UCSF Fresno Serves as Important Training Ground

February 01, 2010

UCSF Fresno, which has offered medical education and training for residents, fellows and students, for more than 30 years, is adding three new physician training programs in 2010.

UCSF Fresno will add a residency in orthopaedic surgery in June and a fellowship for psychosomatic medicine in July. A fellowship in acute care surgery began in January.

“We are very pleased to announce these new programs,” said Joan Voris, MD, associate dean at UCSF Fresno. “Every program we add increases the likelihood that the physicians trained here will stay here.”

The additions bring the number of physician training programs at UCSF Fresno to eight residencies and nine fellowships. Residency training, which follows medical school and is required to practice as a physician in the United States, generally lasts three to five years. Fellowships offer specific training in an area of expertise beyond residency training and typically last two to three years.

UCSF Fresno is a nationally recognized model for community and university partnerships, which gives people in Central California’s San Joaquin Valley access to high quality and culturally competent health care.

Physicians in training — working alongside faculty — get the opportunity to experience the dynamic interplay of medical academicians, researchers and health care providers in the Central Valley.

Since its inception nearly 35 years ago, UCSF Fresno has graduated more than 2,000 resident physicians. UCSF Fresno faculty and medical residents care for the overwhelming majority of the area’s underserved populations.

UCSF Fresno also serves as a valuable training ground for pharmacy students. The Fresno Pharmacy Education Program, established in 2002, brings fourth-year UCSF pharmacy students to the San Joaquin Valley to complete their required clinical rotations and senior research project.

UCSF Fresno also offers continuing medical and dental education to professionals in the region.

And UCSF Fresno is an important site for student outreach, helping to build the pipeline of future health professionals by providing academic preparation programs for middle- and high-school students interested through the Doctors Academy and Junior Doctors Academy.

To learn more about UCSF Fresno, watch this new video.