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

Amy kwok

Amy Kwok, MD, MPH, FACS

Program Director

UCSF Fresno surgery Fact Sheet

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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 

Amy Kwok, MD, MPH, FACS


Associate Program Director 

Anne Prentice
Anne Prentice, MD

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) 499-6634
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 step 1 and 2 transcript

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 2023-2024 Academic Year:
November: 10, 16, 22
December: 1, 7, 13
January 2023: 5, 11, 17

Interviews for the 2023-2024 academic year will be held virtually via Zoom.

UCSF Fresno: Training Outstanding Physicians

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 Postgraduate Training License and Medical License
Effective January 1, 2020, a PTL will be required for all U.S. MD/DO/IMG residents participating in an ACGME accredited postgraduate training program in California, who have less than thirty-six months of postgraduate training, in order to practice medicine as part of their training program. A PTL must be obtained within 180 days after enrollment in an ACGME accredited postgraduate training program in California and will not be required to be renewed.

Transition from a Postgraduate Training License (PTL) to a Physician’s and Surgeon’s License (PTL Holders Only):

Eligibility for a California Physician’s and Surgeon’s Certificate as follows:

  • Medical residents’ completion of 36 months of a Board-approved program accredited by either the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or College of Family Physicians of Canada, for all applicants regardless of whether the medical school attended was domestic or international;
  • Successfully complete 24 consecutive months of training in the same program;
  • Must have taken and passed Step 3 of the USMLE examination and/or the COMLEX Level 3

CE and PE for DOs.

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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