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 surgery residency curriculum is comprehensive and encompasses basic science, technical skill development, clinical knowledge, and development of surgical judgment and maturity through early operating experiences, weekly conferences, and bedside teaching.

Weekly conference lectures are given by senior residents and fellows. Core general surgery didactics are based on the SCORE curriculum with the goal of helping residents graduate with the necessary surgical knowledge to be a successful surgeon.

We have a competency-based curriculum that includes specific goals & objectives for each year and each rotation. The graduated responsibility assures that the resident develops competency in all areas as they progress.



The following conferences are held weekly:

  • Burn Conference
  • Critical Care/Trauma
  • Journal Club
  • Morbidity and Mortality
  • SCORE Conference
  • Surgery School
  • Skills Lab
  • Grand Rounds
  • Cancer Conference
  • Vascular Conference
  • Multidisciplinary Critical Care Conference



The Skills lab is a weekly session held at the Department of Surgery conference room as well as the Clinical Skills Lab. A variety of topics are covered, and ranges from suturing and knot tying to more complex topics such as use of stapling devices, bowel anastomosis, and ventilator management. There are also clinical scenario exercises using the SimMan. The program also has a Simulation Lab is located at the UCSF Fresno building where residents have 24/7 access to a high fidelity laparoscopic simulator and FLS training boxes.

Residents participate in an annual “Surgical X-Games” where residents compete against one another in different skill categories. The winners of the event are selected to attend the ACS Northern CA Chapter annual meeting and compete in the Surgical Jeopardy and Laparoscopic Bowl against other Northern California surgery residencies. UCSF Fresno placed first in 2015 & 2016.

Pictured below are the residents at the May 2016 ACS Northern CA Chapter annual meeting. Our residents won the Laparoscopic Bowl and Surgical Jeopardy a second year in a row.



The intern year consists of thirteen 4-week blocks and includes the following rotations:


PGY1: Trauma, Burns/Plastics, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic surgery, Elective Surgery, Surgical ICU, Anesthesia, Emergency Department/Research, Surgical Oncology

PGY2: Trauma ICU, Surgical ICU, Vascular, Surgical Oncology
PGY3: Cardiothoracic/Breast Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Transplant, General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
PGY4: Trauma/Acute Care, Burns/Plastics, Colorectal, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Thoracic
PGY5: Trauma/Acute Care, Elective General surgery, Vascular Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Thoracic

Rotations during the PGY-2 through PGY-5 years are at various hospital sites in Fresno. They include St. Agnes Medical Center, Fresno Heart and Surgical Hospital, Clovis Community Medical Center, and Valley Children’s Hospital. The transplant rotation takes place at the UCSF Parnassus campus, and residents live at a fully furnished house provided by UCSF Fresno.