UCSF Fresno Doctors Academy Accepting Applications for the 2024-2025 School Year

The UCSF Fresno Doctors Academy is accepting applications for programs at Caruthers and Sunnyside high schools. The Doctors Academy is a school-within-a-school academic program for students interested in careers in health and medicine. Interested students can obtain information and apply online by selecting the How to Apply tab at https://doctorsacademy.ucsf.edu/  

The application filing period begins Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023. The deadline to apply is Friday, Dec. 1, 2023.

Informational Meetings will be held for interested students and parents:

  • Monday, Oct. 9, 6 to 7 p.m., Caruthers High School Media Center, 2580 W. Tahoe Ave, Caruthers, CA 93609
  • Tuesday, Oct. 10, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Sunnyside High School Library, 1019 S. Peach Ave., Fresno, CA 93727

Meetings are open to eighth-grade students who are interested in careers in health and medicine and their parents. Participants will learn about the Doctors Academy admissions requirements, program expectations, and how to apply. Staff members will be available to answer questions and provide in-person assistance with the online application. Spanish interpretation will be available for parents/guardians. Please contact our program coordinators If additional accommodations are needed.

Eighth-grade students interested in applying to the Caruthers Doctors Academy programs and who live outside the Caruthers Unified School District will be required to obtain an inter-district transfer approval.

Applications to the Sunnyside Doctors Academy are only open to eighth-grade students within the Fresno Unified School District and must submit a transfer form to the Fresno Unified School District Transfer Office by the Dec. 1, 2023, deadline. More information is available on the application website.


The UCSF Fresno Doctors Academy program was established in 1999 at Sunnyside High School in Fresno. In 2007, the program was expanded to include a rural site at Caruthers High School. Over 1,000 students have completed the full UCSF Fresno Doctors Academy program since the first cohort graduated in 2003 and 100% of students in the program who have applied have received admission to four-year colleges and universities.

More information regarding our middle school program, UCSF Fresno Junior Doctors Academy, will be available in spring 2024 at https://doctorsacademy.ucsf.edu/ Additional UCSF Fresno affiliated health pathway programs can be found listed on the Office of Health Career Pathways Website at https://sjvpremed.ucsf.edu/     

For more information, please contact the respective UCSF Fresno Academic Program Coordinator.

Caruthers High School applicants:

Karina Reyes Banuelos, M.A., Academic Program Coordinator, [email protected]

Sunnyside High School applicants:

Paula Peterson, M.S., PPS, Academic Program Coordinator, [email protected]      

General questions about UCSF Fresno Doctors Academy programs, please contact Stephanie Huerta Alvarez, MPH, Education Director, [email protected]

About UCSF Fresno: UCSF Fresno is a regional campus of the UCSF School of Medicine and UCSF, the leading institution dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. Established in 1975, UCSF Fresno is focused on improving health in the San Joaquin Valley and Central California through excellence in teaching and patient care, innovative clinical research and community partnerships. UCSF Fresno is the largest academic physician-training program between San Francisco and Sacramento to the north and Los Angeles to the south. UCSF Fresno trains about 300 physicians and hundreds of rotating medical students including students in the UCSF San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education each year. More than 600 UCSF core and volunteer faculty at UCSF Fresno care for thousands of patients annually and train the next generation of outstanding clinicians and patient advocates. Roughly 50 % of the physicians trained at UCSF Fresno stay in the Valley to provide UCSF care. In addition, UCSF Fresno helps prepare middle, high school and college students for careers in health and medicine through a variety of pathway programs. Please visit www.fresno.ucsf.edu

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