Our Mission

To improve health in the San Joaquin Valley and Central California through teaching, patient care, research and community partnerships.

Our Story

Established in 1975, UCSF Fresno was created as a graduate medical education campus of the UCSF School of Medicine with support from the state Legislature and the Veteran’s Administration to address the severe shortage of physicians in California’s San Joaquin Valley. 

Today, UCSF Fresno is the largest academic physician-training program between Sacramento and San Francisco to the north and Los Angeles to the south. Each year, we train about 300 physicians and 300 rotating medical students including students in the UCSF San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education (SJV PRIME).

As a regional campus of UCSF, UCSF Fresno carries out its training and patient care through a network of affiliated partners. Physicians-in-training at UCSF Fresno experience a wide variety of settings, ranging from rural hospitals and clinics, health agencies and programs, faculty physicians’ offices to remote wilderness settings, to one of California’s busiest emergency rooms and the region’s only Level 1 trauma and burn center.

Many of our graduates stay in the Valley to care, teach, heal and discover. 

In addition to physician training, UCSF Fresno is widening the pathway to medical school for students from the region with a variety of programs. 

Our focus is on improving health in the San Joaquin Valley and Central California through teaching, patient care, research and community partnerships.

We are your UCSF Fresno.


UCSF PRIDE values are the cornerstone for everything we do and unite our faculty, students, researchers, caregivers, and staff in building a culture of collaboration that inspires us be our best today and in the future. Our values define us – how we work, learn, interact, and fulfill our mission.

P - Professionalism: To be competent, accountable, reliable and responsible, interacting positively and collaboratively with all colleagues, students, patients, visitors and business partners.

R - Respect: To treat all others as you wish to be treated, being courteous and kind, acting with utmost consideration of others.

  I - Integrity: To be honest, trustworthy and ethical, always doing the right thing, without compromising the truth, and being fair and sincere.

D - Diversity: To appreciate and celebrate differences in others, creating an environment of equity and inclusion with opportunities for everyone to reach their potential.

E - Excellence: To be dedicated, motivated, innovative and confident, giving your best every day, encouraging and supporting others to excel in everything they do.