provide excellence in clinical care to the Central San Joaquin Valley.

Program Director Message

Jim Davis

Mary Wolfe, MD, FACS

Program Director

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

The UCSF Fresno 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.

Program Director 

Mary M. Wolfe, MD, FACS


Associate Program Director 

Amy Kwok, MD, MPH, FACS

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

Valerie Pamatmat
Community Regional Medical Center
2823 Fresno St., Dept. of Surgery 1st Floor
Fresno, CA 93721
Telephone: (559) 459 -5196
FAX: (559) 459-3719
Web address:

Application Requirements: ( Program Specific Information)
PGY-1 positions are available on a competitive basis in accordance with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)

  • ERAS Application
  • MSP letter
  • 3 Letters of recommendation (including program director or surgery chair)
  • Grade/transcripts
  • Class rank
  • USMLE scores – Minimum Step I score of 230.

Notice of Employment Eligibility Requirement

Interviews are by invitation only. Selections for PGY-1 are made by surgery faculty following interviews.

Deadline for applications:
December 1

Interview Dates for the 2020-2021 Academic Year:
November: 8, 14, 20, 26
December: 6, 12, 18
January: 3, 7


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.

California Medical License-
The State of California requires housestaff who meet the following criteria to have a license in order to continue training:

  • US Graduate- must possess a license by the 1st day of the 25th month of (all) US ACGME Accredited Post Graduate Training
  • Foreign/International Graduate- must possess a license by the 1st day of the 37th month of (all) US ACGME Accredited Post Graduate Training

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 State of California requires that graduates of schools outside the U.S. or Canada obtain a “Postgraduate Training Authorization” letter authorizing residency training in California. The letter is valid for entry into a training program for one year. The expected start date for residency training must be before the letter expires (one year from issue date).

You must be in possession of an ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certificate in order to commence residency training in the United States. Please visit the ECFMG website at for additional information on how to obtain certification.

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