A nationally-recognized model for community and university partnership, UCSF Fresno provides residents of the Central Valley with access to quality health care while enabling the future leaders of healthcare to work alongside the finest faculty.
The UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program is a major clinical and educational branch of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. For more than 30 years, the program has offered medical education and training for residents, fellows, and students, as well as broad continuing education opportunities, research, and public service.
Growing Valley Doctors
Medical residency training forms the core of the educational focus at UCSF Fresno. At any given time there are about 190 residents receiving training at UCSF Fresno, and the program graduates more than 60 resident physicians each year from seven disciplines. Since its inception, UCSF Fresno has trained approximately 3,000 physicians to become medical specialists in emergency medicine, family and community medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery.
One of the most important features of the Fresno program is the emphasis on hands-on training, whether in rural community-based facilities or larger hospitals. The 10-county, 60,000 square mile referral area ranges from populous cities to remote mountainous areas and includes broad multicultural diversity.
There are numerous benefits that the UCSF Fresno program brings to the Central Valley and the state of California. UCSF Fresno draws 75% of its residents from out of state with 75% of them choosing to remain in California after their residency is completed. Furthermore, one-third of UCSF Fresno graduates remain right here in the Central Valley to continue to practice.
Educational Opportunities for Medical Students
In addition to medical residency training programs, UCSF Fresno provides education for roughly 200 dynamic medical students each year. These medical students can participate in clerkships, electives or preceptorships in all areas of medical education and special training is available in cross-cultural medicine, migrant healthcare and rural healthcare. Students are also exposed to health care issues that are specific to the Central Valley including, but not limited to, teen pregnancy, special geriatric needs and respiratory health.
Each summer, UCSF Fresno offers unique educational opportunities for first-year and second-year medical students including medical Spanish-language and clinical skills courses. Third-year and fourth-year are eligible to participate in the Model Fresno program, a highly popular, innovative and intensive six-month period of hands-on clinical training in primary care settings.
UCSF Fresno strongly encourages research. Since 1998, UCSF Fresno has attracted nearly $26 million in grants and research dollars. With its unique demographics and cultural make-up, the Central Valley is the ideal setting for significant population-based studies. UCSF Fresno faculty and residents are engaged in a board spectrum of research with an emphasis on improving outcomes in high prevalence diseases such as asthma, diabetes and conditions that primarily affect the diverse population of the Central Valley.
UCSF Fresno is home to the Center for Medical Education and Research. The 82,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art building includes a digital medical library, virtual classrooms, the latest in instructional methods and technologies, and advanced research facilities are planned. The Center plays a pivotal role in the recruitment and retention of top physicians, faculty, and researchers in the Central San Joaquin Valley.
Continuing Medical and Dental Education
UCSF Fresno’s Office of Continuing Education provides educational opportunities for nearly 4,000 practicing physicians and health care professionals in the Central San Joaquin Valley each year. In addition, UCSF Fresno has been providing continuing dental education programs in the Valley since 1973. Continuing education lectures and conferences are designed to provide the most up-to-date information and are guided by the latest trends in clinical practice and research.
In keeping with its mission of research, teaching, and public service, UCSF Fresno sponsors programs that address the special health needs and issues of Central Valley residents as well as providing road maps for middle-school and high-school students to pursue careers in the health professions. Below are some of the programs that UCSF Fresno sponsors:
Alzheimer’s & Memory Center:
Established in 1989, it offers complete diagnostic services, treatment planning, counseling, caregiver support groups, and educational opportunities for patients, families, and health care professionals. The Alzheimer’s & Memory Center (AMC) also participates in valuable research that aims to find treatments to halt the disease in the future. AMC is one of 10 state-funded Alzheimer’s Research Centers of California and the only one of its kind in the Valley. AMC’s service area includes Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Mariposa, Stanislaus, Tulare, San Luis Obispo, and Tuolumne counties.
California Area Health Education Center, California Health Education & Training Center and California Preparedness Education Network:
These entities are closely affiliated with UCSF Fresno. These programs work to recruit, train and retain health professionals in underserved areas of the state. Each program seeks to improve access to health care and decrease health disparities while working to improve the quality and quantity of health services personnel available to care for poor and uninsured populations. The programs combined provide health education and training services to more than 20,000 California health professionals annually.
Doctors Academy at Sunnyside High School and Junior Doctors Academy:
These two programs are early collegiate preparation programs operated by UCSF Fresno’s Latino Center. Both programs seek to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students who go on to become competitive applicants to health profession schools.
Latino Center for Medical Education and Research:
This program addresses the persistent shortage and under-representation of Latino physicians in the medical practice community and teaching faculty at medical schools. Research efforts focus on the health care needs of Latinos and other underserved populations.
Fresno Pharmacy Education Program:
Established in 2002, this program brings fourth-year UCSF pharmacy students to the Fresno area to complete their required clinical rotations and senior research project. By doing so, the UCSF School of Pharmacy and UCSF Fresno hope to attract future pharmacists to practice and settle in the Central Valley. The program also actively works to attract local students into the pharmacy profession.
Summer Biomedical Internship Program:
This program was established in 1988 to provide a quality biomedical research experience for high school students. The program matches high school students with UCSF Fresno faculty members who have or are developing research projects.