FRESNO – UCSF Fresno will move one step closer to opening its new Medical Education and Research Center (MERC) with the installation of the building signage on Tuesday, August 31.

Installation will take place between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM at 155 N. Fresno Street at Divisadero, adjacent to Community Regional Medical Center in downtown Fresno.

Under construction now, the new UCSF Fresno MERC will help shape the future of local medicine. The nearly 82,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art building will have a medical library, virtual classrooms, the latest in instructional methods and technologies, and advanced research facilities. It will play a pivotal role in the recruitment and retention of quality physicians in the Central San Joaquin Valley.

The center will serve as the hub of the UCSF Fresno medical education activities and will house both the administrative and educational components of the program together for the first time in UCSF Fresno’s 30-year history.

The UCSF Fresno MERC is scheduled to open early next year, with a grand opening gala set for April.

UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program plays a substantial role in providing health care services to San Joaquin Valley residents and training medical professionals in the region. UCSF Fresno has trained one-third of Valley physicians currently practicing in one of the seven specialties in which UCSF Fresno provides training. Since its inception in 1974, UCSF Fresno has graduated approximately 60 physicians every year, totaling more than 2,000 to date. UCSF Fresno faculty and medical residents also care for the overwhelming majority of the area’s underserved populations. In addition, UCSF Fresno educates about 200 medical students each year.