UCSF Fresno Graduates Physicians: Many Stay in the Central Valley

UCSF Fresno Graduates Physicians: Many Stay in the Central Valley

Group of UCSF Fresno graduates

UCSF Fresno recently graduated nearly 100 physicians to care for patients in the Central Valley and beyond, to teach the next generation of outstanding clinicians, physician leaders and patient advocates. Meet some of the graduates.

Nahera Adams, MD, was among the residents who graduated from UCSF Fresno. An Assyrian American and Modesto native, Dr. Adams completed residency training in internal medicine. He will be caring for patients in Turlock, including many people he grew up with. According to Adams, Turlock has the second largest community of Assyrian Americans in the U.S. Adams comes from a family of physicians. His father practiced medicine in the Central Valley for almost 40 years. His brother will also practice in Turlock when he completes a residency in psychiatry next year.

Mohamed Fayed, MD, also graduated. Dr. Fayed completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care and is staying at UCSF Fresno as a faculty member. Fellowships offer specific training in an area of expertise beyond residency. In addition, he is part of a high-level medical team at Community Regional Medical Center that uses technology known as ECMO to offer patients with life-threatening respiratory or cardiac failure new hope for life.

Porterville native, Tejal Pandya, MD, completed residency training in general surgery. Dr. Pandya is a second-generation surgeon after her father. She is staying at UCSF Fresno as part-time faculty and will join her mother and father at his practice in Porterville.

Congratulations to these outstanding physicians and all of the 2017 graduates! Fifty percent of the physicians trained at UCSF Fresno stay in the Central Valley to provide medical care in our community.

UCSF Fresno Physician Teaches Doctors Locally and Around the Globe

Medical student showing off various medical equipment

A theater student turned emergency medicine doctor, Jessica Mason, MD, was among UCSF Fresno’s recent graduates. Dr. Mason is now at the intersection of medicine, education and entertainment.

Mason trains physicians locally and across the U.S. and globe from UCSF Fresno as a contributor and producer for the popular podcast for physicians, Emergency Medicine Reviews and Perspectives, and shares health information with the general public via a humorous medical podcast called This Won’t Hurt a Bit.

Mason completed a fellowship in emergency medicine education and stayed on as faculty at UCSF Fresno. The goal of the UCSF Fresno Emergency Medicine Education Fellowship is to train physicians specifically for leadership roles in emergency medicine at medical education programs like UCSF Fresno.  Fellowships offer specific training in an area of expertise beyond residency. UCSF Fresno offers training in nine residency specialty programs and 17 subspecialty fellowship programs.

Mason was featured recently in The Fresno Bee article, “This tech-savvy doctor is turning ER patients into podcast stars.


Boot Camp Gets New UCSF Fresno Residents Ready for Training

Two residents studying out of a book

More than 80 new physicians recently started medical residency training at UCSF Fresno with a boot camp

It was a day of intensive, focused training, but not the rigorous physical or military kind. Instead, groups of residents practiced patient care skills under the direction of experienced faculty and resident physicians at UCSF Fresno using a variety of methods, including advanced adult and pediatric simulation mannequins.

Medical simulation is an integral component of medical education. Simulation equipment and simulated patient care scenarios enable medical professionals to enhance their procedural and critical thinking skills in a realistic and safe environment without risk to patients. UCSF Fresno uses medical simulation to train its medical students and resident physicians.

The clinical skills boot camp is made possible by the Leon S. Peters Foundation.

Nation’s Top Speller is a Member of UCSF Fresno’s Extended Family

Spelling Bee Winner celebrating their victory

On June 1, Ananya Vinay, a 12-year-old and then sixth grader from Fugman Elementary School in Clovis Unified School District won the Scripps National Spelling Bee. But long before she became a national celebrity, Ananya was the apple of her parents’ eyes and a member of the extended UCSF Fresno family.

To win the competition, Ananya correctly spelled “marocain,” a French word for a dress fabric made of silk and rayon. Just like that, she became Fresno and the nation’s sweetheart –  delighting spelling bee viewers and making family and friends, including faculty and staff at UCSF Fresno, incredibly proud.

Ananya’s mother is Anupama Poliyedath, MD, an assistant clinical professor at UCSF Fresno. Dr. Poliyedath, Ananya’s dad, Vinay Skreekumer, brother Achuth and grandmother rooted her on the night of the big win.

After the spelling bee, Ananya and her family embarked on a whirlwind tour that included ringing the bell at the New York Stock Exchange and appearances on national TV shows. Ananya is no stranger to spelling bees, she won the California State Spelling Bee three times. She was one of only 15 students who qualified for finals out of more than 300 top spellers across the U.S.


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