UCSF Fresno Selected to Participate in National Professional Development Program

FRESNO – UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program is one of only nine institutions selected to
participate in an exciting, new national professional development program, Professionals
Accelerating Clinical and Educational Redesign (PACER). PACER is a three-year, grant-funded
program that will help build interprofessional faculty teams capable of transforming their clinical
practices and educational programs to better prepare trainees to work together in high
performing patient-centered medical homes.

“My colleagues and I are honored to have been selected for the PACER program and we look
forward to participating,” said Serena Yang, MD, MPH, associate clinical professor, UCSF
Fresno Department of Pediatrics and team leader of UCSF Fresno’s PACER. “This program will
enhance our knowledge and skills to provide and teach interprofessional, team-based,
comprehensive and continuous health care with the goal of achieving maximized health
outcomes for patients at the Deran Koligian Ambulatory Care Center as a Patient-Centered
Medical Home at Community Regional Medical Center. This is consistent with what we aim for
every day at UCSF Fresno.”

The nine selectees, including UCSF Fresno, have assembled outstanding teams of faculty from
the three primary care disciplines in medicine (i.e. family medicine, internal medicine and
pediatrics) as well as nursing, physician assistant, pharmacy, behavioral health and other
professional training programs. These PACER interprofessional teams will attend training
sessions and work closely with expert coaches to develop and implement new models of
interprofessional training in their primary care practices. Together, these nine teams across the
United States form a powerful learning community of educators that is well positioned to
transform primary care medicine and foster interprofessional, collaborative patient-centered

Ultimately, PACER will create a sustainable model of faculty development that evolves over
time, starting with the training of these nine interprofessional teams who will then collaborate
with other primary care residencies in their region. PACER will eventually create three regional
centers that will provide support, training and resources to expand the learning collaborative to
other primary care and health professions training programs.