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Graduate Medical Education

Children’s Hospital Central California is a major affiliate of the UCSF Fresno Pediatric Residency Program. This is a four-year fully accredited post-graduate training program encompassing all aspects of pediatric medicine.

Our program provides a structured educational experience that achieves the balance of strong general pediatrics with subspecialty medicine, and Children’s Hospital provides hands-on inpatient medicine in a state-of-the-art facility with an enviable patient mix. With its unique blend of specialty and general pediatric faculty, our program provides training appropriate for any career path in Child Health. For more information please visit the UCSF-Fresno website.

Value to Residents

Hands-On Pediatrics
The UCSF Fresno Pediatric Residency Program provides a comprehensive general pediatric education that prepares graduates for both general clinical and advance training in pediatrics.

Throughout training in this exciting four-year program, you will gain important clinical experience in a hands-on environment. Residents rotate through our main teaching hospital–the world-class, state of the art Children’s Hospital Central California–and Community Regional Medical Center. Both are regional facilities, with a large and diverse multicultural patient population.

At Children's Hospital, you'll learn and practice in one of the nation's premier pediatric facilities. It boasts the Central Valley's only level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and also houses nearly all pediatric subspecialties.

Twelve pediatric categorical appointments are filled in the match each year. In addition, our program educates surgery, family practice, emergency medicine, and ob-gyn residents along with medical students from UCSF and other medical schools throughout the United States. Our graduates enjoy a wide variety of practice opportunities in Central California as well as ready acceptance into many of the nation’s finest specialty fellowships.

Health care employment in the Central Valley offers a very competitive salary combined with a low cost of living and excellent housing. Also, since the Valley is located in the heart of the state, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and three of the world's most famous national parks -- Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia -- are all a short drive away.    

Emphasis on Primary Care
Most of our residents choose the UCSF Fresno program because of  the residency experience, which is conducive to a good hands-on, comprehensive education in pediatrics. As a resident, you’ll have great access to hospital and clinic based full-time teaching faculty and private practice attendings.

While a resident, you’ll function as a primary care physician with a graduated increase in patient care and teaching responsibilities. By the third year, you will assume largely independent patient care responsibility while developing supervisory and teaching skills. Our residents have direct contact with their attendings and have the opportunity to perform procedures in clinics, wards and intensive care units.

Diversity and Depth
Our pediatric patients come from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds in a 45,000 square-mile Central California referral area. You’ll treat unique disease entities often found only in textbooks, but you are supported by state-of-the-art technology and a complete multidisciplinary health care system. Through these amenities, you’ll learn the skills necessary to deliver pediatric care to a multicultural population in any geographic setting.

Benefits of Hands-On Experience
As previously mentioned, our program offers participatory, hands-on patient care. We believe you must participate in learning, not just observe it. You’ll be welcomed as an integral part of our health care team, working in close proximity with clinical instructors, attending pediatricians, nurses, medical social workers, psychologists and pediatric nurse practitioners. This experience–coupled with preferred work schedules and competitive compensation–results in a program that creates an optimal pediatric primary care educational environment.

Our Continuity Program is your pediatric proving ground; a time when what you’ve learned is put into practice. As a pediatrician-in-training, you’ll follow a specific patient population for three years, allowing you the opportunity to sharpen your clinical skills while learning to coordinate patient care with other health care providers. In addition, you’ll also gain insight and observational experience in the effects of time on health and disease.  

Pediatrics Curriculum
Inpatient experience takes place primarily at Children’s Hospital Central California. At Children’s you’ll find a variety of subspecialty and general pediatric patients, offering a broad range of experiences and learning opportunities.

Specialty rotations at Children's provide educational opportunities in:

  • cardiology
  • clinical care
  • emergency medicine
  • endocrinology
  • gastroenterology
  • hematology
  • immunology
  • infectious disease
  • metabolic disease
  • neonatology
  • nephrology
  • neurology
  • oncology
  • orthopaedics
  • pulmonology
  • rehabilitation
  • rheumatology
  • surgery
  • urology

The program offers a close relationship between caring subspecialists and residents. In addition, electives are available at UCSF’s main campus in San Francisco.

Caring and Supportive Facility
Our dedicated pediatric community understands that successful students should not only be clinically challenged, but also fully supported by professionals committed to their success. Our goal is for you to leave our program feeling confident that you’ve been trained by people who care about you not only as a physician, but also as an individual.

Pediatric Medical Students
Core clerkships are offered to medical students in family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry and surgery. First priority is given to UCSF students, but if space permits, visiting students may participate if they meet eligibility criteria. Elective clerkships are offered to UCSF and visiting students in the above areas as well as in dermatology, emergency medicine and neurology. In addition to both core and elective clerkships, UCSF Fresno offers special opportunities for medical students. The Model Fresno program is available to third year UCSF students for an intensive six month period of hands-on clinical training in primary care settings. The Medical Spanish and Clinical Skills course is available to UCSF students. Visiting first and second year students can participate in the popular summer rural preceptorship program. 

Value to Patients

It is well known that hospitals with quality medical education programs often offer great care to patients. In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine it was discovered that teaching hospitals provided better care in two out of three categories (Care in Hospitals - The Hospital Quality Alliance Program, July 21, 2000).