UP CLOSE | UCSF Fresno Receives Funds for Scholarships and Mobile Clinic

The Central Valley Community Foundation and Anthem Blue Cross recently awarded UCSF Fresno over $80,000. The funding provides scholarships for medical students at UCSF Fresno in the San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education. SJV PRIME trains future physicians specifically to work with underserved communities in the Valley.

On average, medical students graduate with almost $200,000 in education-related debt. Funding for scholarships is vital to recruiting well-qualified students to the SJV PRIME.

The grant also will help start a student-run mobile clinic. The mobile clinic will bring health screenings to rural communities where they are needed most and will provide training opportunities for both SJV PRIME students and undergraduates at institutions such as UC Merced and Fresno State.

“We are sincerely grateful to the Central Valley Community Foundation and Anthem for supporting UCSF Fresno’s efforts to train and retain future physicians in the region and to expand access to health care in underserved areas,” said Kenny Banh, MD, assistant dean for Undergraduate Medical Education and Student Services, at UCSF Fresno.