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Jim Davis

Susanne Spano, MD

Program Director

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Wilderness Medicine

UCSF Fresno Wilderness Medicine Fellowship

The fellowship is a one-year program with the option to extend for two years for individuals who wish to pursue a Master’s in Public Health. The fellow will work clinically as a junior faculty member at Community Regional Medical Center (CRMC). Located in California’s San Joaquin Valley, the Level 1 Trauma and Burn Center provides access to Tertiary Care and Hospitalization for over 1.1 million residents in the region’s service area. The demographic profile of the community served is racially diverse; 52% Hispanic/Latino, 9% Asian, 5% Black, and 16% other races. Socioeconomic data demonstrate 26% live in poverty (<100% federal poverty level), with 25% of adults without a high school diploma, 8% unemployment, 13% uninsured, and childhood poverty at 37%. For every 100,000 residents, the Valley has 39 primary care physicians (22% less than the state average of 64) and an even lower share of specialists. Joining the health care team for fellowship is an opportunity to hone your practice skills at a busy health care facility– the 3rd busiest Emergency Department in California – but to also provide care where it is needed most.

The fellow works as part time clinical faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine or the Department of Family Medicine, as per residency training background. This 0.6 FTE clinical duties schedule affords the fellow plenty of time to participate in required curricular activities that develop the cognitive knowledge and skill sets expected of a Wilderness Medicine Fellow, as well as time to complete a research or scholarly project expected of all Fellows. A wide variety of experiences are available during the fellowship, yet the curriculum is designed to be flexible to allow each individual the opportunity to explore the areas of wilderness medicine that interest them the most.

 

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